Maybe you dreamed of becoming a National Geographic photographer when you were young. Maybe you love science and learning about the world. Or maybe, you just want to experience the wilderness like the magazine’s contributors. Well, here’s your chance. National Geographic’s gift guide speaks to the explorer in all of us. From science projects for kids, to trips around the world with National Geographic adventurers, to gear and gadgets, there’s a lot to choose from. Here’s our list of National Geographic holiday gift highlight. For the full list, visit here.
National Geographic Live
Travel thousands of miles away from home while sitting still. Every year National Geographic sends out a troupe of top filmmakers, researchers, writers, and photographers to talk to audiences around the nation about their work. It’s inspiring and educational – a reminder of the magic that remains in the world today. In January, astronaut Terry Virts will be at Benaroya Hall in Seattle to talk about his time at the International Space Station (ISS). His images from space are now featured in the book View From Above and the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. Jan 28-29. ($28-$48).
Photograph Yellowstone with a Pro
Want to shoot wildlife in snowy Yellowstone with a National Geographic photographer? Duh! It’s a winter wonderland out there in December and January, waiting to be captured by you. Rise early and head to Lamar Valley to photograph bison and elk, then move on to Old Faithful. It’s a 6-day event with a National Geographic expert. ($4,795).
Travel to the Galapagos
Nature is in its purest, uninterrupted state at the Galápagos Archipelago (aka Darwin’s living laboratory). aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II or the National Geographic Islander you can experience it all with experts and up-close encounters. Each vessel is equipped with kayaks, paddleboards, and Zodiacs so you can sail off on your own for short trips. Also, snorkel with fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions. ($7,000-12,000).
National Geographic Crystals, Rocks, and Minerals Kit
Kids grow their own gems with this mineral kit. There are three chemically different types of crystals that range in shape and color all packed into this box. Also, kids can learn how test and identify minerals like a real scientist. ($55)