Schedule

EXPLORE THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

Monday, June 12 to Sunday, June 18 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions, from interactive experiences to stunning photography showcases featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists. Our current exhibitions include Earth Explorers, Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry, and National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here. The National Geographic Museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

EXPLORERS SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, June 15 & Friday, June 16 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | National Geographic Society

Each year, some of the most innovative explorers in the world come together at National Geographic headquarters to share their discoveries, breakthroughs, and amazing stories from the field. This year’s event welcomes a fascinating community of scientists and conservationists, storytellers and change makers for two days of inspirational and thought-provoking presentations. Vital topics include new challenges in conservation, how citizen science is making a difference, transformative technology, and how storytelling can change the world. View the schedule and speakers below.

Watch the Explorers Symposium Online

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

INVITATION-ONLY

NAT GEO NIGHTS: INTO THE OKAVANGO

Thursday, June 15| 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM | National Geographic Society

Join Nat Geo Explorers for a night of great music, food, and drinks. In a special Explorers Festival presentation, guests will meet members of an amazing team that have spent the past two years navigating the Okavango River Basin as part of an impressive endeavor to help document and protect one of the last truly wild places on Earth.

BYT & NAT GEO’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, AN EXPLORERS FESTIVAL AFTER-HOURS

Friday, June 16| 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM | National Geographic Society

National Geographic is teaming up with BrightestYoungThings.com to bring you an excellent adventure to remember. This special Explorers Festival after-hours campus takeover will feature great music, explorer talks and experiences, bars, exclusive museum access, lasers, and (maybe...just maybe) a time traveling phone booth. Join hundreds of BYTs for this wild ride. Being an explorer is highly encouraged, but being excellent is mandatory.

RED PLANET VS. BLUE PLANET: WHERE DO WE EXPLORE NEXT?

Saturday, June 17| 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM | National Geographic Society

Explore this thought-provoking question with some of the world’s best explorers and storytellers as they talk about the future of exploration on this planet and across the galaxy. Our host for the day, the entertaining environmental anthropologist and Nat Geo 2011 Explorer of the Year Kenny Broad, will take you on a journey from the surface of Mars to the depths of the ocean as we learn from the best and brightest in exploration. This daylong session will include the following conversations:

CELEBRATION OF EXPLORATION CULINARY EXPEDITION & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AWARDS

Saturday, June 17| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM | George Washington University Courtyard & Lisner Auditorium

Join the biggest names in exploration as we pay tribute to the visionaries who push boundaries and change our world for the better. Festivities will begin with a global culinary adventure featuring an array of cuisines prepared by some of D.C.’s most celebrated chefs like Victor Albisu of Del Campo, Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Todd Gray of Equinox, complemented by cultural performances highlighting National Geographic’s work around the world.

We’ll continue the evening in Lisner Auditorium with a star-studded show hosted by writer and comedian Mo Rocca, with filmmaker and explorer James Cameron, TV host Jason Silva and a special performance by X Ambassadors lead signer Sam Harris. During the show we will proudly honor astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, photojournalist Brian Skerry, and clean-energy visionaries Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of Solar Impulse, who have led the crusade to preserve the planet for future generations.

FURTHER FILM FESTIVAL

Sunday, June 18| 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM | National Geographic Society

National Geographic opens the curtain on an exciting new film festival showcasing the amazing work—and inspired vision—of our explorers in the field. Be the first to preview this year’s top entries, and join the filmmakers and explorers for an inside look at the stories behind the stories.

Photo

Top Image: Jeff Martin