The National Geographic Society supports hundreds of research, exploration, and conservation projects in every part of the globe every year—and we have for decades. (Learn more about our scientific grant programs.)
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.
We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact— for 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new, interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.
Top Image (Ray): manu san félix/National Geographic; "Initiatves" Section: Enric Sala/National Geographic (Pristine Seas); Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark (Photo Ark), John Stanmeyer/National Geographic (Out of Eden Walk), Beverly Joubert/National Geographic (Big Cats Initiative), James Kydd (Okavango Wilderness Project), David Evans (The Genographic Project); "Other Key Projects" section: Eric Leifer (BioBlitz); James P. Blair/National Geographic (Freshwater); Stacy Gold/National Geographic (Photo Camp); Robert Clark/National Geographic (Space Archaeology)