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Educational Travel Programs

CTY’s Educational Travel Programs fully engage CTY families in authentic learning experiences at destinations all over the world. Although each adventure is unique, they all aim to introduce students and parents to the rich natural, cultural, and historical aspects of spectacular destinations spanning the globe. Participants will build lasting memories and wonderful friendships as they expand their worldview.

Please note: Our Educational Travel Programs are recommended for students in grades 5 –12. However, younger siblings and Talent Search participants in grades 2 – 4 may be permitted to attend after a parent or guardian speaks with Family Academic Programs staff about the pace and content of the programs. Please read Educational Travel Policies, Terms, and Conditions for more information. Deposits are required to reserve your space.

To speak with someone about these trips or to register, call 410-735-6115, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET, or email

Upcoming Programs

Belize to Guatemala: Local Traditions, Mayan History, and Tropical Wildlife

Saturday, December 23 – Friday, December 29, 2017
Detailed itinerary for Belize to Guatemala (PDF)

Ancient temple in Guatemala.

With one foot in the Guatemalan jungles and the other in the Belize Caribbean Sea, this program has something for everyone—breathtaking scenery, an abundance of amazing wildlife, and exciting cultural and historical attractions. Join CTY on this extraordinary winter program and discover these two magnificent Central American countries. You get a literal high from the views at the top of Mayan pyramids at Tikal. On the ground, you’ll walk in wildlife sanctuaries to spot jaguars and neotropical birds, participate in crafts sessions with pottery artisans, and learn to make ceviche on a tropical beach and chocolate on a cocoa plantation. You’ll visit a cool cavern and a private sugar cane plantation. And along the coast, you can get up close and personal with the aquatic wildlife on a catamaran and kayak along the world’s second largest barrier reef. Every step of the way, local guides and naturalists make sure you have hands on and immersive experiences into the natural environment and local culture. Accommodations in both countries offer family-friendly comfort at its best, whether you’re in the heart of a private nature reserve or alongside a strip of white Caribbean sand. 

Program includes accommodations and most meals during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from Belize at the start or end of the program. 

Price per person:

  • $5,280 for adults
  • $4,980 for students 16 and under


Naturalist Studies in the Highlands of Scotland – Beauly, Scotland

Saturday, July 7 – Saturday, July 14, 2018
Detailed itinerary for Scottish Highlands (PDF)

A castle in Scotland.

Discover the magic of the Scottish Highlands during this outdoor learning experience led by renowned author-naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye and his team of rangers. Aigas Field Centre, set in the wild and rugged landscape of the Highlands, offers unrivaled access to the coast, lochs, mountains, and glens that make this area the most dramatic and scenic part of the United Kingdom. Through a variety of on-site presentations, hands-on activities, expert-led walks, and engaging projects, this program provides a unique view of Scotland's natural environment, ancient history, and contemporary culture. Lessons come to life during daily trips to various coastal and inland locations, including rugged coastlines, pristine lochs, sandy beaches, and castles. Weather permitting, we will enjoy a boat ride along the North Sea for a closer glimpse of seals, dolphins, puffins, guillemots, white-tailed sea eagles, and more. The week will finish with a grand farewell ceilidh, involving folk music, traditional dancing, and storytelling.

Whether observing a frolicking bottlenose dolphin, watching a summer sunset at 10 p.m., listening to melodic Scottish bagpipes, or enjoying afternoon teas and local culinary delights, families will build memories to last a lifetime.

Program includes accommodations, most meals during the program, and ground transportation between Inverness and Aigas Field Centre. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from Scotland at the start or end of the program. 

Price per person:

  • $2,950 for adults
  • $1,950 for students 16 and under


South Africa Odyssey

Tuesday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Optional Victoria Falls Extension: Wednesday, July 25 – Saturday, July 28
Detailed itinerary coming soon!

Giraffe running

"It is in your hands to make of the world a better place." - Nelson Mandela, calling on the younger generation to take up this task. Join CTY on this amazing odyssey and experience the wonders of South Africa where the history is rich, the culture is diverse, and the natural habitat is extraordinary. Our journey begins in Cape Town, where we will encounter places and people that provide insight into the "Mother City." July 18 marks the 100-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and we will be celebrating his life and legacy as we explore this vibrant city. This Rainbow Nation, composed of African, Asian, and European descent, will astonish you with the variety of cultures, languages and religions that triumphed apartheid. The species-rich landscape of Kruger National Park will be our next stop on this African adventure where we will learn about the conservation efforts to protect endangered species throughout the country. This is ideal viewing time when Safari visibility is optimal and birthing season is at its peak. During one of our many game drives/bush walks we'll be given the opportunity to come face to face with the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino. The program will end in Johannesburg. An optional 3-day journey to Victoria Falls will be available for those who wish to continue this grand adventure.

Program includes accommodations, most meals, and internal transportation during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from South Africa at the start or end of the program.

Price per person: TBA


Wild Wyoming: A Scientific Adventure – Jackson, WY

Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 12, 2018
Detailed itinerary coming soon!

Young person canoeing in Wyoming.

To help ensure a meaningful experience for CTY students and their families, Teton Science Schools has created an exciting itinerary of activities to connect you to the wonders of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, each rich in its unique topography and ecology.

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from expert scientists in the fields of biology, ecology, geology, and ornithology. You will be amazed by Grand Teton National Park, whose majestic mountain range, pristine lakes, and diverse wildlife comprise one of our country's most breathtaking natural treasures. Equally unforgettable are the wonders of Yellowstone, established in 1872 as America's first national park. Discover the ecology of plants and animals living in this mountain environment as we wind our way through these parks. Investigate the geological forces that shaped the region while hiking among geysers and hot springs. Ride the aerial tram at Jackson Hole to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.

Spend the day considering the role water plays in the ecosystem during a canoe trip on String Lake. Families will experience the magic of Yellowstone by day and by night during an overnight camping excursion. You will be amazed at the dazzling display of constellations, planets, and nebulae normally invisible to urban/suburban dwellers because of light pollution. Less than two miles from the charming town of Jackson, Teton Science Schools 900-acre campus is located in an open and somewhat secluded valley surrounded by creeks, ponds, aspen, and conifer habitats. Join us for this exceptional experience, organized exclusively for CTY families and absorb the grandeur of these magnificent parks.

Program includes accommodations and most meals during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from Wyoming at the start or end of the program. 

Price per person:

  • $2,900 per person