National Geographic GeoBEE

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:  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.

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open.

The National Geographic Bee registration fee is $120 per school. From December 22, 2018 until registration ends on January 25, 2019 payment must be by credit card. Schools needing financial support can complete a Registration Discount Request form available here.

2019 Virginia State Bee will be held March 29, 2019 at Longwood University
in Farmville, VA.


Enroll your school in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBEE. Registration fee is $120. Before December 21, 2018 both check and credit card payments accepted.  From Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 25, 2019, registration payments limited to credit card transactions only.

Find complete rules at

Key dates

Oct 1, 2018: School Bee materials available for download

Oct 1, 2018 – Feb 1, 2019: School Bees held. Date & time determined locally

Dec. 21, 2018: Last day for registration by check; credit card payments will continue to be accepted.

Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan 25, 2019: Registration payments limited to credit card transactions only

Jan 25, 2019: Last day for school Bee registration

Feb 1, 2019: Deadline for completion of State Bee Qualifying Tests

March 4, 2019: State GeoBee qualifiers posted

March 29, 2019: State GeoBees

May 19-22, 2019: National Championship, National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, D.C.


 Virginia State Coordinator

The Coordinator of the Virginia Bee in 2019 is Kathy Jefferson, Fuqua School, Farmville

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