National Council for Geographic Education

Geography Associations

United States

American Geographical Society (AGS): The American Geographical Society is an organization of professional geographers, founded in 1851 in New York City. The Society encourages activities that expands geographical knowledge, and the interpretation of that knowledge so that it can be useful to geographers and other disciplines, especially in a policymaking environment. It is the oldest nationwide geographical organization in the United States.

Association of American Geographers (AAG): The Association of American Geographers is a non-profit scientific and educational society aimed at advancing the understanding, study, and importance of geography and related fields. Founded on December, 29 1904 in Philadelphia, PA the association has more than 10,000 members from over 60 countries. AAG members are geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors.

National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE): The National Council for Geographic Education is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from Kindergarten through University. Our members include U.S. and International teachers, professors, students, businesses, and others who support geographic education. For 100 years, the NCGE has continued to both promote and celebrate geographic teaching and learning. NCGE's activities include: conducting and gathering research; producing journals and other geography publications; developing curricular resources; providing professional development opportunities; honoring teachers, mentors and researchers; advocating for geography in schools; and organizing an annual conference.

National Geographic Society (NGS): The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge." Its mission is to inspire, illuminate and teach. The Society is governed by a board of trustees whose 21 members include distinguished educators, business executives, former government officials, and conservationists. The organization sponsors and funds scientific research and exploration. The Society publishes an official journal, National Geographic Magazine, as well as other magazines, books, school products, maps, and Web and film products in numerous languages and countries. Its Education Foundation gives grants to education organizations and individuals to improve geography education. Its Committee for Research and Exploration has awarded more than 11,000 grants for scientific research and exploration. National Geographic's various media properties and television networks reach hundards of millions of people monthly. National Geographic maintains a museum for the public in its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

National Geographic Education Foundation & Alliance Network for Geographic Education: The National Geographic Society established the Education Foundation in 1988 – the Society’s centennial – to fund activities promoting and advancing geographic education in the United States and Canada. The Foundation launched with an initial contribution of $40 million by the Society’s Board of Trustees. Over the years, the Foundation has built up an endowment worth more than $180 million through generous contributions from the Society and other donors. The Network of Alliances for Geographic Education is a group of educators united to support geographic literacy. Alliances are partnerships between university faculty and K-12 educators. These state based organizations connect educators, provide world-class professional development and promote educational innovation at the state, district and local levels. Since 1986, National Geographic and the Alliance Network have worked to catalyze “geo-education” reform across the United States, District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico. 

Society of Women Geographers: The Society of Woman Geographers was established in 1925 at a time when women were excluded from membership in most professional organizations, such as the Explorers Club, who would not admit women until 1981. Organized by four friends Gertrude Emerson Sen, Marguerite Harrison, Blair Niles and Gertrude Mathews Shelby, to bring together women interested in geography, world exploration, anthropology and related fields. Membership was restricted to women who had "done distinctive work whereby they have added to the world's store of knowledge concerning the countries on which they have specialized, and have published in magazines or in book form a record of their work." Among its founders were Harriet Chalmers Adams, the society's first president in December 1925, a post which she held until 1933. In 1930, the society presented its first medal to Amelia Earhart. Prominent members included, Eleanor Roosevelt, photographer Margaret Bourke-White, novelist Fannie Hurst, historian Mary Ritter Beard, mountain climber Annie Peck and anthropologist Margaret Mead who would be presented with their Gold Medal in 1942. The society based in Washington, D.C. presently has approximately 500 members. Groups are located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Florida.


Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG): The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) is an educational and scientific society in Canada aimed at advancing the understanding of, study of, and importance of geography and related fields. There are five divisions: Atlantic, Ontario, Prairie, Quebec, and Western. The organization was founded on May 30, 1951 in Montreal, Canada. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien is the association's publication. Currently, the society has under 1,000 members.

Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS): The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) (in French, La Société géographique royale du Canada(SRGC)) is a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. 

Canadian Geographic Education (CG Education): The Canadian Geographic Education is the educational commitee of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.The programs of CG Education aim to strengthen geographic education in the classroom. In addition to increasing the emphasis on geography within the school system, CG Education endeavours to increase the public awareness of the importance of geographical literacy.



European Geography Association (EGEA): The European Geography Association, is a European network of geography students and young geographers, with the intention of exchanging geographical knowledge. To achieve this, the entities of EGEA organize congresses, exchanges between the entities, national weekends, excursions, and a scientific magazine is published.The main communication platform is the website.