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WASHINGTON (March 14, 2016) – In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, 35 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada have been selected as the 10th group of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2016 Fellows will embark on global expeditions onboard the Lindblad expedition ships, National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endeavour, in pursuit of enhancing their geographic knowledge with hands-on field experience that they will bring back to their local communities.

Every year, K-12 educators around the county are encouraged to apply for this unique learning experience and professional development opportunity.

The 2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are:

Leah Gagne, Duluth, Minnesota
Kristen Gill, North Vancouver, British Columbia
Sarah Smith, Painted Post, New York
Karina Vanderbilt, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kerri McAllister, Sausalito, California
Craig Hemsath, La Porte City, Iowa
Jonathan Frostad, Anacortes, Washington
Fiona Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Michelle Bretherton, Olympia, Washington
Kathleen Ho, Mountain View, California
Jeanne Muzi, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Breanna Myles, Lion’s Head, Ontario
Marcella Ovalle, San Antonio, Texas
Ellen Hoitsma, Baltimore, Maryland
Amy Rothschild, Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Gattis, Charlotte, North Carolina
Timothy Martin, Browns Summit, North Carolina
Heather Page, Astoria, New York
Cholehna Weaver, Ocean View, New Jersey
Joe Grabowski, Guelph, Ontario
Mark Woodward, Ketchikan, Alaska
Karla Cienfuegos, Northridge, California
Karuna Skariah, Burtonsville, Maryland
Louise McMinn, Greenwich, Connecticut
Amy Hale, Tacoma, Washington
Adrienne Forgette, Rome, Georgia
Sarah Hicks, Alabaster, Alabama
Brittany Bauer, Stephenson, West Virginia
Kelly Mullen, Cincinnati, Ohio
Randy French, Livonia, New York
David Walker, Austin, Texas
Samuel Northern, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Jeanna Pena, Houston, Texas
Diane Hance, Austin, Texas
Sara Plowman, Oakland, California

Photos and biographies of the Fellows are available on the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows website at natgeoed.org/gtf.

The Fellows will begin their 10- to 17-day expeditions, starting later this year, to locations including Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, the British Isles and the Galapagos Islands. Accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, ranging from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers, the Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. The excursions will educationally immerse the Fellows in learning and give them new knowledge to bring back to their local classrooms and professional communities.

Before their voyages, the Fellows will travel to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in hands-on, pre-expedition workshops covering photography and outreach planning and will have the opportunity to network with Lindblad Expeditions naturalists and past Fellows.

“The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is an important piece of National Geographic’s work to educate global citizens,” said Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society. “The Fellows are taking on a great responsibility in educating a new generation of explorers, and I look forward to hearing about their experiences and seeing how they leave their mark on geographic education.”

“We are delighted that in the 10 years since its inception, we have been able to bring 145 educators to some of the world’s most remote and pristine places for professional development,” stated Sven Lindblad, Founder and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions. “These are outstanding educators who are committed to improving geographic education and ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders are responsible stewards of our ocean and our planet. We are honored to help fuel their passion to share knowledge, and the world, with their students.”

This year marks the 10th year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education. Onboard expedition accommodations for this program were donated by Sven-Olof Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions in 2006 to commemorate Grosvenor’s 75th birthday and honor his service to the enhancement and advancement of geographic education.

About National Geographic Society

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions, specialists in expedition travel, works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, their collaboration in research, technology and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe. Their educationally oriented voyages to all seven continents allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. Destinations include the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Costa Rica and Panama, the Amazon, Southeast Asia and Pacific, Africa, Indian Ocean, Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond.

NOTE: Interviews with Fellows and Lindblad-National Geographic representatives, high-res photographs and broadcast quality b-roll are available upon request. More press information is available at press.nationalgeographic.com.

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WASHINGTON (March 15, 2016)—In a publishing first for National Geographic magazine, the April 2016 issue has 10 different covers featuring the work of well-known National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. U.S. subscribers will receive one of the covers at random in their homes, and print newsstands similarly will offer a selection of the covers.

The April covers highlight the National Geographic Photo Ark project, a multiyear effort with Sartore to photograph all captive species and inspire people to save these animals before they disappear. For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Species are disappearing at an alarming rate. To motivate people to care and help stop the crisis, Sartore is creating intimate portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. To date, he has photographed nearly 6,000 animals. Once completed, Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

The 10 published covers feature portraits of the following animals: waxy monkey tree frog, hippopotamus, Reimann’s snake-necked turtle, snowy owl, Malayan tiger, Brazilian porcupine, southern three-banded armadillo, Indian peafowl, mother and baby koalas, and Coquerel’s sifaka. Sartore shot the cover images at a number of locations, including Rolling Hills Zoo, the San Antonio Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Raptor Recovery Nebraska, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and the Houston Zoo.

With so many animals to choose from, the magazine staff had a difficult time selecting the 10 to use on the covers.

“We wanted species diversity, from the charismatic and cute to the often overlooked. A mix of engaging characters that started to hint at the scale of Joel’s project was key,” says Susan Goldberg, National Geographic Partners editorial director and National Geographic magazine editor in chief.

Adds Emmet Smith, National Geographic Partners creative director: “Eye contact was key, as one of the hallmarks of the Photo Ark is creating a direct connection between the viewer and the animal.”

Published alongside the story is an extensive photo gallery of Sartore’s portraits and a new interactive that asks readers questions to allow them to discover which of the 10 cover animals they are most like. The “What Animal Is Most Like You?” quiz will feature questions such as, “Do you like warm weather, or snow? Are you a night owl or do you just like to sleep all the time?” The quiz, which will be published at www.natgeo.com/animalquiz, will let readers find out what animal most closely matches their own behavior while learning about the species on the covers. At the end of the quiz, readers can choose to download their animal’s wallpaper.

Consumers are asked to call 1-800-777-2800 (813-979-6828 outside the U.S./Canada) to purchase their favorite animal cover if they did not receive the cover they like best.

Links:

National Geographic magazine’s “Every Last One” feature (April 2016 cover story): http://on.natgeo.com/1WkPr6h

National Geographic magazine’s “What Animal Is Most Like You?” interactive quiz: www.natgeo.com/animalquiz

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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WASHINGTON (March 16, 2016)—On Friday, April 1, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in National Geographic State Bees, competing for a spot in the 28th Annual National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., May 23-25, 2016.

Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools have qualified for the state Bees, which are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last September, when millions of students participated in contests at thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories.

Each state Bee champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C., to represent his or her state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic headquarters May 23-25.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including a stop at Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

“The National Geographic Society believes in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world,” said National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell. “Through experiences like the National Geographic Bee, we are creating lifelong learners and educating global citizens, teaching students about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place.”

The national championship preliminary rounds will take place on Monday, May 23, in Washington, D.C. The national championship final rounds featuring the top 10 finalists will be held on Wednesday, May 25, at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. This year, the final rounds will be moderated for the first time by humorist and journalist Mo Rocca. National Geographic Channel will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 27. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee that poses 10 new questions a day.

Note to Editors: 2016 National Geographic Bee press resources can be found at http://Bit.ly/GeoBeePress

About the National Geographic Society

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2016)—Today, the National Geographic Society announced that philanthropist, investor and Internet pioneer Jean Case, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Case Foundation, has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society. Tracy Wolstencroft, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, was elected vice chairman.

“Both Jean Case and Tracy Wolstencroft have proven pivotal members of the National Geographic Society Board since they joined,” said Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. “They share our dedication to inspiring global citizens, and I couldn’t ask for better leadership as we work to further the Society’s mission.”

Case has been involved with National Geographic for more than a decade and joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. Her leadership on the board has included chairing the Nominating and Governance Committee and co-chairing the Search Committee that tapped Gary Knell as the Society’s CEO in 2013.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with the National Geographic Society since 2005,” said Case. “I’m deeply honored to take on this expanded role as chair. National Geographic has been a pioneer and an innovator for more than a century as it has carried out its important mission in the world, and I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.”

Case co-founded the Case Foundation, recognized for its innovative efforts to address global challenges and opportunities. The driving force behind groundbreaking initiatives, including the Startup America Partnership, America’s Giving Challenge and the Be Fearless campaign, the Case Foundation invests in and creates programs that aim to revolutionize the philanthropic sector, unleash the power of entrepreneurship to bring innovative solutions to communities around the world and ignite civic engagement through citizen-driven solutions.

A true digital pioneer, prior to co-founding the Case Foundation, Case spent more than 20 years in the technology sector, including as a senior executive at America Online. Case is also a member of the advisory boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, and the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force (SIITF) established by the Group of 8 (G8). She also serves on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, BrainScope Company, the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund and the White House Historical Association.

Wolstencroft has been a member of the board since 2008, serving as chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and is a member of the National Geographic International Council of Advisors. He is president and CEO of the global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Previously, he was a longstanding partner at Goldman Sachs, where, over the course of a 25-year career, he led a wide range of businesses in the United States, Asia and Latin America.

Wolstencroft also serves on other prominent boards, including as co-chair of the International Rescue Committee and as a trustee of the Brookings Institution.

“It’s been an honor to serve on the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees during the past decade and a particular honor to serve alongside Jean Case,” said Wolstencroft. “I look forward to this new leadership role and to further supporting National Geographic’s important mission of inspiring and illuminating people around the globe.”

The Society also announced today that John Fahey, outgoing chairman of the board and former CEO of the National Geographic Society, is retiring from the board. “Over nearly 20 years with the National Geographic Society, I have been amazed by the work this organization does every day to inspire people around the globe,” said Fahey. “Jean Case’s passion for social good will make her a strong leader for the board and an effective advocate for the Society. While it’s time for me to move on, I will always believe in the mission of the Society and look forward to watching what National Geographic has in store for the future.”

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization and one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The Society funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year and works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives. For more information on the National Geographic Society, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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