Seattle's Child

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Enrichment for Classrooms & Homeschoolers: Science, Nature & Environment

Adopt-a-Stream Foundation, Northwest Stream Center
McCollum Park 600 128th St. SE, Everett
The mission of the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation is to teach people to be stewards of their watersheds.
Field Trips
Youth programs for grades K to 9 are available on a variety of topics including the salmon lifecycle, wetlands ecology, wetland animals and native plants. Visit the Web site for specific courses and events. Programs can be modified to fit the needs of students. Not all courses and events are available as field trips. Please call or email to inquire about programs for your class or homeschool group (minimum group size is 20).
Teacher Education
The Environmental Educators Institute Program, As If Earth Matters with Thom Henley, offers educators a rare opportunity to discover new ways to bring environmental concepts and lessons into the classroom. Henley is considered by many to be one of the best in the world at training adults how to teach youth to appreciate nature and different cultures. Tip: This workshop is geared to environmental educators, K-12 teachers, park rangers, zoo and nature camp counselors and homeschool teachers. Participants can earn 16 clock hours from the Washington Science Teachers Association or two credits from WWU.

Argosy Cruises
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Suite 201, Seattle
Field Trips
The one-hour harbor tour is the most popular tour for schools. A harbor tour can be combined with a visit to the Seattle Aquarium or the waterfront area to create a day of learning about the Puget Sound.

Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main St., Seattle
Highlights include the Northwest Perennial Alliance Border, Waterwise Garden, Yao Garden, Alpine Rock Garden and summer displays of dahlias and fuchsias. Throughout the year natural and man-made vistas of color and greenery change, delighting the eye regardless of the season or weather.
Field Trips
Free guided tours are available by request from April through Ocotober. Tours are available for children in grades 1 to 6. No preschool tours are available.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
University of Washington, P.O. Box 353010,
17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle
General info 206-543-5590 or education staff 206-543-5591,
Upcoming exhibits include Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Indigenous Voices Reply and Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway.
Field Trips
The Burke Museum welcomes group visits by children and adults of all ages. Tours for students in grade Preschool to 12 are designed to meet state EALRs. Tour options include hands-on discovery tours, guided tours and self-guided tours. Topics include dinosaurs, native peoples of the northwest coast, biodiversity, rocks and minerals, fossils, archaeology and Pacific Rim cultures. Reservations are required. Registration can be completed on the Web site and helpful tour, chaperone and parking information sheets can be printed. There is free parking for school buses in designated areas near the museum.
In the Classroom
Burkemobile features three lessons for upper elementary and middle school classes: Fossil Forensics, What if…Ecosystem, and Living Traditions: Native Peoples of Washington State. Lessons feature hands-on museum specimens and artifacts as well as museum educators to help students discover the cultures, ecosystems, and fossil history that make Washington State unique.
Teacher Education
Educator workshops are held several times per year on topics which have included Mammals of Washington, Dia de Muertos, Plants of Washington, Coast Salish Art and Culture, Fossils, and Rocks and Minerals. Sign up on the Web site to receive email notification of upcoming workshops and open houses.

Camp Long
5200 35th Ave. SW, Seattle
Camp Long offers nature study right in the city. The 68-acre park in West Seattle is one of Seattle's best kept secrets with hiking trails and rock climbing.
Field Trips
Naturalists lead environmental education classes for schools and homeschool groups. Program topics include spiders, insects, low tide, wetlands, stewardship and birds.

Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center
950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle
Carkeek Park offers nature study right in the city. The 220-acre park contains lush forest, meadows, wetlands and saltwater beach.
Field Trips
Naturalists lead environmental education classes for schools and homeschool groups. Program topics include spiders, insects, low tide, wetlands, stewardship and birds.

Cedar River Watershed Education Center
19901 Cedar Falls Rd. SE, North Bend
206-733-9421, 425-831-6780
school program reservations 206-233-1515
The Cedar River Watershed Education Center houses interactive exhibits about the water cycle, water quality and ways to conserve water.
Field Trips
All school programs are free. Sign-ups for the Watershed and Learning Lab programs are first-called, first-served and are taken at 8 a.m. on the first Monday of January for spring field trips and the first Monday of May for fall field trips. These programs are for grades 4 to 5 and are 3.5 hours in length. Reservations for the "Water is Magic" exhibits are taken year-round. "Water is Magic" exhibits are for all ages and last one hour. Participants will travel through the water cycle, listen to the stories of past and present, and investigate their drinking water and the importance of protecting its mountain watershed source. Tip: Bus subsidies are available for Seattle schools.

Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St., Seattle
The Center for Wooden Boats strives to preserve Seattle's small-craft heritage through education and hands-on experiences.
Field Trips
Several field trips for schools and homeschool groups are available centered on Northwest culture and history. In one of the programs, students sail in a restored gillnetter, experience setting real fishing nets, and find out what it is like to load and unload fish. After the boat trip, each student designs a label for a salmon can as they discuss the history, environmental issues and hardships involved in salmon fishing in the Northwest. Other field trips offer opportunities to paddle in a traditional skin-on-frame canoe or to carve a cedar dugout canoe. Most programs are for students age 5 and above, but Tug Boat Story Time provides an engaging environment for younger children to enjoy maritime literature. This is an opportunity to listen to stories and sing songs onboard the historic tugboat Arthur Foss, the oldest tug boat in Seattle.
Teacher Education
Workshops and open houses for educators are offered with clock hours available. Contact Emma at for the next event.

Cougar Mountain Zoo
19525 SE 54th St., Issaquah
The ten worlds of Cougar Mountain Zoo include the World of the Cougars, Reindeer, Cranes, Macaws, Ratites, Lemurs, Camelids, Wallabies, Tigers and coming soon, the Cheetahs.
Field Trips
Guided tours for school groups are available for a fee. The Living Classroom program offers a combination of activities has a separate fee. Indoor lectures are another option and work as a great substitute in case of bad weather.
In the Classroom
Schools can schedule a speaker with an educational wildlife or environmental presentation customized to the curriculum or event. A hands-on animal display and teacher information packet are included. Videos, slides and sound effects are available, and to make it more exciting, a live animal can be part of the visit.
Teacher Education
Professional workshops for teachers and administration staff are designed to show how to use the zoo as an educational and activity resource. Workshops are held on Saturdays at 9 and 11 a.m. A minimum of 12 participants is required and attendance is limited to active classroom teachers, counselors and administrative staff. The Living Classroom Program and Zoo Information packet is included.

Discovery Park
3801 W Government Way, Seattle
Discovery Park offers nature study just five miles from downtown Seattle. The 550-acre park is the largest park in Seattle, and contains several distinct habitats including ponds, meadows, forests, and saltwater beaches.
Field Trips
Naturalists lead environmental education classes for schools and homeschool groups. Program topics include spiders, insects, low tide, wetlands, stewardship and birds.

FISH (Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery)
125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah
The mission of FISH is to advocate retaining and improving the historic Issaquah salmon hatchery and to promote watershed stewardship through education.
Field Trips
FISH offers tours of the hatchery for free (although donations are gladly accepted) for groups of 10 or more throughout the fall when the salmon arrive in Issaquah to spawn. Tour times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. FISH offers tours for smaller groups in the later afternoon (2:30 to 4 p.m.) once a week. Tours must be scheduled ahead of time. Check the calendar for available tour times at beginning in August. Pre-visit materials and detailed tips for your visit can be found in the "Teacher Aids" section of their Web site. The Web site also has information on programs for preschools and youth organizations.
In the Classroom
FISH offers free in-class presentations to King County schools and homeschool groups in conjunction with the students' visit to the hatchery in the fall, or anytime in the spring or winter. A fee is charged for schools beyond King County. The program is designed for elementary-age students and can be conducted for up to 120 students at a time. FISH can also modify the program for middle school and high school students. The presentation consists of a slide show discussing the different species of Pacific salmon, their lifecycle, habitat requirements, predators, challenges and hatchery operations.
Teacher Education
FISH has free lending resources for teachers and community members, as well as curriculum that can be downloaded from their Web site. Lending resources include the salmon trunk, storm drain stenciling kits and eco-friendly car wash kit.

Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour
8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo
425-438-8100 or 800-464-1476,
Boeing Everett factory tours are conducted to showcase The Boeing Company and the 747, 767, 777 and soon 787. As part of the tour, visitors walk through part of the largest building in the world by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet). On the Boeing flight line, visitors see airplanes in various stages of assembly.
Field Trips
The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour is an appropriate field trip for grades 6 to 12 in groups of 10 or more. Schedule at least four weeks ahead of time. Options include a Gallery Only tour or a Boeing Tour and Gallery. At the Future of Flight Aviation Center
Gallery, students design their own airplanes and take home a print-out of their design. Information kiosks help students understand the influence that air travel will have on our lives throughout the 21st century. They can also fly the XJ5 Flight Simulator (for an additional fee) and sit in a real cockpit. Plan at least one hour for the gallery. Groups can add an hour-long tour of the Boeing commercial jet assembly plant. Tip: Download the School Group Information Sheet from their Web site.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 NW 54th St., Seattle
Watch the ships pass through the locks, learn about the historical importance of the local shipping industry, and when in season, view migrating salmon in the fish ladder. There is also a botanical garden on the grounds.
Field Trips
Free guided tours are provided all year long, although availability in December, January, and February is limited. Tours are tailored to the age group of the class and to the area of study requested. A minimum of two weeks notice is suggested, and please have back up dates in mind.

4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island
IslandWood is located on 255 acres on Bainbridge Island. The campus has floating classrooms, tree houses, a suspension bridge, and six distinct ecosystems: a forest, cattail marsh, bog, stream, four-acre pond and access to a marine estuary. The goal is to immerse kids in the great outdoors for five days to create lifelong environmental stewards. IslandWood has always prioritized serving area schools with the fewest resources. Many of the 3,000 kids that visit annually come from low-income homes.
Field Trips
During the school year, IslandWood's primary focus is to provide a School Overnight Program for students in grades 4 to 6. Students participate in experiential and project-based fieldwork that appeals to many different learning styles and interests. Using the cultural and natural environment as a context, our programs integrate scientific inquiry, technology and the arts. Students spend a majority of their time participating in outdoor field study projects.

Japanese Garden of Seattle
1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E, Seattle
This is a 3-1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned, Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.
Field Trips
Contact the ticket booth for details on school group tours.

King County Solid Waste Division
King Street Center 201 S Jackson St., Seattle
Field Trips
Visit a transfer station or the regional landfill to see where municipal garbage is disposed, or visit a private recycling facility to see where our recyclables end up. Call 206-296-4490 for landfill and transfer station tour information. See the Web site for the contact information of private recycling facilities.
In the Classroom
Schools can request assembly programs or classroom workshops for elementary students. Secondary teachers can request classroom workshops. All grades can request assistance with a Green Team project, including mini-grants. See the Web site for details.
Teacher Education
Teachers of grades 4 to 12 can attend training workshops and learn how to incorporate lessons on household hazardous waste into school subjects. Follow up assistance is available in the form of classroom presentations, project assistance and mini-grants. Tip: King County Solid Waste Division only serves schools within King County.

King County Wastewater Treatment Division
The Wastewater Treatment Division's education programs provide information on treatment plants, clean water processes and technology, resource recovery, pollution prevention for homes and businesses, and Puget Sound health. Field trips and speakers should be requested online, well in advance of your desired dates.
Field Trips
Learn where it all goes when you brush and flush. School tours for King County schools, grades 4 to 12, are available in Renton, Seattle, Carnation and Vashon Island. Ask about the "Wheels to Water" Metro Bus transportation assistance program.
In the Classroom
Invite a member of the speakers bureau into your classroom. Sample topics include wastewater treatment basics, alternative energy from wastewater, marine science and water quality, recycling and reclamation, and careers.

Kubota Garden
9817 55th Ave. S, Seattle
A stunning 20 acres of hills and valleys, the Kubota Garden features streams, waterfalls, ponds, rock outcroppings and an exceptionally rich and mature collection of plant material. This unique urban refuge displays over 60 years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. In 1972 the Japanese government awarded Fujitaro Kubota, the original designer and gardener, with a rare honor, the Fifth Class Order of the Sacred Treasure, "for his achievements in his adopted country, for introducing and building respect for Japanese gardening in this area."
Field Trips
Free tours are available for groups of eight or more. Call the Kubota Garden Foundation voice mail, 206-725-5060, at least three weeks before you want to schedule your tour and make an appointment for a tour guide. Arrangements for handicapped access should be done at this time.

Maritime Event Center (MEC)
2005 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle
At the Maritime Event Center, students can use radar and touch screen computers to identify vessels in Elliott Bay, learn about cargo ships, try out a model container crane, sit in a kayak, explore maritime weather tracking systems, or study Northwest fish and shellfish. See the Web site for a full calendar of events and days open.
Field Trips
Learn how connections to the seas and waterways influence our everyday lives through a discovery tour. All guided and self-guided tours are free. Full program descriptions as well as resources for pre- and post-visit are available at the Maritime Education Initiative's Web site.

Math ‘n' Stuff
8926 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
In the Classroom
Have a Mathnificent Day at your school with puzzles and games. Students have a blast applying mathematical concepts during a math play day. The idea: The school buys $1,000 in puzzles and games, and we provide tips and strategies for engaging kids in a structured, rotating math play day with student mentors who teach the games. The Mathnificent Day program has been available to greater Seattle area elementary schools for 10 years and experienced Math ‘n' Stuff staff can help with game selection and with advice on logistics for your school. After your Mathnificent Day, Math ‘n' Stuff participates in an evening session open to students, parents, siblings and friends. The school's puzzles and games are out for playing while Math ‘n' Stuff provides them for sale, with 10% of the evening's sales going back to the school in the form of additional puzzles and games.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue
The new Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center provides a grand entrance to the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Completed in October 2008, the complex features classrooms, a visitor center, a community building and a "tree house," all sustainably built. The City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center offer year-round education about wetlands and nature for adults, youth and families at the center.
Field Trips
Structured programs are available for grades PreK to 8. Younger students enjoy exploring the wetland environment and using nets and other special tools to explore the watery environment. Middle school students use more advanced tools and tests to collect organisms, determine their pollution tolerance levels, and more. Program descriptions are available on the Web site.

Museum of Flight
9404 Marginal Way S, Seattle
The Museum of Flight offers an extensive program of exhibits, tours and workshops about aviation for students and teachers.
Field Trips
Students can sit in the cockpit of a real SR-71 Blackbird or F/A-18 Hornet, explore the most interesting, strange and amazing aircraft in the museum's collection, and explore aviation history, science and technology. With older students (grades 7 through college), tours are one hour in length and guided by a docent. Younger students (grades 2 to 6) are given a 15 minute introduction, after which each student receives a specially designed booklet that guides them through a chaperone-led exploration of the museum's truly remarkable collection.
In the Classroom
The museum has several outreach programs that can come to schools. Contact the education department for information.
Teacher Education
The Museum of Flight is committed to delivering rich educational experiences for all educators. Washington State clock-hours are available upon workshop completion. A calendar of workshops is available online. Advance registration is required. To register, call 206-764-1384 or follow the links online.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
100 Brown Farm Rd., Olympia
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in southern Puget Sound was established in 1974 for the protection of migratory birds. Three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands, riparian and mixed forest habitats provide resting and nesting areas for migratory waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and wading birds.
Field Trips
A registration form, available on the Web site, is required. Refuge volunteers are available upon request to give a brief (15-20 minutes) orientation program to groups with reservations. In order for the refuge staff and volunteers to adapt their orientation program to address your teaching goals, it is important that you fill in the sections on the reservation application titled "Field Trip Goals," "Pre-trip Activities" and "At-the-Refuge Activities."
Teacher Education
Several times a year, the Refuge offers Field Trip Orientation Workshops, where teachers can learn about the facilities and resources available, how to structure a field trip to the Refuge and how to prepare students with pre-trip classroom activities. Admission is free, and participants receive a free copy of the educators' guide, "Where the River Meets the Sound." Clock hours are available for this workshop.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr. E, Eatonville
360-832-6117 or 360-832-7166
Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 North American animals. 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.
Field Trips
Students learn about native animals and a tour also makes a great addition to a unit on environmental science. Grades Preschool to 6 typically take the 30-minute tram tour, then take a walking tour of the rest of the park. Older students can take the 50-minute tram tour with more time for the naturalist guide to explain how the animals live and adapt. Walking tours of animal exhibits and nature trails are also fun and educational. A stop in the discovery center allows students of all ages to have some hands-on experiences with puppets, costumes, animal pelts and the chance to see a bee hive. Tours are geared toward EALRs.
Teacher Education
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is dedicated to encouraging continued education through a variety of teacher workshops. Each workshop is open to educators and teachers of all grades, including pre-service teachers. Clock hours are available for most workshops. Topics include FOSS Workshops, Best of the Northwest and NatureMapping. For information on specific workshops, contact Dan Belting at 360-832-7162 or

Pacific Marine Research
P.O. Box 31137, Seattle
Field Trips
The Marine Science Afloat program is offered seasonally from March to October. The program is targeted for grades 4 to 12. Students do water sampling and touch marine specimens from the Goodtime II, their floating classroom.

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N, Seattle
School group registration 206-443-2925
Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology.
Field Trips
Visits include exhibits, IMAX or a combination with Laser Show and Planetarium Shows. Washington State GLE documentation and pre-visit resources for teachers can be found online. Chaperone policy is one adult to 10 students, but more adults are suggested for the best experience. Pacific Science Center and PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company are excited to provide free bus transportation for groups to Pacific Science Center again this school year. This program is open to Seattle public schools and all private schools within 30 minutes of PSC. Contact registration for details, scholarship information and to schedule field trips and free bus transportation.
In the Classroom
Throughout the past decade, Science On Wheels brought the fun of science and math to more than 1.5 million children and adults throughout Washington. With exhibit sets including Blood and Guts, Harvesting Science, and Rock and Roll, as well as action-packed shows, a portable planetarium and classroom lessons, we inspire a fascination in math, science and technology with students in grades Preschool to 8, teachers and families alike. With a fleet of 10 science vans and more than 20 teachers, we hope to see you soon. Call our Registration Department for registration information.
Teacher Education
Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) offers school districts instructional materials, professional development and support for science education. Astro Adventures Curricula, Brain Power and NOVA Origins programs offer Educational Outreach. Contact 206-443-2850 for information.

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
10441 Bayview-Edison Rd., Mount Vernon
At low tide, Padilla Bay exposes miles of mud flats formed from sediment from the Skagit River. The area is a perfect habitat for a variety of estuary plants and animals, which makes it a great place for nature study.
Field Trips
Programs are offered for grades Pre-K to 12 and last from one to five hours depending on the age of the students. Programs can include a lecture, slide shows, videos and hands-on lab and field work. Some groups include "The Estuary Soup" skit. Programs are free, but donations are accepted. Tip: Check out their teacher newsletter online.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma
Group reservations 253-591-5333
General information 253-591-5337
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium offers a variety of educational programs both in and out of the classroom. The zoo and aquarium are located within Point Defiance Park in north Tacoma. The zoo and aquarium have 367 species and over 9,000 individual specimens from sea stars to elephants.
Field Trips
Discounted field trip rates are available for schools and vary depending on the season. Downloadable field trip materials are available online and support discovery-based learning for grades K to 12, including homeschoolers. Schools and organized homeschool groups can also register for a special 30-minute Discovery Program with a zoo educator during their field trip. Topics include habitats, animals and zoological careers. Career discovery programs for youth ages 13 to 17 take place monthly and may fill job shadow requirements for school students. The programs, Keeper for a Day, Marine Biologist for a Day and Field Biologist for a Day are one to two-day long experiences.
In the Classroom
Consider inviting the zoo into your facility. Our outreach programs include a formal wildlife lesson, hands-on activities or exploration, and a visit from a small, live animal from the zoo. Groups are limited to 30 participants, however we can deliver up to four programs on one day at your site. Our travel range is limited, so call for details if you are outside of Pierce County.
Homeschooling Programs
Homeschool groups of 12 or more are eligible for the group rate if pre-registered for a field trip. Participation in career discovery programs, camps and overnight programs is encouraged.

Puget Sound Energy
Powerful Choices for the Environment is an environmental education program that is changing how Washington State's middle school students and their families think about and use natural resources in their daily lives. Environmental education professionals trained in science education and local resource use, in cooperation with over 20 local partnering agencies, deliver this hands-on, four-day program. The program is designed to empower students in grades 6 to 8 across the region with the knowledge that their everyday choices do make a difference. The curriculum is designed to meet EALRs in environmental education. A day-by-day synopsis of the curriculum is available online, as is an online request form for the program.

Reptile Man and Washington Serpentarium
2715 S.R. 2, Monroe
Scott Petersen "The Reptile Man" has a program that will create an interest in the natural sciences and teach students about the importance of all animals in the balance of nature.
Field Trips
The Washington Serpentarium is one of the most comprehensive collections of reptiles on the West Coast, from Black Mambas to large anacondas.
In the Classroom
The Reptile Man will bring his show to schools and libraries.

Rick Hartman, "Mr. Toymaker,"
P.O. Box 1157, North Bend
Rick Hartman is a professional toy inventor and former classroom teacher who brings curriculum-based toy-building workshops and assemblies to elementary and intermediate schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. Now in his fifteenth year as "Mr. Toymaker," Rick's programs have been featured at the Smithsonian Institution, Science World, B.C. and at hundreds of schools, libraries and festivals around Washington State.
In the Classroom
Students in grades K to 6 build their own fun and surprising toys that fly, buzz, balance, twirl and engage young minds while demonstrating important concepts in science, math, history and the arts. Programs integrate well with FOSS science kits, STC and other popular curriculum programs. See the "Class Workshops" section of the Web site for a list of workshop topics, including Magnetism, Solids and Liquids, Balance and Motion, and more. These are 60 to 90-minute programs for up to 125 students. For assemblies, larger-than-life toys take center stage as Rick performs one of five original assembly shows designed to captivate, motivate and entertain. Build-a-Toy workshops are also available for family or community events at your school. See Web site for program descriptions.

Science Express
13902 54th Ave. SE, Everett
425-367-4395 or 866-546-7412,
Science Express offers mobile hands-on science programs for preschool and elementary students. Programs are designed to be fun and to correlate with Washington State Science Standards (EALRs and GLEs). Science Express programs teach core science concepts, as well as the investigative process.
In the Classroom
Science Express offers 75-minute in-school programs for students in grades K to 6 (45 minutes for preschool) which are modified according to age/grade level. All programs include an introduction to the topic and several hands-on science activities. Some programs include math activities. Program titles include Machines in Motion, Simple Circuits, Fun Fossils and much more.

Scratch Patch
6410 Latona Ave. NE, Seattle
Field Trips
Scratch Patch is a play area for children where visitors sit in a large area of smooth stones which are different colors and come from around the world. The idea originated in South Africa. Students can use an identification chart to search for the name of the stone and its country of origin. Best for elementary age students.

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle
206-386-4300 or 206-386-4353
Seattle Aquarium is a fun and exciting place to view marine life and learn about the importance of protecting the Puget Sound. Window on Washington Waters and Crashing Waves are the newest exhibits.
Field Trips
The aquarium offers programs for grades Preschool to 12 designed to help teachers meet Washington State EALRs for Science. Fall and winter months have fewer school groups in classrooms and exhibits and are generally the best times to visit. Even if you are not planning to attend a formal program, reservations are required for self-guided visits. The aquarium requires one adult for every five students. Download "Tips for Teachers and Chaperones" and the "Educator's Guide" from the aquarium's Web site. New this year, schools are asked to fill out a registration request form, available online under "Education." Also new is an orientation video for teachers to view prior to visiting.
In the Classroom
Several programs can come to your school. Some include an outdoor field trip component. Outreach programs are aimed at students in grades Pre-K to 6.
Teacher Education
Contact the aquarium for the next scheduled Educators' open house.

Seattle Audubon Society
8050 35th Ave. NE, Seattle
Seattle Audubon strives to protect birds and the environment through education, bird watches, nature camps and other programs in the community.
In the Classroom
Finding Urban Nature (FUN), our elementary school program, provides hands-on activities for grades 3 to 4 in small groups, each led by a community or parent volunteer. Eight activities take place during the school year; each lesson takes about one hour. Equipped with hand lenses and other scientific tools, students learn observation and critical thinking skills while investigating their schoolyard habitat. The students learn that nature is everywhere, even in a schoolyard full of concrete.
The programs are a partnership between Seattle Audubon and Seattle Public Schools. With hundreds of trained volunteers in as many as 24 Seattle Public Schools, these programs reach hundreds of students each year at no cost to SPS classroom teachers. Programming is available to private schools for a minimal fee. All lessons address Washington State EALRs and Grade Level Expectations. Please visit the Web site for more details on programs.

Seattle Bug Safari
1501 Western Ave., Suite 304, Seattle
206-285-BUGS (2847)
Inside their live bug zoo are 40+ species of insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions and tarantulas from all over the world on display in their main display room and "fish-bowl" style lab.
Field Trips
The field trip package offers a fully guided tour that allows for a view into the fascinating world of insects and spiders with hands-on discovery, and one-on-one interaction with the Lead Safari Guide. Pre-visits for educators and guests are included with the program. Personal attention is given for each group. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. The maximum group size is 28, and the one chaperone is required for every eight students.
In the Classroom
The Seattle Bug Safari will come to schools for a Bug Safari Adventure Program. Programs are available for individual and multiple class groups, modified assemblies, as well as book and science fairs. A Safari Guide will bring an assortment of live insects (Dept. of Agriculture compliant), spiders, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions and tarantulas right to the classroom. Request an information sheet by email.
Homeschooling Programs
Contact Bug Safari by email for information specifically designed for homeschoolers.

Seattle City Light
Visit Seattle City Light's Kids Exploring Energy Web site. Students in grades 4 to 5 will become key participants in future decisions about Seattle City Light. This Web site is intended to teach students in a fun way, the basics that they'll need to know to step into that responsibility.

Seattle Tilth Children's Garden
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle
206-633-0451 ext. 2
Seattle Tilth is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.
Field Trips
For school and community groups, Earth Steward Tours provide hands-on learning at the Seattle Tilth Children's Garden. All tours begin with an introductory activity and three garden "stations." Children learn and practice important garden activities such as making compost, planting, tending and harvesting crops, collecting seeds and other seasonal activities. Volunteer naturalists lead tours for children exploring garden ecology.
In the Classroom
In-class programs on recycling, waste management and soils fulfill science requirements.
Teacher Education Learn techniques for incorporating garden curriculum In the Classroom or in school gardens. Please see the Seattle Tilth Web site for details.

Tacoma Nature Center
1919 S Tyler St., Tacoma
At the 70-acre wetland habitat in the heart of the city, you might catch sight of red fox, raccoon, blue heron or other wildlife.
Field Trips
Under your leadership or through a guided tour, a Tacoma Nature Center experience can help students develop a connection with and appreciation for the natural world.
Homeschooling Programs
Check out the homeschool science series, designed for students ages 8 to 12. Call for information.

University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Washington Park Arboretum

2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Seattle
Field Trips
Washington Park Arboretum is an outdoor classroom serving students of all ages. The arboretum has 230 acres of landscaped and natural areas, wetlands, and a collection of 10,000 trees, shrubs and other plants. More than 5,000 young people from throughout the Puget Sound region participate yearly in Seedlings Preschool, Saplings School, Summer Sleuths and Explorer Pack Programs, providing a unique learning experience for students in grades Preschool to 8. Saplings School programs introduce students in grades K to 8 to plant growth and development, wetland ecology and ethnobotany through a series of 90-minute hands-on, interactive hikes. Programs are aligned with Washington State EALRs, Science GLEs and EE Goals and Guidelines. For information or to schedule a program or self-guided explorer packs, contact the education office.

University of Washington Planetarium
Pacific NE and 15th Ave. NE, Seattle
With a new building built in 1994, the planetarium provides a detailed and accurate simulation of the night sky. It is now equipped with a permanently-mounted digital projection system (in addition to the starball), a library of digital visualizations and a new sound system.
Field Trips
Planetarium shows are given on a purely volunteer basis. We gladly serve groups in grades K to 12 that are studying astronomy. The planetarium is open to these groups on Fridays only, with presentations starting between the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the school year on a first-requested, first-served basis. Reservation request forms are available online. Shows are about 45 minutes in length, and the planetarium can seat about 40 people.

University of Washington Theodor Jacobsen Observatory
UW Campus, Gate 2, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th, Seattle
Built in 1895, the observatory, with its 110-year-old refracting telescope, is still offering views of the wonders of the Universe.
Field Trips
The programs at the observatory have become very popular, and reservations are recommended for everyone. There is usually a line-up for getting up to the dome to look through the old refractor (and find out about astronomy from Seattle Astronomical Society volunteers). Only a dozen at a time can be in the dome, but the line moves fairly quickly. The classroom can hold only 40 people.

Volunteer Park Conservatory
1402 E Galer St., Seattle
Field Trips
Docents lead tours 30 to 60 minutes long, which include information on Conservatory plant collections, architectural history, plant acquisition and production, and facility operation. Groups of students in grades K to 12 may tour at no cost. Two-week advance notice is requested.

Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center
20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood
360-652-7575 or 800-228-6724
Warm Beach Camp is ideally located for the study of marine estuaries, upland forests, and human impact on natural systems.
Field Trips
Natural Wonders Outdoor Education program offers courses on a variety of topics including estuary community, habitat restoration, shore birds, forest soils, human impact studies and more. Staff will customize courses to meet your educational goals. Groups can come for one day or multiple days, and can make arrangements for onsite meals, recreation, and even overnight accommodations. See the website for full course descriptions and other information.

Western Washington Fair Association
110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup
Field Trips
The Puyallup Fair School, a 90-minute educational program held at the fair from March through May, focuses on children up to grade 4. The focus is on Washington agriculture.
The Educational Tours are for grades K to 4. They are held weekdays during the fair, Sept. 11-27, 2009. An Educational Tour guide takes the teacher, students and chaperones through educational areas and exhibits, and also tells them about animal care and Puyallup Fair history. 4-H and FFA students and open class exhibitors in the barns provide additional information. Contact Candus Barnum at 253-841-5007 for both Fair School and Educational Tours.
In the Classroom
The Traveling Farm is being redesigned this year. Check the Web site periodically for updates.

Wolf Haven International
3111 Offut Lake Rd. SE, Tenino
360-264-4695 ext. 220,
Since 1982, Wolf Haven has rescued more than 100 captive-born wolves from roadside zoos, animal collectors, private owners, research and other facilities.
Field Trips
The only way to view our wolves in the sanctuary is to take a guided walking tour. Guided tours are approximately 45-50 minutes and cover a variety of educational information on wolves, wolf biology and ecology, and recovery programs and conservation. Information on Wolf Haven's work for wolf conservation and background information on sanctuary residents is also provided by our trained volunteer tour guides.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St., Seattle
Field Trips
ZEST (Zoo Experiences for Students and Teachers) Programs are available free of charge to schools paying zoo admission. Facilitated by zoo docents, these programs include on-grounds explorations and in some cases, a classroom component. These interactive experiences are closely tied with Washington State's Science EALRs and last between 60 and 90 minutes. School rates vary seasonally.
Thanks to funding from the King County Parks levy, from September through April, King County schools with 30% or more of their students on the free and reduced-rate lunch program can bring their students to the zoo for free, including reimbursed bus transportation costs.
For more information visit the Web site, call or email Parking instructions, chaperone information sheets, answers to frequently asked questions and zoo rules can be found on the zoo's Web site.
In the Classroom
Wild Wise is Woodland Park Zoo's award-winning, statewide outreach program. Wild Wise offers both in-class and outdoor options. Wild Wise is geared for students in grade 4 to 7. For more information see, call or
S.O.A.R. (Save Our Amazing Raptors) is an outreach program that includes bringing a live raptor to the classroom. Raptor Discovery Kits are also available. For more information visit the Web site, call or email
Teacher Education
Woodland Park Zoo's Teacher Professional Development program offers workshops throughout the year for educators from across Washington State. Workshop dates, topics and application forms are posted as they become available at Call or email Download Pre-visit sheets, registration materials and Powerpoint presentations on topics ranging from arthropods to endangered species from the Web site.
Homeschooling Programs
Homeschool students and parents are invited to Woodland Park Zoo for a day of special tours, hands-on workshops and activities. This discovery opportunity is designed to help homeschool groups investigate biomes of the world, and the plants and animals that live there. Homeschool Day activities will be scheduled at various times and locations in the zoo. For more information including dates, please visit the Web site.

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