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. This is why Walking Tree Travel, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to offer a collection of dynamic programs for high school students – Smithsonian Student Adventures. These educational immersion programs, highlight our shared mission of learning and discovery, and offer a unique opportunity for student travelers to explore the world in a meaningful way.

Open Enrollment programs are open to individual high school students (ages 14-18) who are interested in traveling with other students from across the USA to select destinations around the world. Candidates are accepted based on the strength of their application and teacher references, which are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open Enrollment Program Types

Service Adventures

Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

These three program focuses are not mutually exclusive, and many of our programs combine elements from all of these areas. Connect with us to let us know which aspects of each program type interest you, and we will create a customized program itinerary that fits your needs and goals.

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