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Take Science Learning Outside!

These local and statewide programs can help expand Science learning beyond your classroom!

William O. Douglas Trail

"The Washington State Heritage Trails project connects Eastern Washington to Western Washington through the William O. Douglas Trail, Cowlitz Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, and the Upper Nisqually Heritage Trail to create a multi-modal recreational system that recognizes the state’s cultural heritage, diverse natural landscapes, and scenic beauty.  Combined, the trails tell the story of the significant role of historic paths in our state’s cultural heritage and how these historic trails have linkages that are important to this day."

Wenas Mammoth Foundation

"The foundation offers K-12 youth, teachers, and communities the unique opportunity to become inspired with local paleontology, geology, and archaeology, cultivate curiosity, and acquire problem solving skills and a desire to learn more."

Yakima Area Arboretum

"The Yakima Area Arboretum is an urban green space and refuge on 46 acres of land cultivated as display gardens, tree collections, and natural areas.

Visit for a nature walk, a gardening class, to study, to get married, for a business meeting or workshop, for a school field trip, or just because, and you will discover why the Yakima Area Arboretum is one of the most beautiful places in central Washington, and a treasured part of its community."

Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program

"Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program (YBEEP) is an independent, regional 501(c)3 science enrichment nonprofit registered with the Washington State Charities Program (800-332-4483).  Our mission is to provide environmental education for Central Washington K-12 public, private and home-school teachers, students, and the public; and to facilitate fish and wildlife habitat preservation and restoration."

Mt Rainier Institute

"In partnership with Mount Rainier National Park, University of Washington created the Mount Rainier Institute.  Located at Pack Forest, Mount Rainier Institute is a residential environmental learning center that uses the natural and cultural resources of Mount Rainier National Park and Pack Forest to achieve its mission.

Mount Rainier Institute provides schools in our region with in-depth, multi-day programs focusing on science/STEM education.  Mount Rainier Institute also helps connect students and teachers to Mount Rainier National park, and uses the park and Pack Forest as its "classroom."  We partner with schools to provide experiences that enhance curriculum, enrich science, and build community."

Pacific Education Institute

"PEI delivers high-quality professional development and consultation services for educators in equitable, locally relevant, career connected, outdoor STEM education."

Wenatchee River Institute

"The Wenatchee River Institute believes the greatest hope for the future is to connect people, communities and the natural world. With high quality facilities, programs, and staff, students and people of all ages are engaged in learning about, and caring for, our area's often fragile environment. Each experience is created to inspire an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the natural world. The Wenatchee River Institute facilities and services are available to all, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability."

"Through EarthGen’s science-based, action-oriented programs, young people gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to become leaders for climate solutions and environmental justice."