GeoBee and GAW

Geography Bee

Geography Bee
is a geographic knowledge contest involving teachers and students from grades 4-8 participating in local contests. Regional qualifiers advance to the state contest and state winners advance to the national contest held at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ohio’s Geography Bee Chairperson is Michelle Ballinger. Contact Michelle at

  •  The National Geographic Society is releasing the official contest materials of the 2015 National Geographic Bee for free. These material
    s are meant to provide schools an opportunity to preview what participation in the
    National Geographic Bee would entail. The society is calling this opportunity a Free-Bee. Schools with grades 4 through 8 that have not previously participated in the National Geographic Bee qualify to receive the Free-Bee classroom materials. Click here to requests the materials or contact Lauren Lombardo at (202) 828-6642 or


Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week is a weeklong celebration of geography and geography instruction, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The theme for 2015 is “Explore! The Power of Maps”. Celebrate and explore the power of maps November 15 – 21, 2015. Find more information at the NGS Geography Awareness Week page.

Resources from the National Geographic Society:

  • How to Host a Geography Quiz Night: Complete with 100 prepared National Geographic Geography Bee questions!
  • 2015 ProclamationAsk you local leaders to officially proclaim Geography Awareness Week as important to your community/ county/ state, etc. Just make sure to fill in the right blanks!
  • Quick activity ideas to do during events, in the classroom, at home, or in the office!

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National Geographic Education Foundation