National Geographic Live!

Young leaders in grades 6, 7, and 8 with an interest in science, photography, and exploration are invited to apply for the first year of our Discovery Guild. Meet National Geographic explorers, work on projects with students from across the GTA, and bring knowledge back to your school. Participants attend three events annually, and each event includes a presentation from a National Geographic Live! speaker, a related workshop/activity, and time to work on an overarching project with students from other schools.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Florian Schulz, Photographer
Into the Arctic Kingdom

His multi-year quest to document the Arctic took photographer Florian Schulz to the ends of the Earth. He camped for weeks in jarring winter conditions, accompanied traditional Inuit hunters and sailed the arctic waters, all to get an intimate look at life in the Arctic. There, he tracked families of polar bears, followed the vast caribou herds, and captured the Northern Lights in stunning detail. Through breathtaking imagery, the National Geographic photographer takes audiences on a legendary journey into the Arctic kingdom— with a special focus on the Arctic Refuge, one of the world's last great wilderness.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Thomson Peschak, Photographer
Wild Seas, Secret Shores

To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found himself paddling kayaks alongside great white sharks in South Africa, swimming among hundreds of one-ton manta rays in the Maldives, and keeping pace with massive whale sharks in the Arabian Sea. In this talk, the marine biologist–turned–National Geographic Photographer takes audiences around the world with his award-winning images and his engaging take on the ocean’s charismatic creatures.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Hilaree O’Neill, Mountaineer
Point of No Return

In the fall of 2014, a National Geographic team set out on what they knew would be a harrowing first ascent to the summit of Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi to measure it and determine if it is indeed Southeast Asia’s highest point. What they didn’t realize was that the greatest obstacle wouldn’t be dwindling rations, gruelling jungle hikes, or the life-threatening hypothermia. It was the force of conflicting personalities that threatened to unravel the entire endeavour. Leader Hilaree O’Neill recounts the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, accompanied by photographer Cory Richards’s dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s award-winning documentary film, Down to Nothing.

Hilaree O’Neill started skiing at the age of 3 and has gone on to be the first female to climb consecutive 8000m peaks in a single day, concurring both Everest and neighbouring Lhotse. She is also the second female to climb the 8,000-meter peak of Cho Oyu in Tibet, with an oxygenless ski descent. Outside Magazine has named Hilaree one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports and Most Badass Adventures of 2015. In addition, her writing has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic’s “The Call of Everest”, the Ski Journal, Outside Magazine Online, the Outdoor Journal and several other publications.