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Baseball Fever! National Mall Renamed "Nationals Mall"- Temporarily

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 23, 2019 11:13:47 AM

The National Park Service (NPS) is swept up in baseball fever as the Washington Nationals face the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series.  In a tweet, the NPS showed their support for the Washington Nationals by temporarily and unofficially "renaming" the National Mall the "Nationals Mall."   They also tweeted out a picture of the mall with the Nationals logo on it (which is not real, much to the chagrin of Nationals fans).  Read on to check out the tweet in today's blog post.

 

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Washington DC in the Fall, School Trip to D.C., Washington Nationals

Museum of Modern Art Reopens in NYC

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) reopened its doors to the public after being closed since early June for a nearly $450 million renovation.  The expansion is bringing the art to the streets, literally.  

 

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Topics: NYC, School Trip to NYC, Student Trip to NYC, Museum of Modern Art

Gettysburg Eternal Light Peace Memorial Outages Expected

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 18, 2019 10:17:32 AM

Gettysburg National Military Park announced that the Eternal Light Peace Memorial will undergo upgrades to the natural gas lines inside the memorial during the next few weeks.  What will that mean for visitors heading to Gettsyburg this month?

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Topics: Gettysburg

Poe Museum Commemorates 170th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Death

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 16, 2019 11:15:35 AM

This October marks the 170th anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's death and also the 170th anniversary of the publication of his famous poem "Annabel Lee," published just two weeks after his death.  Richmond, Virginia is home to the Poe Museum where visitors have access to the most comprehensive Poe collection in the world.  But did you also know that the museum is also home to two black cats?  Read on for more information about this uniquely fun museum in the historic city of Richmond.

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Topics: Richmond, VA, Poe Museum

Application Window Open for the Road Scholarship for Need-Based Travel Assistance

Teachers, Administrators, and Program Leaders now have the opportunity through November 15, 2019 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, Benefits of Student Travel

Temporary Closings and Construction Coming to Air and Space Museum

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Oct 11, 2019 11:09:43 AM

Tour groups visiting the National Air and Space Museum in D.C. this fall should be aware of a few updates due to renovations to the museum.  Be sure to check out what galleries are temporarily closing and which of your favorites will still be open during renovations this fall.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., National Air and Space Museum

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Arlington National Cemetery

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 10, 2019 11:45:00 AM

On a class trip to D.C., there is no place which inspires more humility and  awe than the burial ground at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). Here the nation has lain-to-rest more than 424,000 servicemen and women in honored glory. It is here that groups come to connect with an understanding of America’s hard-earned freedom.

 

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Arlington National Cemetery

Students Can Exceed Curriculum Standards on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 7, 2019 7:59:43 AM

Most teachers love being in the classroom and watching our hours of lesson planning come to life. But the most meaningful teaching moments for me have been outside of the classroom walls on school trips.

 

While we know how meaningful these experiences are for the kids, teachers often have to prove the value of a class trip. 

  

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., Benefits of Student Travel

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anna Wintour, Jeff Bezos Join Portrait Gallery

Here is an exclusive look at the six newest portraits being added to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. this November!  

 

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, School Trip to D.C., Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

How to Get Your Administration to Say YES to Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 27, 2019 4:47:55 PM

More than ever, students need their teachers to be strong advocates for the value of experiential learning. To prepare for a discussion with administration about an educational trip, it helps to understand potential concerns and to be prepared to answer challenging questions. 

 

 

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

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