America250, a non-partisan initiative working to engage every American in commemorating and celebrating the 250th anniversary of our country, just launched America’s Field Trip – a nationwide scholastic contest that provides elementary, middle and high school students the opportunity to submit artwork, videos, or essays illustrating what America means to them.

Here’s everything you need to know about America’s Field Trip:

  • 75 first-place recipients will receive unforgettable “field trip” experiences to some of the nation’s most iconic historical and cultural landmarks.
  • Second-place recipients will receive a $500 cash award.
  • The teacher associated with the top scoring student submissions in each grade level category will receive a $1,000 cash award.

America’s Field Trip is an opportunity for young people to get involved and ensure their voices are heard. See a few examples of field trips we have planned below:

  • Spend a weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
  • Participate in a special tour at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
  • Enjoy a candlelight tour at Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.  

Do you know a student who would love to participate in America’s Field Trip? Visit the America’s Field Trip website to learn more about how students can submit their entries before 11:59 p.m. ET on May 17.