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5 Things to Love About Leading a Group Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 14, 2020 3:02:48 PM

Leading an educational tour will help you impact and inspire your students in so many ways. There may be circumstances that have been holding you back, but if you’re looking for the encouragement you need to go for it, here are five reasons you’ll love leading an educational student tour.

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Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!

Charles Darwin would be 211 years old today and institutions across the world are celebrating #DarwinDay in honor of his revolutionary contributions to the world of science.

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Topics: Smithsonian Museums, National Museum of Natural History

Using Google Drive and Google Calendar to Plan Your School Trip

Here’s what we’ve covered so far in NationsClassroom's Google Blog Series written by Technology Integrator and Trip Leader Sarah Kiefer: Google can help in countless ways when it comes to planning a trip.  


If you missed her previous blogs, she discussed the benefits of using Google Sites as a warehouse for trip documents and Google Sheets as a powerhouse for sending personal emails in bulk.  The next integral pieces she will cover in this article are accessing Google Drive on your Goggle App and using Google Calendar.

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Spring Application Window Open for Road Scholarships

Teachers, Administrators, and Program Leaders now have the opportunity through March 20th to nominate students in grades K-12 for the Student and Youth Travel Assocation's (SYTA) Youth Foundation's Road Scholarship.  Learn more about this opportunity to assist student travelers in financial need.  

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Topics: Scholarships

Museums Transform Iconic Collections Into Free Coloring Pages

Museums around the world are encouraging fans to color on some of their most prized art collections. The #ColorOurCollections initiative invites viewers to "download, color and reimagine thousands of black-and-white artworks sourced from dozens of cultural mainstays around the world."  And the best part?  It's completely free.

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Ford's Theatre Honors Lincoln with Student Performances

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, students from 3rd through 8th grade classrooms across the metro D.C. area will be performing a selection of his most historic speeches on the historic Ford's Theatre stage.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Ford's Theatre

6 Ways the TSA App Can Improve your Group Trip

Trip leaders and parent chaperones often admit that the most worrisome aspect of traveling with students is getting everyone through airport security efficiently.  But the truth is that airports can be easily maneuvered, as long as everyone in the group is on the same page with packing. 


Luckily, the TSA offers a free app to provide airline passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information on any mobile device.  Learn more about how the" MyTSA" app can help your students pack and prepare for your trip. (Our  favorite feature? Definitely the searchable database of items that can and can't go in checked or carry-on bags.

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Topics: Airport Security, TSA, Airport Travel

Vote for Your Favorite Free Museum

Voting is open for USA TODAY Readers' Choice Travel Awards!  It's often said that the best things in life are free...and when it comes to museums, it's true. Vote for your favorite free museum once per day until polls close on Monday, February 17 at noon ET. The winning museums, as determined by popular vote, will be announced on Friday, February 28. Read the official Readers' Choice rules here.

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Arlington National Cemetery Expansion Approved

The Arlington National Cemetery will be expanding acreage in order to provide more 60,000 more burial plot for U.S. service members.  This expansion will ensure burial space for service members through 2050. Without the expansion, the cemetery is estimated to run out of burial plots in 22 years.  

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Topics: Arlington National Cemetery

Obama Portraits to Tour the Country in 2021

Two of the most famous portraits at the National Portrait Gallery are set to go on tour in 2021.  Read on to find out which five museums are part of the nationwide tour.  

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Topics: Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

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