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Explore is the expanded Seattle's Child guide to enrichment opportunities available to schools, homeschoolers, scout leaders and others offering programs for kids in our Puget Sound community.
Whether you're planning outings for preschoolers, educating a third grader at home, running a day camp or teaching high school science, you'll find a truly remarkable variety of ways to enlarge and expand on your curriculum – field trips, classroom visits, homeschooler programs, and teacher education, to name a few.
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Animal Encounters provides enrichment programs for preschool and K-6 students including public and private schools, homeschool centers, summer camps and more. They tailor each presentation to the needs of the educator. Popular programs include Australian Animals, African Animals, Bugs and Reptiles.
Cougar Mountain Zoo
19525 SE 54th St.
Issaquah, WA 98027
The ten “worlds” of Cougar Mountain Zoo include habitats of cougars, reindeer, cranes, macaws, ratites, lemurs, camelids, wallabies, tigers and wolves. Schools can take guided tours of the zoo or schedule an Outreach Presentation.
Fall City Wallaby Ranch
35327 SE Fish Hatchery Road
Fall City, WA 98024
The Fall City Wallaby Ranch is a USDA Licensed and Inspected Facility dedicated to the breeding of world class gray and albino Bennetts wallabies and red kangaroos. They are pleased to host group tours to show off their animals and educate the public. Tours consist of an educational introduction to macropods (kangaroos and wallabies) where you will learn about and view photographs of babies growing in mom’s pouch. You will then take an interactive tour with the wallabies and kangaroos.
Forest Park Animal Farm
802 E Mukilteo Blvd.
Everett, WA 98203
425-257-8300, ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Animal Farm at Forest Park, open in the summer months, houses a wide variety of animals including rabbits, ducks, pigs, goats and ponies. They offer many educational programs as well as pony rides and bunny pet care trials.
Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Farm
120 138th St. S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Jozee Rooz offers a hands-on petting zoo experience YEAR ROUND, indoors and out of the weather, where our animals are clean and dry, enjoying the attention of kids (and grownups too). We specialize in baby and miniature pets, farm animals and exotics. The Zoo To U option includes 10 animals (goats, lambs, bunnies, piglets and ducklings if available) that we bring to your classroom or birthday party.
The Little Farm at Windwater
20621 SE Green Valley Road
Auburn, WA 98092
The Little Farm at Windwater is a family owned and operated business. We have a big barn with room inside to enjoy the animals even in bad weather. We have many animals including horses, a mini cow, rabbits, ducks, geese, mini donkey, goats, sheep, chickens and more. All of them are friendly and waiting to greet you. Our goal is to offer a package to fit your needs and provide your group with a fun and memorable trip to our petting farm.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive E
Eatonville, WA 98328
Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 animals native to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. See bighorn sheep, deer, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou, mountain goats and bison up close from trams. Grizzlies, black bears, wolves, bobcats, lynx, cougars, owls, eagles and wetland animals can be viewed in natural exhibits. Student field trips include a tram and/or walking tour of the park. Activity worksheets and Fast Fact Pages are available.
The Outback Kangaroo Farm
10030 State Route 530 NE
Arlington, WA 98223
The Outback Kangaroo Farm offers a day of fun with kangaroo and exotic animal tours. We have a diverse group of animals at our farm including kangaroos, wallabies, tortoises, emus, llamas, pygmy goats and more. Our unique, 40-minute tours are both educational and recreational. Whether you are 8 or 80, you will find something to pique your curiosity in our menagerie of furry and feathered residents.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has 367 species and more than 9,000 individual specimens from sea stars to elephants. They offer a variety of educational programs both in and out of the classroom including guided field trips, the Zoo to You Outreach Program, teacher workshops, career discovery programs and more. Please note: PDZA is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, November through February.
Reptile Man and Reptile Zoo
22715 State Route 2
Monroe, WA 98272
Reptile Zoo: 360-805-5300
To book the Reptile Man: 425-750-6660
The Reptile Zoo in Monroe is one of the most comprehensive collections of reptiles on the West Coast, from black mambas to large anacondas, turtles to iguanas, and the only albino alligator in the Northwest. Scott Petersen, “The Reptile Man,” can be scheduled for a classroom visit or school assembly.
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
The Seattle Aquarium is a wealth of undersea information for educators, kids, parents and visitors. Through specialized teacher programs, field trip opportunities, events and other marine resources, everyone can learn to share the knowledge and encourage the protection of the Sound that surrounds us all.
Wolf Camp and the Conservation College
1026 14th St. SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Wolf College offers a world of nature and survival using real-life stories, lectures, games and hands-on practice to impart skills and knowledge that last a lifetime. Whether in the classroom or on location, visits are highly customized. Favorite themes include Animal Tracking, Aboriginal Craftmaking, Lostproofing & Orienteering, Wild Edible Plants, Naturalist Art & Journaling, Local Geology & Astronomy and much more.
Wolf Haven International
3111 Offut Lake Road SE
Tenino, WA 98589
360-264-4695 ext. 223, email@example.com
Wolf Haven International accomplishes its mission to "conserve and protect wolves and their habitat" by rescuing and providing sanctuary for displaced, captive-born wolves, promoting wolf restoration in historic ranges and educating the public about the value of all wildlife. Wolf Haven offers a variety of presentations focused on conservation-related themes. Each program is age-appropriate and is presented either in Wolf Haven’s education room or at your venue. Popular programs include Den Digs, Vanishing Creatures, Wolves of Washington, and more.
Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-548-2424 ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodland Park Zoo exhibits nearly 1,100 animals representing almost 300 different animal species. Science education is core to their vision of creating the next generation of conservation stewards. Their programs for educators and students include field trips, outreach programs, educator programs, teacher resources and school and community partnerships. Find out about Educator Appreciation Day the first Saturday of June!