Smithsonian Develops Travel Program

The Smithsonian Institution has teamed with WorldStrides to develop a new collection of educational travel programs for university groups.

April 6, 2018

Smithsonian Develops Travel Program

Educational travel itineraries will feature content, experts from museum conglomerate.


Smithsonian University Travel Programs itineraries will capitalize on the combined experience of WorldStrides and the Smithsonian museums, offering traveling groups of university students special access to research sites, scientific facilities, cultural landmarks and a global network of experts for hands-on learning around the world.

From mission control in Moscow, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama or an art restoration lab in Italy, the faculty-led travel programs are designed to serve as extensions of in-classroom learning. Programs will cover a diverse range of topics including art history, engineering, physics, math, environmental science and biology.

The program itineraries were jointly crafted by WorldStrides and the Smithsonian Institution including the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian

Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Smithsonian Center for Folkways and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Zoo.

Travel dates are custom and the first programs can launch as early as December.

“Smithsonian is pleased to be working with WorldStrides, as they have a proven track record developing student travel programs that encourage curiosity about the world,” says Carol LeBlanc, senior vice president, Smithsonian Enterprises. “Together we have developed a broad array of transformative learning experiences, allowing Smithsonian to connect to a broader audience in a deeper way.” 

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