• August 13, 2019

Smithsonian Collaboration

Walking Tree has had the pleasure of teaming up with many amazing organizations over our 15 year history which has strengthened our programming, deepened our bonds with local communities, and helped create more sustainable travel experiences. We are excited to share news of an exciting collaboration partner that has been in the works since 2016: The Smithsonian Institution!

For 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through its steadfast dedication to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge”. In a globalized world, it is more important than ever to promote the Smithsonian values of Discovery, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, and Service. That is why Walking Tree Travel (WTT), in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to offer a collection of dynamic travel programs for high school students enhanced with educational resources dedicated to global leadership and sustainability.


Why Us?

WTT’s educational immersion programs emphasize authentic and personal experience before, during, and after travel. This is delivered through:

  • Homestays and collaborations with local people and communities.

  • Activities that examine local history and culture.

  • Educational resources designed to focus on global sustainability and citizenry.

  • Post-travel work to continue community engagement at home and abroad.

During its collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, Walking Tree Travel has worked closely with Smithsonian experts in education who have advised on the educational immersion programming. This enrichment, combined with Walking Tree Travel’s strong history as a student travel provider, ensures that student travelers have the opportunity to explore the world in a unique and meaningful way.


Areas of Collaboration

Educational Programming: Walking Tree Travel visits Smithsonian research stations, utilizes Smithsonian resources for itinerary creation and assistance in developing sustainability activities that infuse our shared passion for cultural engagement into our programs. Participants utilize the vast educational resources of the Smithsonian Institution to help improve pre- and post- travel education.

Global Leadership Activity Development: The Smithsonian Institution provides hands-on assistance in developing activities and resources for learning service programs that inspire participants to become “citizens of the world”. Program activities include international service projects or support for projects that are in line with their commitment to service.

Walking Tree Travel’s educational immersion programs highlight the Smithsonian’s shared mission of learning and discovery, and offer a unique opportunity for student travelers to explore the world in a meaningful way. We invite you to follow the below link to learn more about our mission, community partners, and other collaborations.


Our History

Walking Tree was founded in 2005 by three childhood friends from Denver, Colorado who all came to share the belief in the transformative power of travel after years of working and volunteering abroad. Since our first program in 2006 traveling with 12 students to Costa Rica, we have run programs in over 18 countries worldwide with thousands of students from over 500 high schools in 46 states and nine countries. Despite this growth, our mission of creating authentic programs that inspire our travelers to become global leaders remains at the heart of all of our programming.