Let your imagination run wild as you embark on an epic adventure! Step into the shoes of a National Geographic explorer as you take a journey to the wildest places on Earth. In this highly interactive exhibition, you can discover the amazing animals and plants thriving in the most extreme environments.
Member Preview Week: January 18 – January 24
Through six immersive environments, you’ll learn more about explorers who have risked life and limb to discover new places, help protect them for future generations, and discover new realms of scientific inquiry. Plus, you’ll gain insights into the important roles that technology, innovation, and ingenuity play in making and documenting explorers’ discoveries.
The Base Camp
Start your adventure by climbing aboard an off-road vehicle used by filmmakers and scientists in the field. The vehicle plays a video of actual footage captured by explorers in the ecosystems featured in the exhibit.
The Polar Regions
Enter an interactive Arctic cabin and learn what scientists need to survive harsh conditions while studying polar bears. In the Antarctic section, learn about penguins and other species native to this polar region.
Inside a replica deep-sea submersible, take a dive to study undersea life—and dive even further and discover thermal vents and bizarre creatures dwelling miles beneath the ocean’s surface. Learn about great white sharks and their hunting habits through a dorsal-mounted “Crittercam.”
The Rain Forests
Step into the “outdoor” lab to get to studying! Hang out in a prep tent for a fun, self-guided discovery about life in the tropical rain forests—the wet, wild, and wonderful ecosystem that provides much of the air we breathe, safeguards Earth’s incredible biodiversity and may well hold the key to new life-saving remedies.
The Mountains & Caves
Descend closer to the Earth’s core and ascend to its highest peaks! In this section, you can climb a mountain and learn about the animals that make their homes there, and explore a crystal cave featuring glowing crystals.
Soar above the African savannah on a simulated hot air balloon ride! Get a birds-eye view on how ecologists use aerial surveys to study and document animal migrations. You can also learn about the tracking methods used by scientists and work through a puzzle matching animals to their scat.