Create Your Own Program

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

Looking for a customized Close Up experience?

Close Up allows you to tailor every aspect of your program, including dates, length, themes, and specific activities. 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 U.S. government and history, civil rights, foreign policy, ethics and leadership, civic engagement, or a specific current issue;  
  • To complement a school’s mission, curriculum, or research/capstone projects;   
  • Comprehensive resources to prepare students for your program and to continue the learning experience upon returning home; and  
  • Programming in Washington, DC, and/or 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 participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.



Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Summer Programs

National Youth Impact Summit

In partnership with Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab and NNSP, meet and deliberate with passionate students from across the country! Learn More >

Close Up has decades of grant experience; contact us today for assistance with using your federal funds!