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2020 D.C. Peak Cherry Blossom Bloom Predictions Revealed!

Breaking News!  The National Park Service just released information on their "peak bloom" forecast for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry blossom trees.  And peak season is sooner than you'd think!

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

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

60 Years of the Basilica of the National Shrine in D.C.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is celebrating its 60th anniversary of its dedication in Washington, D.C.  Have you ever visited the Basilica? Read more about the largest Catholic church in North America in today’s blog post.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., The Basilica, The National Shrine

30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Can you guess which Washington, D.C. museum has the largest display of unaltered portions of the original wall outside of Germany?  Find out in our latest blog post.

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Topics: Newseum, School Trip to D.C.

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

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

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

Washington Monument Reopens After Three Year Renovation

Exciting news for anyone traveling to Washington, D.C. this fall!  After three years of extensive renovations, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. has reopened to the public for the first time since 2016.  

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

SYTA Names this City a Top Emerging Destination for Student Travel

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jul 22, 2019 11:31:26 AM

In the most recent issue of Teach and Travel Magazine, Student & Youth Travel Association member tour operators selected five U.S. cities as the "Top Emerging Destinations" for student travel in 2019 - and one of our favorite NationsClassroom tour destinations made the list.  

 

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, School Trip to D.C., Baltimore, MD

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