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National Geographic Initiatives

The National Geographic Society currently supports hundreds of research, exploration, and conservation projects in every part of the globe every year—and we have for decades.

To add to the impact our support can have, we also call out a few specific areas and projects that help focus attention, make new discoveries, and bring timely protection to endangered animals, cultures, and ecosystems. 

Explore our current portfolio of initiatives, and get the latest updates from them below.

  • The Ocean

    Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and conservation project that aims to find, survey, and help protect the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean.

  • Photo Ark

    Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every species in captivity—inspiring people to see all animals with respect and wonder, and to inspire protection for them all.

  • Human Stories

    Paul Salopek is walking from Africa to South America, finding connections between stories at the pace of a human's footsteps.

  • Saving Big Cats

    Around the world, trophy hunting, habitat loss, and conflict with humans are putting big cats at great risk. See what we're doing to help.

  • Freshwater

    The National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative is a multiyear global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain.

  • Genetic Legacy

    The Genographic Project is uncovering the migratory history of humans through analysis of DNA contributed by people from cities, towns, and remote villages around the world.

Other Key Projects

  • Connecting With Nature

    This year more than 250 parks will host a BioBlitz, connecting people of all ages with scientists and rangers to help find and identify every living species they can.

  • Saving the Okavango

    Traveling by traditional canoes and armed with cutting-edge research technology, Steve Boyes and team explore one of Earth's last and greatest wilderness areas.

  • Space Archaeology

    National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak is using her $1-million TED Prize to create a platform that enables you to help find and preserve archaeological sites around the world.

The Latest From Pristine Seas

National Geographic and Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean.

  • Pristine Seas Your Shot Assignment

    Photographers from National Geographic's Your Shot community participated in an assignment curated by Pristine Seas director Dr. Enric Sala to celebrate the incredible diversity of our oceans this World Oceans Day.

  • Revillagigedo Expedition

    To improve the understanding of how the entire ecosystem of this archipelago works, the Pristine Seas team will use various tools to explore, scientifically survey, and record the environment around the archipelago.

  • In a Bubble of Air in the Deep Pacific

    When you are aboard our three-person submarine you sit inside a completely clear sphere giving unrivaled views and the wonderful feeling of living in a bubble of air in the deep ocean.

Big Cats Initiative Updates

National Geographic, along with Dereck and Beverly Joubert, launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change around the dire situation facing big cats.

Apply for a Grant

For over 125 years, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 11,000 grants for research, conservation, and exploration. They've gone to forward-thinking students and long-established leaders in their fields. There have been major discoveries, bitter disappointments, bold gambles, and quiet, steady successes. Each one has contributed to a richer human understanding of the world and all that’s in it. 

There’s a lot more out there. Let’s explore together.

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