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National Geographic Live student matinees

Through the power of visual and verbal storytelling, National Geographic Live illuminates the wonders of our world and inspires us to protect it. The 60-minute student matinee presentation takes place from the stunning Jack Singer Concert Hall stage and is followed by an open Q&A session where students can ask their burning questions and engage with these intrepid Explorers. For many of our young audience members, these experiences are life-changing, inspiring them to dive deeper into our natural world and do more to keep our planet in balance.  

For the 2021-22 season, Arts Commons Presents offers five student matinee presentations:

  • Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark (Recommended for Grades 3-12)
    February 7, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. This presentation will be capped at 50% capacity with classrooms socially distanced in the auditorium. Masks are mandatory while inside Arts Commons.
  • Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World (Recommended for Grades 6-12)
    March 14, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Rae Wynn-Grant: The Secret Life of Bears (Recommended for Grades 3-12)
    April 11 and 12, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales (Recommended for Grades 3-12)
    May 16, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.

Tickets are: $13/student. A chaperone comp is given for every 8 tickets booked.

Register Now!

Know your policy 

We are excited to welcome school and learning groups back to Arts Commons. We ask that all groups know the COVID-19 policy of their affiliate school board prior to booking a field trip to National Geographic Live. If your school group is unaffiliated, please refer to the Arts Commons and Resident Companies vaccination policy.  

Calgary Board of Education
View school/field trip policy here

Calgary Catholic School Board
View school/field trip policy here 

Rockyview School District 
View school/field trip policy here

Palliser School District
View school/field trip policy here 

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“The wonder and awe that these programs always generate in students is awesome.


Teacher after National Geographic Live

Thank you!!! It was a highlight for my class this year.


Teacher after National Geographic Live

“This presentation exposed my students to a different part of the world they otherwise would never get to appreciate.


Teacher after National Geographic Live

On Stage This Season

Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark Student Event

Feb 07, 2022, 10:15 AM

Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark Student Event

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World Student Event

Mar 14, 2022, 10:15AM

Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World Student Event

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Rae Wynn-Grant: The Secret Lives of Bears Student Event

Apr 11, 2022 - Apr 12, 2022

Rae Wynn-Grant: The Secret Lives of Bears Student Event

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whale Student Event

May 16, 2022, 10:15AM

Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whale Student Event

Jack Singer Concert Hall