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Washington Park Arboretum
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School Fieldtrips 


All of our school fieldtrips are designed in accordance with Washington State Learning Standards and led by our experienced team of Garden Guides. We aim to foster meaningful learning experiences for a wide range of students by providing inquiry-based, hands-on programs that focus on a variety of topics. Click one of the program areas below to see a list of our current offerings. Guided Field tripos are available during the school year (September-June).

 

ATTENTION:  Scouts, Camp Fire kids and Clubs!

We offer after school and weekend programming for your group or troop.  All of our walks include hands-on learning, fun games and activities.  Our walks are 2 hours long, cost $8 per student (Adults are FREE!) and require a minimum of 10 and a max of 25. Call or email today to find out more - 206-685-8033 or uwbgeduc@uw.edu

 Pre-K & Kindergarten

story circle with childrenBring your little seedlings and join us in our amazing outdoor classroom at the Washington Park Arboretum. Designed for children ages 3-5, science learning becomes fun through stories, games and hands-on activities. Choose from the following programs:

clip artTrees and Seasons

Young students will use their senses to explore the life-cycle of trees and plants as they change from season to season throughout the year. During this hour long adventure, your budding scientists will learn the basic needs of trees, the basic parts and what they are used for, and how they help the tree survive through different seasons.

duck in a pond clip artWetland Wildlife

During this hour long exploration of Duck Bay and Foster Island, your little tadpoles will use their senses to learn all about wetlands: the plants and animals that live there, and the valuable role that wetlands play in the broader ecosystem. Through story-telling and craft-making, your students will soak it all up like little sponges.    

healthy forest

Forests Are a Healthy Home

How are forests like our homes?  What lives in a forest?  Why do forests have layers?  Pre-kindergarten students will spend an hour hiking among our woodlands using all of their senses to explore, play and discover the answers to these important forest questions.

Registration Details: 
When:  Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many:  8 – 30 students
How much:  $6.50 per student

 Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

1st 3rd Grade

3 boys watchingTake advantage of our 230 acre outdoor classroom at the Washington Park Arboretum, and allow our team of professionally trained Garden Guides to engage your students in fun, hands-on learning opportunities during one of our 90 minute programs. All of our programs are aligned with Washington State Learning Standards and aim to provide meaningful learning experiences to a wide range of learning styles. Choose according to grade level from the programs below.  

clip artPlants 101

During this introduction into the plant world, your young scientists will hone their skills of observation to categorize & sort, gather data, and compare & contrast different plant parts. The learning continues back in the classroom with a take-home seed planting experiment.

Plants 101 Relevant Washington State Standards

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

clip artWetlands 101

This program takes place in our Foster Island wetland area. During this introduction into the wonderful world of wetlands, students will get to know the plants & animals that live in wetlands and in the process learn about the many services provided by these valuable ecosystems.

Wetlands 101 Relevant Washington State Standards

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

clip artForests 101

Set in the wooded areas of the Arboretum, this program introduces students to the different parts of a forest ecosystem. Concepts of inter-dependence and change are taught through games and hands-on activities.

Forests 101 Relevant Washington State Standards coming soon

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

3rd 6th Grade

clip artPlants 201

boy making a sparkThis program builds upon the topics covered in plants 101 and digs a little deeper into the parts of a plant and their specific functions. The interconnected nature of life is explored through observation and data collection and the learning continues with a take-home experiment.    

Plants 201 Relevant Washington State Standards

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

clip artWetlands 201

This program takes place in and around Foster Island, a wetland area rich in biodiversity and highly accessible. Students will learn how wetlands fit into the broader concept of a watershed and come to understand why its in our best interest to preserve these often under-appreciated ecosystems.   

Wetlands 201 Relevant Washington State Standards

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

clip artForests 201

The Arboretum is an ideal place to teach students about one of the aspects that makes the Pacific Northwest unique - our forests. During this program, students will have a chance to see succession in action and learn how a healthy forest ecosystem maintains a natural balance.

Forests 201 Relevant Washington State Standards coming soon

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

clip artNative Plants and People

Humans everywhere depend on the land for their survival, and human cultures are shaped by the ecosystem in which they live. This program teaches students about our Northwest native plants from the perspective our Northwest native peoples.

Native Plants and People Relevant Washington State Standards

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10 - 75 students
How much: $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033


6th 10th Grade

Highschool kids at WPA photoIn the tradition of our Seedlings and Saplings School Fieldtrips, Washington Park Arboretum is introducing a new line of educational programming specifically geared toward older students. Take advantage of our 230 acre outdoor classroom and allow our team of professionally trained Garden Guides to engage your students in fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Programs are aligned with Washington State Learning Standards and aim to provide meaningful learning experiences to a wide range of learning styles.

compus clip artRace Around the Rim

This fun-filled adventure in Social Studies takes your students on a journey around the Pacific Rim in our Pacific Connection Garden. Students will work together in small teams to try and complete a variety of tasks designed to challenge a wide array of learning styles. [This unique program is designed for a max. of 25 students and lasts 2 hours.]

Race Around the Rim Relevant Washington State Standard

Registration Details: 
When: Monday – Friday
What time: 10am & 12pm
How many: 10-30 students – note change in number
How much: $6.50 per student

plant time clip artSex & Survival

This program takes your students on a walk through geologic time and outlines the evolution of plants by examining key adaptations made in the areas of reproduction and morphology. From ferns to conifers to flowering hardwoods, students hone fieldwork skills of observation, data collection, and modeling to make predictions about how today’s plants will adapt to future changes in the Earth’s environment.  

Sex & Survival Relevant Washington State Standards coming soon

Registration Details:  We understand how hard it can be for this age group to take fieldtrips and can be flexible to fit your busy schedule.  Contact us and we will work something out!
When:  Monday – Friday
How many: 
8 - 32 students
How much:  $6.50 per student

Register Online. Or for more information, e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu or call 206-685-8033

Explorer Packs

Explorer Packs are backpacks supplied with field guides, scavenger hunts, magnifying lenses and activity ideas for children in grades K-6. The packs can accommodate up to 15 children and cost $20 to rent for two hours.  To reserve call 206-685-8033 or email uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu

packs clip artAvailable Packs:

Tree-tective Explorer Pack for rent at the Arboretum

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Friday, 13-Jun-2014 10:53:50 PDT