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Neil Armstrong Spacesuit Statues Coming to a Ballpark Near You

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is bringing a piece of history to MLB ballparks across the country this summer with "Apollo at the Park".   Is your hometown stadium on the list?

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Topics: National Air and Space Museum

Colonial Williamsburg Takes Extra Precautions for Animals During Summer Heat

As summer kicks into full swing, our favorite NationsClassroom destinatons are preparing not only for an increase in visitors, but also for an increase in temperatures - especially for our furry friends.  So how does a place like Colonial Williamsburg ensure animal safety during the heat of the summer?

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Topics: Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to be Drained for Cleaning and Repairs

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on May 31, 2019 11:43:26 AM

Groups traveling to Washington, D.C. in the next two weeks will notice that the Lincoln Memorial will look slightly different. 

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Topics: Lincoln Memorial

How to Plan a Meaningful and Realistic Student Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2019 9:30:05 AM


Taking students on an educational tour is an amazing thing to do for your students. While excitement about the trip is essential, you also want to create an opportunity that is achievable for you, your students, and their families.


Here is a simple checklist of initial considerations to help you plan an experience that is both meaningful and realistic.


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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Nation's Largest Memorial Day Parade - Live Stream

The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in  Washington, D.C., will take place this Monday, May 27th at 2pm.  

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Memorial Day

4 Tips to Make Your College Essay Stand Out From the Rest

Last week, we discussed how writing about travel experiences can enhance a college application essay.  This week, we will follow up that discussion with some general college application essay tips gathered from over 100 college admissions officers across the country, coupled with my personal experience over ten years of helping hundreds of seniors apply to schools ranging from local technical colleges to Ivy League schools.  


Here are a four winning writing tips I can offer:

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Topics: Travel Writing

Organizing Field Trip Groups that Chaperones Can Live With

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 21, 2019 2:52:04 PM

The old adage, “You’re only as good as the company you keep,” is certainly true when you’re chaperoning a field trip.


Planning chaperone groups in a thoughtful and intentional way will help everyone make the most of the educational experience. There are a few ways to help make that happen.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Bazinga! Costumes from Famous TV Show Heading to National Museum of American History

It's a sad morning for fans of The Big Bang Theory.  The TV comedy's series finale aired last night, making it the longest-running multi camera comedy series in television history (279 episodes).  But there IS good news for fans of the show.


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Topics: Museum of American History

6 Tips for Incorporating Travel Experiences in College Application Essays

The final weeks of school are upon us.  Teachers across the nation are wrapping up curriculum and even the most fastidious students are starting to zone out and dream of the weeks of summer vacation that lie ahead.  

As a high school English teacher, this time of year always proved to be a challenging time for me in regards to student engagement.  And the best way I’ve found to fight low engagement is to bring opportunities for authentic writing into the classroom.

What is likely the most high-stakes, authentic piece of writing for most college-bound students?  

Their college application essays.  

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Topics: Benefits of Student Travel, Travel Writing

3 Ideas for Incorporating Computer Science on Your Next Field Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 13, 2019 11:41:52 AM

Students + technology = new learning opportunities for your next field trip. Here are three programs for students with advanced, developing, and basic computer science skills that can help them build connections between technology, academic subjects, and their student travel experiences.


But, we’re so busy! Why does computer science need to make its way into our classroom and field trip experiences?

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Topics: STEM

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