Educational Programs

Wonders of Washington (WOW) D.C.-  Educational Tour

Wonders of Washington (WOW) combines leading civics and history educational programming, student tours of Washington D.C., and the added benefit of staying at D.C.'s premier youth hotel. With amenities specifically designed for student safety, security and comfort you will find National 4-H Conference Center becomes your "home away from home".

Designed to parallel many state educational standards for civics and history, WOW is an ideal educational program. Our college-age tour guides make the program experience relevant, educational and exciting for students through a combination of tours and workshops highlighting the premier historical, political and cultural attractions in D.C.

Where does the program take place:

  • The program will take place at the National 4-H Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border.

Who can participate:

  • Any youth in grades 6-12.

Your WOW program could include:

  • A trip to the U.S. Capitol and a meeting with elected officials from your state
  • Tours of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Washington National Cathedral
  • A visit and guided tour of the Smithsonian Institution Museums
  • Seasonal cultural activities, including concerts at The Kennedy Center and dinner theater shows

How to register:

Register for Educational Programs

Simplify your planning and maximize your Washington, D.C. experience by working with our dedicated planning managers and licensed tour guides. Our flexible itineraries range from half-day to six nights, and are customized to meet your group needs.

For more information, please contact our sales team at 1-800-Four-H-DC or submit a request.

For more information, please contact our sales team at 1-800-Four-H-DC or submit a request below.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Every summer, thousands of young people come to the National 4-H Conference Center to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) - a unique, weeklong leadership program for 4-H'ers ages 14 to 19. For 51 years, CWF has taught youth the importance of civic and social responsibility.

The program includes:

  • Activities that promote experiential learning and lasting friendships
  • A special look at the inner-workings of our nation's capital, along with a chance to meet congressional leaders
  • Tours of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, and the Washington National Cathedral
  • A detailed orientation to the Smithsonian Institution Museums
  • An enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with your 4-H'ers  

For more information, please visit Citizenship Washington Focus.

Be A Program Assistant

An Internship Experience Like None Other

We are looking for college-aged students who have a passion for:

  • public speaking
  • leadership
  • history
  • education
  • positive youth development
  • Use your skills to lead and shape future leaders
  • Create and facilitate workshops for use throughout the conferences
  • Serve as a role model for young people of all ages from across the country
  • Act as a liaison between young people, their chaperones, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center and the Greater Washington D.C.

Educational Tours (Spring & Fall)- The Ultimate Washington, D.C. Experience For Young People

Educational Tours (ETs) give youth groups the ultimate Washington, DC experience! A variety of two-to-six night programs are designed especially for youth in grades 6-12. Programs blend tours of Washington, DC and the surrounding areas, highlighting the top historical, political and cultural attractions, with educational workshops to create a one-of-a-kind experience!

Citizenship Washington Focus & Leadership Washington Focus (Summer)

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) offers nearly 1,500 4-Hers from across the nation the opportunity to visit the living class-room of Washington, DC each summer. Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is the precurser program to CWF giving our middle school age 4-H’ers the opportunity to become active leaders in their communities. Both programs explore how delegates can become better citizens and leaders in today’s changing society.

Application due dates:
  • Fall – May 31st
  • Spring – October 2nd
  • CWF & LWF – January 18th
Dates of Internship:
  • Fall – mid-September through mid-November
  • Spring - mid-February through May/June
  • CWF & LWF- mid-May through Late July

Please contact Maria McNeely at for more information about these positions