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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13701 NE 171st St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
21 Acres is a nonprofit school and green-built center that offers experiential youth garden and farm field trips. Preschool and elementary school visits focus on gardening and farming, food systems, sustainability and green living, and nutrition and cooking. Middle and high school groups delve deeper into science-based explorations with an environmental focus.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Field trips available in Tulalip, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Tukwila, Auburn and Puyallup
Learn the history of pretzels and how Auntie Anne’s came to be, learn to roll your own pretzel and enjoy a fresh pretzel and lemonade. Scouts can earn merit badge credits! Contact your nearest location to make arrangements.
Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Workshop
801 Blanchard St.
Seattle, WA 98121
The Pure Food Kids Workshop inspires and empowers children to make smart, healthy eating choices by teaching them about food marketing, common food additives and how to read a food label. These free workshops, geared to 4th and 5th graders, are taught by trained instructors with a desire to help kids form good eating habits.
255 NE Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Boehm’s has been making gourmet European chocolates since 1942. Guided tours take groups through the candy factory where they receive samples of the confections and see how Boehm’s candies are made. Students may also visit the authentic Swiss Chalet and Alpine Chapel to learn about the history of the founder, Julius Boehm.
28901 NE Carnation Farm Road
Carnation, WA 98014
The Farm-Based Education program at Carnation Farms aims to increase youth access, especially for those at-risk, to outdoor spaces by developing engaging outdoor programming. Programs at the Farm cultivate a connection with the food system and environment leading to healthy choices, and foster youth development by building multiple skills for leading healthier lives. Hands-on field trips take place in the five-acre certified organic garden at Carnation Farms where flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and berries grow and students can observe vegetable and layer hen egg production in our garden plots.
Farrel-McWhirter Farm School
19545 NE Redmond Road
Redmond, WA 98053
The Farrel-McWhirter Farm School offers the citizens of Redmond and the Seattle area the opportunity to connect with nature and rediscover our common “roots.” Using beautiful Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park as our classroom, the Farm School offers agricultural education for ages 2 to 13. Topics include “All About Bunnies & Chicks,” “Explore Digging and Planting,” “Salmon, Sloughs and Snails” and more. Classes are conveniently arranged by age to ensure a fun but educational experience for all students.
Jubilee Biodynamic Farm
229 W Snoqualmie River Road NE
Carnation, WA 98014
Jubilee offers September Harvest, October Pumpkin (pumpkin tours fill up fast) and Spring Tours customized to cover any farm-related activities you wish. The spring tours focus on planting, working the soil and working with animals. The fall tours are more specific to the harvest with time in the field for every student to harvest his or her own carrots, beets or beans. Tours are just over an hour long and include a ride on a hay wagon.
Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Place SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
Quiet and secluded, Kelsey Creek Farm retains the feel of country life while centrally located in downtown Bellevue, Washington. Home to ponies, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits and waterfowl, the farm dates from the 1930's, complete with white-rail fencing, beautiful lawns and play fields. To interact with the animals and learn the farm's history, schedule a tour with Farmer Jayne for a hands-on and interactive visit, available weekdays at 10 a.m.
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm
9402 Rich Road SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Lattin’s is a prime example of the small, family-owned farm in America. Lattin’s is available for a wide variety of tours and educational field trips for schools. In the fall, the Apple Festival features tractor-drawn wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, bluegrass music and wonderful food and drinks. The farm is open all year round.
Oxbow Organic Farm and Education Center
10819 Carnation-Duvall Road NE
Carnation, WA 98014
Oxbow is a 25-acre organic farm in the Snoqualmie Valley. Fall and Spring Farm Adventures for students in preschool through 5th grade open kids’ eyes to soil, insects, growing food and farm flavors. Middle and high school students can take Organic Farming 101 and learn about soil, organic farming techniques, the importance of native animals on a farm and more. Oxbow also offers in-class programs January through March, with lessons about seeds, worms and composts.
Pike Place Market Education Program
Since it was created in 1992, the Pike Place Market Education Program has taught more than 25,000 Seattle elementary school students about the original farmers market, its unique history and wide array of businesses. Seattle-area 2nd through 5th grade teachers may sign up to formally participate in the school program which involves a presentation in the classroom, use of a resource kit, and, three weeks later, a structured tour lead by volunteer School Program Leaders.
32610 NE 32nd St.
Carnation, WA 98014
Remlinger Farms offers a unique variety of fun and educational farm tours for groups of all sizes in spring and fall. Self-Guided Tours allow your group to move through the tour stations at your own pace. A tour guide will be at each station to present educational programming at set times throughout the tour day. During Guided Tours, we will see that your group has a fun day while still moving through the tour efficiently to make the best use of your time. We also offer special needs tours, toddler tours, an Educational Corn Maze Tour and more.
1180 Andover Park W
Seattle, WA 98188
On a Seattle Chocolates tour, taste a variety of chocolate delicacies; explore the chocolate-making machines and chocolate waterfall along a raised walkway; and discover how chocolate is grown, its history, and how we come up with new flavor combinations (and share your ideas). Children ages 6 or older are welcome. Please note, the tour involves stairs and a fair amount of walking.
Solid Ground’s Giving Gardens
Marra Farm: 9026 4th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
Solid Ground hosts farm tours and student field trips at Marra Farm in South Park. Groups can visit once or come multiple times during the growing season. Field trip offerings include Garden Exploration and Service Learning. High school students can participate in farm tours, service learning opportunities and work parties.
Theo Chocolate Factory
3400 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
As the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the U.S., Theo Chocolate offers one-hour tours of its factory for students ages 6 and older as well as special preschool tours for kids ages 4 to 7. Standard tours begin with an interactive talk covering the history, farming, ecology and politics of chocolate, including the social and environmental issues relating to cacao and cacao farmers. Then students tour the factory to learn how cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate. Best of all, tours include samples throughout!
Washington State Fair
110 9th Ave. SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
As fewer families live on farms, children need opportunities to learn where their food and fiber originates. Fairtime Educational Tours offer observation and hands-on experience with farm animals and agriculture. The Traveling Farm visits schools for an entire day to provide an educational experience about agriculture and healthy food choices for grades 1 to 3.