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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia

Posted by Jeff Sellenrick, Licensed Tour Manager on Oct 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia, the Museum of the American Revolution is dedicated to telling the story of our nation’s founding. The Museum offers guided tours with trained educators who explain the challenges and ideals that were at the heart of the rebellion.

 

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to Philadelphia

Explore From Home: Virtual Lessons from Yellowstone & Grand Teton

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Oct 16, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The great outdoors, wide-open spaces, and experiential learning. School trips to America's National Parks offer more than you can imagine for teachers and students alike. 

 

But, if you can't visit the National Parks with your students this year you can still visit virtually! Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer fantastic curriculum and virtual tours for housebound adventurers. 

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Topics: Teacher Resources, National Parks

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Now Open

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Oct 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

On this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in in Texas. 130 years later, his newly constructed memorial opened in Washington, D.C. 

 

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial opened to the public on September 17, 2020. Student groups will be welcome to explore the small memorial park to discover more about the 34th President of the United States.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The White House

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 12, 2020 11:00:00 AM

No trip to D.C. is complete without a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House serves as the president’s home and a symbol of the nation’s enduring strength. Plus, it’s got a movie theater and a swimming pool. 

 

Read below for tips on the best photo spot at the White House and learn how to get your group access inside.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

How To Get Students Signed-Up For Your School Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Oct 9, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When you first begin planning a school trip, you are fired up about inspiring kids and changing lives. You have an exciting itinerary, an incredible tour operator, and your administration is on board! Nothing can possibly go wrong.

 

But then you notice no one is registering for the trip. Maybe five or ten students are signed up, but you're miles away from your goal. What happened? How can you get more of your students to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime experience?

 

Gaining momentum on your first school trip can be difficult, but here are five proven ways to get students and parents excited enough to sign-up today!

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Topics: Planning Student Travel

Planet Word - Washington, D.C.'s Newest Museum

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Oct 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Get ready museum lovers, Washington D.C.'s newest museum, Planet Word, is scheduled to open October 22nd inside the historic Franklin School.

 

With a mission to "inspire and renew a love of words, language, and reading," Planet Word is a museum dedicated to promoting a love of language - no matter the form.

 

Whether you spend an hour or an entire afternoon, here's what you should excite you about this museum!

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 5, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Curious about how much time to allot when your group visits the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.?  Or what other memorials to do alongside it? Or where the best group photo spot is? Read on for licensed tour guide Aaron Killian’s school trip spotlight on visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

 

Or, check out our video adaption here.

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C.

Managing Screen Time on School Trips

One of the greatest challenges many teachers and trip leaders face when embarking on a trip with students is how to manage technology use and screen time.  On one hand, smartphones and tablets allow our students to have access to apps and instant information that can support learning and enhance the trip experience.  But when do these apps and tools cross the line into becoming a distraction?  

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

5 Experiences You Should Include in Your Grand Canyon Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Sep 30, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Boasting some of the most unbelievable views in America, the Grand Canyon offers hands-on STEM educational programs, rich cultural experiences, and adventures for all ages. 

 

But other than observing grand views, what else can student groups do during a visit to the world's largest canyon? 

 

Here are 5 of our favorite things to do while visiting the Grand Canyon!

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Topics: National Parks

The Cost of School Trips & How to Explain the Value

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Next to safety, the most common question on the minds of parents when it comes to a school trip is, “How much is it going to cost?”

 

It doesn’t matter if you teach in the wealthiest zip code in the country, price is always part of the conversation. There are so many competing interests for a family’s financial resources, so it makes sense that the investment in a school trip be worthwhile and understood.

 

Let’s walk through five ways to explain the PRICE of an educational tour and three ways to make sure the VALUE of the experience is understood by families. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Benefits of Student Travel

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