California and National Geographic Bees

SCHOOLS MUST REGISTER BY JANUARY 26, 2018

The road to the National Geographic Bee starts in your school!  School winners then take a qualifying exam, with the top scorers going to Fresno State University to compete in the State Bee.  Then the winner heads to Washington, D.C. for the national finals.  There is only one winner, but the Bee is fun for everyone and can engage students in learning geography in a fun way.

JOIN 10,000 SCHOOLS AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

Any paid school employee can register their school for the National Geographic Bee online. The National Geographic Bee registration fee is $120 per school until December 21, 2017, and $140 from December 22, 2017 until registration ends on January 26, 2018. Schools needing financial support can complete a Registration Discount Request form available here.

The first 100 schools that register will receive a copy of the newly revised How to Ace the National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide.


IMPORTANT BEE DATES

Aug. 2, 2017
Early, discounted registration opens ($120); check/credit card payments accepted

Oct. 2, 2017
School Bee materials available for download

Oct. 2, 2017 – Feb. 2, 2018
School bees held; date and time determined locally

Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 26, 2018
Registration limited to credit card transactions only ($140)

Jan. 26, 2018
Bee registration closes

Feb. 2, 2018
Deadline for completion of state bee qualifying tests

March 2, 2018
Notification date for state qualifiers

April 6, 2018
California Geographic Bee at Fresno State University

May 20-23, 2018
National Championship at National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, D.C.