Create Your Own Program

Close Up works with hundreds of schools, districts, and organizations each year to design class trips and individual programs that complement curricula. 

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Looking for a customized Close Up experience?

Close Up allows you to tailor every aspect of your program, including dates, length, activities, and themes. Partner with Close Up to create an exclusive program just for you and your students. Our customizable programs are ideal for a school or organization that wants: 

  • A program designed specifically for a grade level or course (minimum of 40 students required); 
  • A focused program theme such as United States Government and History, Civil Rights, Foreign Policy, Ethics and Leadership, Civic Engagement, or current issue specific programs; 
  • To complement your school’s mission, curriculum, or research and capstone projects;  
  • Comprehensive resources to prepare students for your DC program and to continue the learning experience upon returning home; and 
  • Programming in Washington, DC, and out-of-town options such as Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, or New York City. 

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age.



Washington, DC

Watch history come to life with this ultimate, hands-on DC experience! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in these two iconic cities! Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with us to design a one-of-a-kind DC experience for your school! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through American history by exploring these significant U.S. cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy with visits to two of our nation’s most historic cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Gettysburg

Experience American history up close with visits to the nation’s capital and this Civil War battlefield. Learn More >

Founding of a Nation Program

Explore American history in-depth with this journey through the East Coast’s most notable cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

Local Programs

Start a local program focused on state and local history in your area! Learn More >