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The Explorers Council was established in 2011 to support National Geographic’s explorer programs and research, conservation, and exploration. Dedicated individuals who take on this new leadership role at the Society make a gift of $25,000 or more annually in support of our grantmaking initiatives or explorer programs.

Members of the Explorers Council enjoy new opportunities to connect with National Geographic and our explorers on a deeper level. In addition to receiving regular updates from the field, members will also have the ability to gain a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing our planet from our experts and adventurers, through private presentations, travel, and events.

Your benefits include:

All the benefits of a Grosvenor Council membership, plus:

  • Annual dinner with the Committee for Research and Exploration
  • Invitation to National Geographic's annual Explorers Symposium
  • Invitations to content-rich travel opportunities to explorer and grantee field sites†
  • Annual recognition in National Geographic magazine
  • Name listed in Evening of Exploration materials
  • Recognition on signage at National Geographic headquarters
  • Verbal acknowledgement at Committee for Research and Exploration meetings and/or Explorers Symposium
  • Routine communications from the field: blogs, informal emails, and current reports
  • Invitation to annual Explorers Council luncheon/dinner with National Geographic staff and program officers, including a presentation on current topics (i.e., trends in funding, recent discoveries, etc.)
  • Invitation to research updates, such as staff presentations at National Geographic headquarters, “Closer Look” presentations, and private updates with grantees (at National Geographic headquarters and regionally)

Donor pays travel costs


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