National Geographic Bee

General Information:  National Geographic Bee

The National Geographic Society has sponsored the Geographic Bee at both the state and national level since the 1980’s. The Virginia Geographic Alliance has provided leadership and assistance to the Virginia Bee coordinator.

The Virginia Bee is an opportunity for Virginia students, schools and teachers to highlight geography in their schools. Briefly stated, schools with students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate in this annual competition.  Principals can find out how to register their schools by going to: NATGEOBEE.COM  Schools that register to conduct a school level Bee, receive all of the contest materials and information they need.  The school contest, with a minimum of six students participating, produces one school winner.  That one school Bee winner takes a qualifying test to determine the top 100 scoring students in each state who are invited to the state level Bees.  The winner of the Virginia Bee represents Virginia at the national finals in Washington, DC.  Check with your school to see if they participate in this annual event.

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.

2018 Virginia State Bee will be held April 6, 2018 at Longwoood University
in Farmville, VA.



Enroll your school in the 2017 Nat Geo Bee. $120 Early Bee Registration opens August 2, 2017 and closes on December 21, 2017. During this period both check and credit card payments accepted.  Registration ends on January 23, 2017. After Dec 21, the fee is $140 and only credit card payments are accepted.

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

Other key dates

Oct. 2, 2017    School Bee materials available for download

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

Dec. 21, 2017 End of discounted registration

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  State bees

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


 Virginia State Coordinator

The Coordinator of the Virginia Bee in 2018 is once again Donna Fontaine,

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