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Go behind the scenes at some of the most prominent businesses in the Grapevine and Dallas-Fort Worth area on Friday, July 22, between 8 a.m. and noon. Choose your tour in our registration system.

If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a tour or other special event, please visit our Attendee Service Center with your login and password and choose Edit Your Registration.

Attendees are limited to one tour choice. Spouses, children or other guests can be registered for an additional fee per person.

Tours include:

AT&T Stadium – SOLD OUT!

Inside AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium isn’t just the home of the Dallas Cowboys and diverse sporting and entertainment events, thanks to its retractable roof and fully customizable field. It’s also renowned as an “architectural icon” that unites art, design, engineering and technology and houses the extraordinary Dallas Cowboys Art Collection.

Join us for a private 90-minute VIP guided tour of key locations in the stadium, including, for example, the Cowboys locker room, Cheerleaders locker room, luxury suites, field level, exclusive clubs, press box and more. Special guests along the tour will share their industry expertise on hospitality, catering, athletics, engineering, art and much more!

Cost: $50 includes discounted VIP admission, a complimentary professional group photo, and transport to and from AT&T Stadium from the Gaylord Texan

Tour Time: Friday, July 22, 9:30 – 11 a.m. (90 minutes; attendees will be split into smaller groups departing every couple of minutes)

Departure Time: The shuttle from the Texan to the stadium will depart at 8:45 a.m. from the Tour Bus Lobby and Circle, located to the left of the hotel registration lobby when facing the Atrium. Return shuttles will depart the stadium at 11:30 a.m.

Tour Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Attendees of all ages are welcome! Purses and backpacks will be checked at entry. Video cameras are not permitted. Please let us know if you need a wheelchair or other special assistance at the stadium.

The Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center

Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education CenterTeachers, take your instruction sky high in CTE, literacy, math, social studies, STEM and more with resources and inspiration from the educators, historians and aviation experts at the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center.

Located at the Dallas Executive Airport, the NAEC’s 47,000 square foot facility is dedicated to hands-on learning for all ages with the mission to Honor the Past, Empower the Future.

Join NAEC educators Nancy McGee and Brenda Townsend for a tour of the James C. Ray Education Wing, a 10,000 square foot education space encompassing Build Guild Classrooms, a Homefront Classroom, the Robert F. Finan Flight Deck and a Think Tank.

The Victor N. Agather STEM Innovation Hangar, a hands-on working and educational space, houses World War II aircraft that serve as living, breathing examples of the STEM principles taught at the NAEC.

The NAEC’s museum wing includes the world’s largest collection of authentic World War II nose art, a theater and exhibits that honor the diverse individuals — such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), Rosie the Riveter, the Aztec Eagles and many Texans — who contributed to the war effort.

NAEC logoThe NAEC is the flagship of the American Airpower Heritage Museum, an affiliate of the Commemorative Air Force. With 87 locations nationwide, the Commemorative Air Force provides units, lesson plans, resources and in-person and virtual learning experiences that can help you spark interest and excitement about the past and future of aviation in early learners, upper elementary, middle and high school students, and individuals of any age.

Cost: $33 includes admission and transport to and from the NAEC from the Gaylord Texan

Tour Time: Friday, July 22, 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Central (2.25 hours)

Departure Time: The shuttle to the NAEC departs the Gaylord Texan at 7:30 a.m. from the Tour Bus Lobby and Circle, located to the left of the hotel registration lobby when facing the Atrium.

Tour Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes and be advised that the hangar, though equipped with fans, is not air-conditioned. There are no age restrictions on this tour, so attendees with children are most welcome. Breastfeeding facilities for nursing mothers are available.

The Western Experience in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Explore the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where you’ll witness the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive of Texas Longhorns. Guests of this four-hour multi-stop experience will attend the Fort Worth Herd interactive demonstration, take a Stockyards Heritage historical walking tour, visit the Stockyards Museum, take on the challenge of the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze and witness the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive of Texas Longhorns at 11:30 a.m. Central.

Cost: $40 includes admission and transport to and from the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District from the Gaylord Texan

Tour Time: Friday, July 22, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Central

Departure Time: The shuttle to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District will depart the Gaylord Texan at 7:00 a.m. from the Tour Bus Lobby and Circle, located to the left of the hotel registration lobby when facing the Atrium and pick up attendees at the Stockyards at 11:45 a.m. for return to the Texan.

Tour Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Please let us know if you would like to register a child under 4 for this tour by emailing us at summerconference@sreb.org.

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Fort Worth Zoo

Did you know? The acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and some rabbits. Now, as the home of more than 7,000 animals, the Zoo and its incredible staff are champions of wildlife stewardship, conservation, education and recreation with ties to zoos and conservation groups worldwide.

Join us for an exclusive presentation and guided tour featuring “guest stars” representing some of the Fort Worth Zoo’s most remarkable areas of operations, including, for example, education, animal registration and data management, nutrition, engineering and habitat maintenance, hospital care, business and hospitality, and more. You’ll be surprised by the unusual and exciting careers your students could pursue at the Zoo! Then get to know some of the Zoo’s amazing residents during a guided tour of highlights like Texas Wild!, the Museum of Living Art, and more. Maybe you’ll meet baby Brazos, the Asian elephant!

Cost: $34 includes zoo admission and transport to and from the Zoo from the Gaylord Texan

Tour Time: Friday, July 22, 9 – 11:30 a.m. (2.5 hours)

Departure Time: The shuttle from the Texan to the Fort Worth Zoo will depart at 7:45 a.m. from the Tour Bus Lobby and Circle, located to the left of the hotel registration lobby when facing the Atrium. Return shuttles will depart the Zoo at 11:30 a.m.

Tour Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the Fort Worth Zoo is large and spread out. Attendees of all ages are welcome; however, due to the summer heat, very small children may be uncomfortable. Attendees are welcome to bring in their own water. The Zoo has a limited quantity of mobility scooters available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shine & Wine: Networking Leadership Development at the House of Shine

Join us on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Shine & Wine! evening event to enjoy networking, leadership development, light bites, wine and an exclusive private tour of House of Shine’s exhibits and programs.

House of Shine, a conference partner, is a nonprofit community space and interactive museum whose mission is to grow confident and self-aware leaders by providing tools that enable leaders, organizations and communities to thrive. House of Shine’s engaging exhibits, programs and events help you unearth your SHINE and use it to help others. House of Shine also works alongside educators, helping students discover who they are, learn to lead and work together.

Don’t miss sessions with lead Shineologist and career educator Claudia Beeny, plus check out House of Shine’s booth and pop-up shop in our Education Marketplace in the conference exhibit hall!

Cost: $25, includes transportation from the Gaylord Texan to House of Shine and return

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Central; shuttle picks up from the Convention Center Lobby and Circle (level 1) at the Gaylord Texan at 5:15 p.m. and departs House of Shine at 7:30 p.m.

Location: 334 S. Barton Street, Grapevine, TX 76051