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All upcoming Study Tours

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February 27, 2024

Discover what it takes to keep the Smithsonian’s many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year. Smithsonian horticulturist Vickie Dibella takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations facility in Suitland, Maryland, whose greenhouses provide plants for the institution’s gardens and horticultural exhibits.


March 2, 2024
In-Person
$155 - $205

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a visit to Baltimore to experience “Ethiopia at the Crossroads” at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The special exhibition celebrates the artistic traditions of Ethiopia and is the first major art exhibition in America to examine Ethiopian art in a global context. After an authentic Ethiopian lunch, visit an Ethiopian Orthodox church to explore this ancient culture more deeply. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


March 3 to March 4, 2024
In-Person
$630 - $945

There’s no better way to sweep away winter than with an overnight escape to the horticultural paradise that’s the Philadelphia Flower Show. And with a theme of “United by Flowers,” the 2024 edition is sure to provide plenty of color and extravagance. Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey leads the tour.


March 7, 2024

Discover what it takes to keep the Smithsonian’s many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year. Smithsonian horticulturist Vickie Dibella takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations facility in Suitland, Maryland, whose greenhouses provide plants for the institution’s gardens and horticultural exhibits.


March 15, 2024

Soar into the fascinating world of North American shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds at the Bird House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Built in 1928 and reopened in 2023 after a six-year renovation, the Bird House­ reflects a new era in which zoos function as key players in wildlife conservation. Brian Evans, an ornithologist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and members of the Bird House’s animal-care team lead a fascinating immersive exploration of the exhibitions and the science that informs bird conservation.


March 22, 2024

Soar into the fascinating world of North American shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds at the Bird House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Built in 1928 and reopened in 2023 after a six-year renovation, the Bird House­ reflects a new era in which zoos function as key players in wildlife conservation. Brian Evans, an ornithologist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and members of the Bird House’s animal-care team lead a fascinating immersive exploration of the exhibitions and the science that informs bird conservation.


March 23, 2024
In-Person
$215 - $265

Enjoy a day that spotlights architect Frank Gehry’s designs for the recent renovation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. En route to Philadelphia, Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, offers an overview of Gehry’s career and the backstory of the project. At the museum, a staff-led architectural tour brings you into some of the most dramatic of the reimagined spaces that blend past and present.


April 2, 2024

Discover the spring splendors of the Potomac Gorge, a 1,900-acre natural area spanning Maryland and Virginia that is one of the most botanically diverse places in North America. Hike north from Turkey Run Park along the Potomac Heritage Trail on a wilderness adventure inside the Beltway as you admire lush upland forests, floodplains brilliantly decorated by Virginia bluebells, and great blue herons in the Potomac River.


April 3, 2024

Discover the spring splendors of the Potomac Gorge, a 1,900-acre natural area spanning Maryland and Virginia that is one of the most botanically diverse places in North America. Hike north from Turkey Run Park along the Potomac Heritage Trail on a wilderness adventure inside the Beltway as you admire lush upland forests, floodplains brilliantly decorated by Virginia bluebells, and great blue herons in the Potomac River.


April 4, 2024

Discover the spring splendors of the Potomac Gorge, a 1,900-acre natural area spanning Maryland and Virginia that is one of the most botanically diverse places in North America. Hike north from Turkey Run Park along the Potomac Heritage Trail on a wilderness adventure inside the Beltway as you admire lush upland forests, floodplains brilliantly decorated by Virginia bluebells, and great blue herons in the Potomac River.