The world-renowned National Geographic Society connects to your world in lots of exciting ways. Many National Geographic explorers, scientists, and geographers started out just like you—young and eager to discover the world.

To navigate while on an expedition, you need the right tools. The National Geographic Society has been helping explorers navigate the world since 1889, when NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine published its first map. In 1909, on a Society-funded expedition, Robert E. Peary reached the North Pole with help from tools like a compass. Your 4-in-1 Explorer Navigation Tool can help you reach your destinations safely, too.

Examining plants and animals helps researchers learn about the natural world and the impact humans have on its many ecosystems. Curiosity about the world around them led National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus Jane Goodall to study chimpanzees in Tanzania and grantee Fred Urquhart to track the migration path of monarch butterflies in North America. With your All-Terrain Nature Collector, you can learn more about the plants and animals in your local ecosystem.

From stalactite-studded caves to long-forgotten cities, many of the world's greatest wonders were discovered with the help of the National Geographic Society. Now it's your turn to be an explorer! With the Deep Cave Explorer Echo Maker and your imagination, what wonders might you discover next?

Collecting and examining samples and specimens are important activities for natural scientists. National Geographic Explorers have crossed the globe studying samples of plants, animals, insects, and more in order to learn about Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems. Collecting and examining specimens from the natural world with your High Sierra Eco-Explorer can lead you to a world of knowledge!

Tagging animals and locations is vitally important to research and exploration. Without the ability to tag and track fish, we'd know very little about their lives under water. National Geographic wildlife expert Greg Marshall took tracking to a new level when he invented Crittercam, a device that captures video from an animal's perspective. See how many outdoor locations you can safely tag with Earth Tag!

Studies funded by the National Geographic Society have magnified our understanding of past civilizations. The first archaeological expedition supported by the Society was Hiram Bingham's excavation of Machu Picchu in Peru in 1912. Think of the amazing things you could uncover with the 3-in-1 Expedition Magnifier!

Animals that are awake and active at night are called nocturnal. Nighttime exploration is vital in the study of nocturnal animals. When conducting research at night, or camping on long-term assignment, National Geographic explorers need good lighting. Let the Expedition Shoe Lights light the way for your own nighttime adventures!

The National Geographic Society has told stories of high adventure since the story of a boat captain's battle with a winter storm at sea graced the pages of the first issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. When you're on an expedition, it's important to be prepared for whatever conditions you might encounter, and safety should always come first, so remember to pack your Expedition Sky Flare!

A trek through the history of the National Geographic Society reveals more than a century of commitment to exploration. The first successful American expedition to the top of Mount Everest was sponsored in part by National Geographic! The Expedition Trekking Pack is perfect for you to take along on your own expeditions to discover the world around you.