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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

2019 Programs

Wyoming Winter Adventure - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

December 28, 2019 - January 3, 2020

2 participants looking through a scope at the snowJoin CTY at the Teton Science Schools and experience the magic of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the quiet of winter. Snowshoe and cross-country ski across Grand Teton National Park. Travel to Yellowstone and witness Old Faithful and other geothermal wonders. See thousands of wintering elk during a horse-drawn sleigh ride across the National Elk Refuge. Explore the animal habitats of Jackson Hole with an expert naturalist who will teach you tracking and snow science skills. View many species of wildlife, which might include moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, bald eagles, and perhaps a wolf or mountain lion. Your nights will be spent on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. Located less than two miles from the town of Jackson, Wyoming, the nearly 900-acre campus is in an open, somewhat secluded valley surrounded by creeks, ponds, aspen, and conifer habitats. While not on expeditions to the parks, you are welcome to explore the beautiful surroundings. We hope you will join us for this exceptional experience, organized exclusively for CTY families.

Program includes accommodations and all meals during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools at the start or end of the program.

Price per person

  • Early Bird—Before October 1, 2019: $2,675 for adults, $2,325 students 16 and under
  • After October 1, 2019: $2,799 for adults, $2,449 students 16 and under

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Darwin's Galapagos Islands and the Andes Mountains

December 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020

the andes mountains and sea turtlesEver since Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos in 1835, these islands have fascinated the world. Join CTY on an extraordinary journey and experience first-hand why Darwin was so inspired by these mythical islands. This Galapagos land-based tour is an excellent alternative to a traditional Galapagos cruise. During our program, you’ll get a real feel for what it’s like to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door while connecting with the locals to get a feel for their daily life. Our journey begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After arriving, we head up to the Andes Mountains take a scenic tour of the mountains and rainforest. A short flight westward will take us from the mainland to the first of three volcanic islands—San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Santa Fe—where we will stay in small, boutique hotels. Each day we embark on a different adventure to explore, snorkel, hike, and kayak to view the remarkable wildlife and landscape. Only in this truly magical setting can you snorkel among playful sea lions and colorful tropical fish; paddle a kayak past penguins and sea turtles; and hike across volcanic landscapes dotted iguanas and frigate birds. Naturalist guides will accompany us on our adventures so that our experience is a fulfilling and educational one. The program concludes with a return flight to Quito. 

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

Price per person*

  • Early Bird—Before October 1, 2019: $6,599 for adults, $6,499 students 16 and under*
  • After October 1, 2019: $6,699 for adults, $6,599 students 16 and under*

*Price does not include $995 internal airfare charge per person.

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Previous CTY Family Travel Educational Programs include:

ItalyItaly trip - gondolas in clear water in Venice

ChinaChina trip - bright red Chinese dragon

IcelandGeyser erupting in Iceland

BrazilBrazil trip - statue of Jesus

ThailandThailand trip - Buddhist monks

ScotlandScotland trip - ancient castle

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