National Geographic, or the National Geographic Society, as it is more officially known, is a non-profit scientific and educational institution that is based in Washington, D.C. One of the largest institutions of its kind in the world, it exists "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical, and natural resources." One of the ways that it does is this is through its various publications, which include the well-known National Geographic magazine. Among other things, the National Geographic Society also has its own television channel and offers organized trips to some of the world’s most amazing travel destinations. It supports such ambitious scientific explorations as the amazing 1999 MegaTransect of Africa, when Michael Fay trekked for 2,000 miles and 455 days across the Congo Basin.
National Geographic Society History
The National Geographic Society was officially incorporated on January 2, 1888. Formed by a group of explorers and scientists, it started out as club for academics and wealthy people with an interest in travel. A lawyer and philanthropist named Gardiner Greene Hubbard became the first president of the newly formed National Geographic Society. When Hubbard passed away in 1897, his inventive son-in-law, Alexander Graham Bell, assumed the role as the club’s president. In turn, Bell’s son-in-law, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, became the first full-time editor of the National Geographic magazine, which was originally known more fully as National Geographic Magazine. Together, Bell and Grosvenor devised a marketing notion that helped the National Geographic Society make a name for itself. This involved setting up a membership program and employing the use of numerous photographs to tell stories in the club’s magazines.
National Geographic Publications, Television & Documentaries
The first issue of the National Geographic Magazine was published in 1888 just nine months after the Society was founded. The first issue contained an article on Tibet, one of the least known and most exotic locations in the world at the time. The institution’s official journal, it contains articles that focus on such things as geography, history, culture, science, current events and photography. Every year, 12 monthly issues of the National Geographic magazine are published, and they are complemented by additional map supplements. Both traditional printed editions and online digital editions are available in a number of different languages. Other examples of periodicals that are published by the National Geographic Society include National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Green Guide. On the television front, the National Geographic Society has produced various programs and documentaries that have been aired on several different networks both in the United States and abroad. It also has its own American subscription television channel, the aptly-named National Geographic Channel.
National Geographic Travel
The National Geographic Society involves itself in a wide variety of ventures. The organization provides support for research projects and expeditions, for example. It also organizes its own expeditions for adventure-minded travelers. These arranged trips come in a variety of categories and put the focus on a number of fascinating destinations around the world. Among the trip categories are such things as small ship expeditions, family adventures, student expeditions and photography workshops and expeditions. The list doesn’t end there, and as far as the possible destinations are concerned, there are guided National Geographic expeditions that can take you to each of the seven continents. Perhaps you’ll choose to book a trip that highlights Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast, or maybe a journey to Antarctica will prove most tempting. The choices are numerous, and those who choose to book a National Geographic travel package can rest assured that they are in good hands. Also, since virtually everything is included in the National Geographic travel packages, guests can focus more on having the fun and less on details.