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Student Matinees

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$5 plus one free chaperone ticket for every 10 students

Photograph by Becky Hale

About this Event

A field trip to a National Geographic Student Matinee introduces students to world-changing National Geographic Explorers, including photographers, filmmakers, and scientists. Matinee presentations are approximately one hour and include a short question-and-answer session with the speaker. Spark students’ curiosity in science, exploration, and storytelling!

In Washington, D.C., groups can extend their visit to National Geographic headquarters and stay for lunch and a complimentary museum visit. Information about National Geographic Student Matinees outside of Washington, D.C., can be found here.

Here are a few key details to help you plan your visit:

  • Student matinees begin at 10 a.m.

  • Student matinees are designed for middle school students.

  • At least one chaperone per 10 students is required. No more than three chaperones per 10 students are permitted.


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$5 plus one free chaperone ticket for every 10 students
1600 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


Tuesday, February 25 | 10 AM

Exploring the Arctic  

Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva tells stories about our changing planet through the lens of her camera. She’ll take students behind the scenes of her fascinating National Geographic project documenting how people living along the Northern Sea Route in the Russian Arctic are dealing with a world of change—from their economy to their climate.

Themes: Siberia, Russia, photography, Arctic, mammoths
Suggested Grades: 5-8

Friday, March 13 | 10 AM

Gombe Stream National Park  

Journey to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania with Bill Wallauer, a scientific advisor and famed wildlife filmmaker for the Jane Goodall Institute. Students will travel through lush, dense forests and learn more about the place where Jane Goodall made her groundbreaking discoveries about chimpanzees.

Themes: Film, conservation, geography, chimpanzees
Suggested Grades: 5-8

Thursday, March 19 | 10 AM

Wild Waters  

Go on a scientific adventure through Canada’s diverse and wild rivers, lakes, and coastlines with ecologist Dalal Hanna. Students will learn about the many ways these waters contribute to human well-being and discover how we can foster a more sustainable future.

Themes: Ecology, conservation, water, biology, adventure
Suggested Grades: 5-8

Wednesday, March 25 | 10 AM

The Secret Life of Bears  

Conservation ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant works in the expansive American Prairie Reserve to protect and restore iconic wildlife populations, including North America black and grizzly bears, in a region once known for its great number of wild animals.

Themes: Bears, wildlife, conservation, biology
Suggested Grades: 3-8

Friday, April 3 | 10 AM

Into the Canopy: In Virtual Reality  

Take a virtual reality expedition into the clouds! Student will adventure with ecologist Kevin McLean through the remote treetops of a Panamanian rainforest on a secluded archipelago in the Caribbean Sea to explore this truly unique tropical location.

Themes: Trees, geography, ecology, biodiversity, adventure
Suggested Grades: 8+

Wednesday, April 29 | 10 AM

Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions  

Join award-winning photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale as she shares the powerful images that have made her a celebrated storyteller. After seeing how Ami has documented wildlife conservation and chronicled those working to protect nature, students will leave feeling inspired to tell their own stories.  

Themes: Wildlife, photography, culture
Suggested Grades: 5-8