National Geographic is always finding new way to connect audiences with nature. Oculus has shared a peek behind the curtain on the new “National Geographic: Explore VR” experience coming this spring.

  • This new virtual reality experience will take explorers on a dramatic trip through Antartica, where they will attempt to find a lost penguin colony hidden the frozen wilderness.
  • The 30-minute experience will take explorers of all ages on a kayak ride through icy waters, a climb up the side of a towering ice sheet and even show what it takes to survive an epic snowstorm.
  • Adventurers will set up a base camp, build a wind barricade, and zip up their survival tents all using their hands and all without ever leaving the comfort of their home.
  • “National Geographic: Explore VR” will launch on the Oculus Quest later this spring and will add new adventures in the coming months, taking explorers on exciting trips all over the world, like archaeological expeditions loaded with cultural heritage.

What they’re saying:

  • Senior Director of Immersive Experiences at National Geographic Jenna Pirog: “The level of immersion you get from wireless VR is unparalleled. You truly feel as if you’re traveling to a different place, using your instincts to explore and move through the environment.”
  • Pirog on National Geographic’s objective with this new VR experience: “National Geographic continues to experiment in the immersive storytelling space. This latest partnership with Oculus and Force Field is in line with our mission to entertain with a purpose. We’re using the latest visual technology to spark curiosity about our world and enable people to better understand it.”
  • Pirog on the physical requirements of the Antarctic expedition: “We’ve built these activities with an option to be physically active or passive, so they’re enjoyable for the entire family.”