Educational Tours Packages
On your next educational tour to Washington, D.C., you will be at the epicenter of power and influence. The nation's capitol evokes so many memories both of our own and yesteryear, such as the photo of JFK on his telephone during the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nixon waving from the helicopter as he left office, and King’s “I have a dream” speech. The city offers far more than a living history of political theater and an opportunity to learn about the evolution of our system of government. D.C. student tours can be crafted towards a wide range of topics such as American history, arts, sciences, zoology, architecture. Tours focused on government can include a retrospective on the origins of Democracy in Greece, and the impact that Thomas Jefferson’s philosopher friends, such as John Locke and Francis Bacon, had on his vision for the Constitution. The Smithsonian is a confederation of numerous museums such as Air and Space, American History, American Art, National Zoo, American Indian, and Natural History. Culture can be infused with science, such as learning about the origin of dyes and paints extracted from plants while touring the American Indian Museum. The zoo, of the world’s best, offers a respite from the concrete jungle, and is home to approximately 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species, such as giant pandas, Asian elephants, western lowland gorillas, Sumatran tigers, and cheetahs. For students who are scientifically inclined or otherwise have a passion for gadgets other than their iPhone, the International Spy Museum offers a chance to learn about spy techniques such as invisible ink, bugs, microdots, buttonhole cameras, submarine recording systems, and disguises developed by Hollywood for the CIA. Such intrigue can help enliven and place in context the sometimes tedious chore of memorizing names and dates in the classroom. Arlington Cemetery also hosts Robert E. Lee’s home before the outbreak of the Civil War, and tours are available. The cemetery used to be Lee’s back yard and was created as a reprisal to Lee, burying Union soldiers there to “send a message” and discourage him from returning. The tactic was effective. Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated, still to this day offers both day and night theater performances at times, can be toured, and has a museum that includes John Wilkes Booth’s derringer and the clothing Lincoln wore the night he was assassinated. There is also a walking tour and reenactment available whose theme is based on Detective James McDevitt, who was on duty the night of the assassination. The 1.4 mile tour makes at least eight stops during the performance, from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. The National Mall, where cattle once grazed at a time when any citizen could walk into the White House and request a meeting with the president, is referred to as “America’s front yard” and is an obligatory site to see, studded with cherry trees donated by Japan in 1912.
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