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Now more than ever, our planet needs our help.

The National Geographic Society supports research, exploration, and conservation in every part of the globe every year. Learn more about our grants program here.

We focus our attention on key projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture, and conserve some of our planet’s last wild places.

Learn about our current projects, their impact and see the latest updates below.

Current Projects

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Big Cats Initiative  

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.



National Geographic Labs harnesses both technology and innovation, driving new ways of exploring and understanding the world, redefining our relationship to the planet and to each other, and inspiring actions to secure a planet in balance.

Last Wild Places

Last Wild Places  

By supporting critical scientific research, fieldwork, and the development and deployment of innovative conservation solutions, we are helping protect and restore some of the last remaining wild landscapes on the planet.

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Perpetual Planet  

Through trailblazing research and storytelling, we're shining a light on the importance and challenges facing our planet's critical life support systems.

Okavango Wilderness Project

Okavango Wilderness Project  

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.

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Out of Eden Walk  

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is undertaking an epic experiment in slow journalism—a storytelling walk across the world in the footsteps of our ancestors.

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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.

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Photo Camp  

Photo Camp has partnered with organizations worldwide to give youth a voice since 2003.

Plastic: Sea to Source

Plastic: Sea to Source  

In order to tackle plastic pollution we are leading a multi-year initiative to investigate how plastic moves through watersheds and supporting solutions to keep plastics from ever reaching the ocean.

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Pristine Seas  

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.

Sumatran Rhino Rescue

Sumatran Rhino Rescue  

The Sumatran rhino is on the brink of extinction. But you can help by joining the National Geographic Society and a team of expert conservation organizations to save the species.

Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch  

An investigative reporting project focused on wildlife crime and exploitation.


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Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has awarded over 13,000 grants to up-and-comers as well as well-established leaders in their fields from conservation, education, research, storytelling and technology. Our grantees help further understanding of our planet and generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.

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Top ImageS (1-4) BY: PETE MULLER, MANU SAN FÉlix, Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark, and john stanmeyer. "Current projects” photographs: (beyond yellowstone); BEVERLY JOUBERT/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (BIG CATS INITIATIVE); CHRIS BOYES/national geographic (last wild places); Enaut Izagirre (life at the extremes); JAMES KYDD (OKAVANGO WILDERNESS PROJECT); JOHN STANMEYER/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (OUT OF EDEN WALK); Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark (Photo Ark); Stacy Gold/National Geographic (Photo Camp); JOHN STANMEYER/national geographic (plastic: source to sea);  ENRIC SALA/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (PRISTINE SEAS); JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (SUmatran rhino rescue); Robert Clark/National Geographic (Space Archaeology); BRent stirton/national geographic (wildlife watch); George Grall/national geographic (year of the bird).