The world is our classroom.

A central part of Parkmont's program is “in-the-field” education, sending students out into our community, and the world community, so rich with cultural resources. We travel nearby for hour-long field trips, and we travel far away, to Alaska, Panama, Mexico, for week-long excursions. Some trips are academically-focused, and part of our Main Lesson structure, while others are team-building and confidence-enriching trips. All enhance learning.

Field trips and travel are extensions of our classrooms. Students studying Latin American History and Culture will travel to the Yucatan to gain first-hand knowledge on the culture. Some of our “classrooms” are as inspiring as a mountain-top, as expansive as an open field, as pragmatic as an office, or as formal as a Congressional hearing. By offering instruction in a variety of environments, we invite students to learn by self-realization and “real world” problem-solving, life skills that are interwoven into our program.

Adventure trips can introduce students-some of whom have never been out of the city-to wild ponies, crab nets, white water rafting, rock climbing, golf, and downhill skis. And they can introduce students-some of whom have never been to the inner city-to ethnic festivals, soup kitchens, wholesale markets, and community organizations.

Some of our field trips from the last few years include:

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Clagett Farm
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Dzibichaltun Cenote and Caves, Mexico
  • Monument Valley, AZ
  • Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Corkscrew Swamp, Naples, FL
  • Flamingo Bay, Everglades National Park
  • Shark's Valley, Everglades National Park
  • Monkey Island, Panama
  • Taboga Island, Panama
  • Portobelo, Panama
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC
  • Okefenokee Swamp, GA
  • Kittyhawk, NC
  • National Arboretum
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • National Building Museum
  • National Archives
  • College Park Aviation Museum
  • Saudi Arabian embassy
  • Israeli Embassy
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Niagra Falls
  • Franciscan Monastery
  • National Botanic Gardens
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Brightwood Heritage Trail
  • Civil Rights Trail, Graysville, AL
  • The C&O Canal
  • Library of Congress
  • African American Civil Rights Museum
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • DNA Learning Center, Long Island
  • National Museum of Medicine & Health at Walter Reed

For more information call 202-726-0740 or email