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Washington, DC Educational Tour: Highlights of Our Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC
Washington, DC Educational Tour: Highlights of Our Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC Educational Tour: Highlights of Our Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC

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Destination: Washington, DCType: EducationalSubject: History, Social Studies, Politics, Science, Leadership, College Prep, TRIO, STEM, Literature

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With monuments and museums centered around politics, history, art, science and more, our nation’s capital is a living classroom for students of almost every discipline. Whether you are a history teacher planning your 8th grade DC trip, or a science teacher interested in Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, we will create a Washington D.C. educational tour that perfectly fits your student’s needs and interests. This tour takes advantage of the city’s many affordable attractions, from the iconic monuments and memorials to historic neighborhoods.

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Highlights

  • Ford’s Theatre
  • National Holocaust Museum
  • Spark Fit Program
  • Art of Advocacy Workshop
  • SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Take a Picture in Front of the White House

Walk the Grounds of Capitol Hill

Walk the lawns of the U.S. Capitol—home to the United States Congress—and tour the exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and several influential government office buildings.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the National Archives

Discover American history through documents, photos and records, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Visit the Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean Memorials

Visit the Einstein Statue

Upon a dais representing astronomical objects, a bronze figure of everybody’s favorite genius sits casually amongst his manuscripts.

Enjoy Dinner

Check into Your Hotel

Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Tour Arlington National Cemetery Tour and Watch Changing of the Guards

Filled with the casualties and deceased veterans of American conflicts spanning back to the Civil War, explore the Women in Military Services for America Memorial, John F. Kennedy’s “eternal flame” and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Visit the Iwo Jima Marine Memorial

Depicting the six servicemen who raised the second U.S. flag during the WWII battle of Iwo Jima, this statue was dedicated to the Marine personnel who’ve died defending the United States.

Participate in a Spark Fit Program

Teach students the importance of health, fitness and feeling good! Students participate in an outdoor nutrition class led by an expert instructor, followed by a light, interactive workout. Health consciousness continues throughout the tour as students keep track of their steps with pedometers and dig into nutritious meals.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Permanent Exhibit

In a cold, dark building meant to evoke terror and sobriety, exhibits follow the Nazi rise to power, the lives of Jews confined to the ghettos, the horror of “The Final Solution,” and in the Daniel’s Story exhibit, the experience of a child.

Visit the Washington Monument

Discover the 555 foot marble obelisk, and discover insights into a planning process that began even before Washington was elected president.

Visit the WWII Memorial

Enjoy Dinner

Visit the Jefferson and FDR Memorials

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Check Out of Hotel

Drive Down Embassy Row

Luxurious mansions from the 19th and 20th century are now filled with embassies from throughout the world.

Visit Your Choice of Smithsonian Museums

Often referred to as The Castle, the “nation’s attic’s” administrative headquarters also has exhibits on the institution itself.

Enjoy Lunch

Participate in an Art of Advocacy Workshop

This hands-on workshop introduces students to the tactics and functions behind advocacy and persuasion. Additionally, students will understand today’s major issues and form their own opinions. This program is designed in compliance with the Common Core standards and the C3 Framework.

Depart for Home

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  • Washington, D.C. Student Tour Review

    Thank you for arranging an extraordinary 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.!  My son had a fantastic experience.

    - Debbie M., Illinois
    WASHINGTON D.C.: HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR NATION'S CAPITAL SCRAPBOOK REVIEW 1
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  • Washington, D.C. Student Tour Review

    I want people to know that these trips are worth it. I grew close to people that I didn't ever think I would become friends with. This trip meant very much to me.

    - Mallory Z., Iowa
    WASHINGTON D.C.: HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR NATION'S CAPITAL SCRAPBOOK REVIEW 2
  • Washington, D.C. Student Tour Review

    I am completely amazed by the quality of service Brightspark provides and I would never consider undertaking a trip of this magnitude with any company other than Brightspark!

    - Cindy M., Alabama
    WASHINGTON D.C.: HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR NATION'S CAPITAL SCRAPBOOK REVIEW 3

ENHANCE YOUR TOUR

Art of Advocacy Workshop

Art of Advocacy Workshop

Help students form critical opinions while introducing them to the core issues behind current Supreme Court cases. Designed to comply with Common Core standards, this 60-90 minute workshop introduces students to the art of advocacy by providing them with the tools and information they need to develop and support their opinions. After learning about advocacy from Paul Hayes, the Director of Debate at George Washington University, students will face an audience as they support their views on topics such as energy production and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

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Spark Fit

Teach students the importance of health, fitness and feeling good! Students participate in an outdoor nutrition class led by an expert instructor, followed by a light, interactive workout. Health consciousness continues throughout the tour as students keep track of their steps with pedometers and dig into nutritious meals.

Sign Up for Spark Fit Today

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