Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational organizations. The main goal of the society is to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world's cultural, historical and natural resources. National Geographic has funded over 7,000 scientific research projects throughout its existence. It supports an education program that works to improve overall understanding of geography.
National Geographic magazines, television programs, books, videos, maps, interactive media, and merchandise are well known and respected for their unique and accurate portrayal of geography, culture, and history. For over 85 years National Geographic has mapped the world, setting the standard in cartographic excellence. From the remote jungles of Africa to the far reaches of the Universe, their extensive line of reference and wall maps is an essential tool in helping to discover more about our world.