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Update on the 2020 GeoBee

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee and GeoChallenge competitions. This includes the state-level GeoBee competitions and regional-level GeoChallenge competitions scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 as well as the GeoChampionships scheduled in May 2020 at National Geographic headquarters. 

Below is a statement from Vicki Phillips, Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society.

Like other organizations around the world, the National Geographic Society is continuing to monitor the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which includes evaluating all of our public-facing programs. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s National Geographic GeoBee and GeoChallenge competitions. We believe it is critical to safeguard the health and safety of our GeoBee and GeoChallenge communities—and all those who take part in our events and experiences—by taking proactive steps to avoid any unnecessary health risks associated with group gatherings.

We are deeply saddened by this turn of events and did not make this decision lightly. We recognize the tremendous amount of time and effort that students, teachers, coordinators, administrators, parents and staff have poured into these competitions. We sincerely appreciate your patience as we’ve worked to adapt to this rapidly evolving public health crisis.

Our goal with the GeoBee and GeoChallenge is to provide competitions that inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. That will always remain the North Star for these competitions. Although we won’t be able to move forward with the next levels of the competition as originally intended, we are immensely proud of our GeoBee and GeoChallenge communities and the inspiration and ingenuity they showcase every day.

Thank you for your understanding and for your support.


Registration for the 2019–2020 GeoBee has closed. Registration for the 2020–2021 school year will open August 2020. Click the button below to be notified when registration opens.

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The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national.

Schools conduct a GeoBee and name a school champion. The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top-100-ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school in the State level of the GeoBee competition. State champions are then invited to compete in the national championship.

Congratulations to our 2019 National Champion Nihar Janga of Austin, Texas. Read more or watch the final round here.


Picture of students using the Geo Bee Challenge app
Photograph by Lori Epstein

Prepare Your Students with Lesson Plans and Study Resources  

National Geographic Society Education staff have collected resources to help students study for the GeoBee. Visit our Study Corner for study guides, apps, and Kahoots!

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About the GeoBee

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition open to students in grades four through eight, for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS).

Moments from the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee

Top photograph by Brianna Dickson