By Victoria Erickson
The National Geographic Live Speaker Series returns to The Lincoln Center with three new adventurers that promise to take audiences deep into underwater caves, scaling steep mountain cliffs and into the heart of Africa’s Gorongosa National Park. This “wildly” exciting series brings to the stage world-class National Geographic explorers, scientists and photographers who will share immersive, first-hand stories and iconic, visually stunning imagery. This three-show series kicks off in January so be sure you don’t miss your chance to go a little wild with these unforgettable speakers!
On January 20, experience Extreme Cave Diving with Dr. Kenny Broad, National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year. As an environmental anthropologist and accomplished cave explorer, Dr. Broad uses his research to solve problems of climate change and freshwater resource management. Through his incredible images and video of the “blue holes” of the Bahamas, Dr. Broad will reveal a potential treasure trove of scientific knowledge.
We invite you to come meet paraclimber, Maureen Beck, on February 17 as she presents Improbable Ascent. This 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year will chronicle her journey as one of the foremost leaders in the sport of paraclimbing. From learning how to rock climb one-handed, with innovations like taping a metal ladle to her arm, to tackling some of the hardest climbs ever done by a one-handed athlete, Beck relates how she remains in constant pursuit of new challenges.
We close this season’s journey into the wild with Nature Roars Back on March 31. In his six-part PBS/Nat Geo International series, Bob Poole, an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, documented the rebirth of a lost Eden: Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. This jewel of Africa’s parks system was almost destroyed by civil war. By joining forces with rangers and scientists (including Poole’s own sister, renowned elephant researcher Joyce Poole) for likely the biggest conservation project on the planet, Poole learned that the wild places we’ve broken can be put back together.
Perhaps the best part of attending these events is knowing that a portion of the revenues goes directly to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. From the vivid stories and stunning imagery to protecting the wonder of our world, now you’ve got lots of reasons to come and go a little wild with us!
Nat Geo Live packages are still available starting at $66. Individual shows start at $15 and student tickets are available for $12. You can find more information about the Nat Geo Live series here.