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Exploring Egypt at the Met
All-Day Tour

Gary Rendsburg, a professor of biblical studies at Rutgers University, guides participants through the Met’s Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art, interpreting how the artifacts on display reflect the creativity and significance of art in this civilization, as well how Egyptian art, literature, religion, and culture illuminate many of the best-known stories in the Bible. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Gardening for Mother Earth

This Earth Day, celebrate Mother Earth with Niraj Ray, founder of Cultivate the City, a D.C. organization of urban farmers dedicated to locally grown food. Take a tour of one of Cultivate the City’s community gardens as you gather tips on how to garden and leave the planet a better place.

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Spring at the National Arboretum
All-Day Tour

Enjoy a spring day at the Arboretum, during what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers. The day includes a combination walking and bus tour to visit popular collections on the Arboretum grounds, a picnic box lunch on site, and special guided tours of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum and the National Herb Garden.

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria
Daytime Walking Tour

No other city is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, Virginia, which he considered his home town. Join author historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk that takes in Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, 18th-century architecture, and waterfront.

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A Day at the Delaware Art Museum
All-Day Tour

A guided tour of the Delaware Art Museum’s exhibition Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin is the highlight of a day at the museum. The visit includes a private lunch and time to explore the galleries, sculpture garden, and store. Enjoy a splendid afternoon tea at the historic Hotel Dupont before the bus returns home. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria
Weekend Walking Tour

No other city is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, Virginia, which he considered his home town. Join author historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk that takes in Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, 18th-century architecture, and waterfront.

Date
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Art in the Hudson River Valley: A Spring Sampler
Overnight Tour

The height of spring is the ideal time to embark on a thoughtfully curated exploration of New York’s Hudson Valley, a region booming as a magnet for art lovers. Highlights include a visit to Storm King Art Center to view stunning outdoor sculptures; a tour of the Edward Hopper house, now a museum devoted to the artist; and a rare chance to visit to private studio of the late photographer Rodney Smith. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.
Sears Houses of Arlington
Weekend Tour

Join historian Kathryn Holt Springston on a bus tour through historic Virginia neighborhoods to view the distinctive exteriors of Sears homes. Sold as kits during the first half of the 20th century, these affordable prefabricated dwellings allowed many Americans a chance to become homeowners.

Date
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Giants of the Sea: Norfolk’s Naval Heritage
All-Day Tour

Transportation expert Scott Hercik guides an immersive day at the Port of Norfolk focused on some of the world’s greatest ships and the men and women who sail them.

Date
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gettysburg 101
All-Day Tour

Join historian Gregg Clemmer as he explores and interprets the most iconic battle of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Date
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Adventures on the C&O Canal
Overnight Tour

Explore the man-made wonders of the C&O Canal, as well as natural beauty of spring along the Potomac River, guided by writer and local historian Garrett Peck. Highlights include the Monocacy Aqueduct, the canal town of Williamsport, the Paw Paw Tunnel, and an overnight stay in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, site of America’s first spa.

Date
Depart: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Saunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Open House at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
All-Day Tour

The Edgewater, Maryland, headquarters of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is the site of some of the longest-running environmental projects in the world. Get the most out of the facility’s once-a-year open house by becoming part of a tour that includes special opportunities not available to the public during the event.

Date
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Oysters of the Rappahannock: New Directions for a Virginia Industry
All-Day Tour

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews leads a tour that examines how Virginia’s once-declining oyster harvest was revived through innovative developments in commercial farming and aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay. A visit to a 119-year-old family business that was among the pioneers in that resurgence offers a chance to see—and taste—the robust oyster industry of today.

Date
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Glassmaking in Brooklyn: Past and Present
All-Day Tour

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass’s GlassBarge, a unique glassmaking demonstration barge docked in Brooklyn—where the company that grew into Corning International was originally located in the mid-19th century. A stop at the studios and galleries of UrbanGlass provides a glimpse of Brooklyn’s contemporary connection to the art and industry of glassmaking.

Date
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Potomac Eagle: A Rail Ride Through the Trough
All-Day Tour

Join rail historian Joe Nevin for a 3 1/2-hour excursion on the diesel-powered Potomac Eagle along the route of the South Branch Valley Railroad, from Petersburg to Romney, West Virginia. The panorama from the train features natural wonders such as the river’s crystal-clear water, home to some of the largest fish caught yearly in the state, and eagles, deer, and other wildlife.

Date
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Mountain Rail Extravaganza: The Cass Scenic Railroad and Other West Virginia Excursions
3-Day Tour

All aboard for an exciting three-day rail journey through West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery led by railroad historian Joe Nevin.

Date
Depart: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Booth’s Escape Route
All-Day Tour

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night in 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer trace his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Weekend Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Finding Paradise in Montgomery County: Sugarloaf Mountain and the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve
All-Day Tour

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day with author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley as she shares some of her favorite places in a slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Daytime Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Weekend Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Weekend Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Historic Jamestown
All-Day Tour

Staff from the Jamestown Rediscovery project share the eloquent archeological story of life and death in North America’s first permanent British settlement during a visit to this fascinating research site.

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Afternoon Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle. 

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Natural History of the Mid-Atlantic: Stories of Calvert County, Maryland
All-Day Tour

Environmental historian and storyteller Hayden Mathews interprets the many layers of the county’s natural history as he leads a tour to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Calvert Marine Museum, and Flag Ponds Beach and Nature Center. 

Date
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Weekend Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle.

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
North to Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore
All-Day Tour

Harriett Tubman’s childhood knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Shore played an essential role as she ferried more than 70 people to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Uncover the saga of Tubman’s life as nurse, scout, and spy by exploring significant sites in the region where she was raised—and that shaped her dreams of freedom and equality.

Date
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Niagara Falls: A Summer Spectacular
3-Day Tour

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

Date
Depart: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.
A Berkshires Summer Sampler
5-Day Tour

The scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Journalist Richard Selden leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural attractions in the region, from historic writers’ homes to outstanding museums to music and theatre performances.

Date
Depart: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 6:30 a.m.
Return: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota: Badlands, Bison, and the Making of a Conservationist
5-Day Tour

The rugged landscape of western North Dakota was the setting against which Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old into a robust outdoorsman—and a passionate lifelong conservationist. Experience that corner of the West—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary 5-day tour that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

Date
Depart from Bismarck, ND: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Return to Bismarck, ND: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.