National Park Service: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Programs
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is more than a visitor center in Pioneer Square. We’re a base of operations for work that is carried on by NPS staff and our partners to connect youth and other new audiences to public lands and our shared histories. Together, we reach and serve more than the 80,000 people who walk into our visitor center each year.
K-12 School Field Trips: School visits focus on the Klondike Gold Rush as an event that drew people from around the world to Seattle and include a film, scavenger hunt and self-guided tour. A field trip to Klondike will challenge students to answer what they’d be willing to do for a chance at finding riches!
Pre-School – High School: Become a Klondike Gold Rush Junior Ranger! Junior Ranger programs are available in the visitor center for 4-16 year olds.
All Ages Gold Panning Demonstrations: Gold panning demonstrations are available between Memorial Day and Labor Day at 11am and 3pm for all ages.
All Ages Historic Walking Tours: Take an urban hike with us to learn about the history of Seattle’s Pioneer Square! Historic walking tours are available beginning at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
A world of possibility just waiting to be discovered! Whether at our 250-acre outdoor learning center, or any of our off-site locations, IslandWood invites children and adults alike to discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves, and one another. In doing so, each person comes to understand their ability to change the world for the better.
IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship
Pre-K- Kindergarten: Half-day summer camps offer young explorers an opportunity to learn how to survive in the wild, experience what it is like to be a field scientist, explore insects and more! These camps are offered on Bainbridge Island.
1st-2nd Grade: Full-day summer camps allow curious adventurers explore what it’s like to be a scientist, go on wild safaris and learn about legends of the PNW. These camps are offered on Bainbridge Island and in Woodinville.
3rd-4th Grade: Full-day summer camps allow students to learn about field science, how to build forest forts, and wilderness survival! These camps are offered on Bainbridge Island and in Woodinville.
5th-6th Grade: Full-day summer camps teach youth how to use engineering to create a healthier planet and learn what it’s like to be a field scientist! These camps are offered on Bainbridge Island and in Woodinville.
7th-9th Grade: Full-day summer camps offer youth the tools to learn how to make positive change in their communities or discover how the first explorers mapped out wild lands in this fun summer day camp! These camps are offered on Bainbridge Island.
School Year Programs
4th – 5th Grade: IslandWood’s four-day three night School Overnight Program immerses students and teachers in a naturally diverse 250-acre outdoor campus located on Bainbridge Island (just across Puget Sound from downtown Seattle).
3rd-8th Grade: IslandWood offers three different School Day Programs in partnership with King County at the Brightwater Center. Come join us and learn more about freshwater ecosystems, humans and the water cycle and engineering landforms!
Teacher Professional development: IslandWood offers a variety of teacher professional development workshops and trainings. Classes range from introductions to our school program curriculum to workshops on effectively integrating the natural world into classroom learning.
Summer Backpacking: One and two week summer backpacking programs for middle and high school students in Olympic National Park. Participants will gain wilderness experience, build leadership skills, and conduct their very own research project while on trail.
Family programs: Connect with your family and nature while exploring the lakes, forests, rivers, beaches, and trails of Olympic National Park during a weekend family program.
Environmental Science: NatureBridge’s 3-to 5-day environmental science programs in Olympic National Park offer students in grades K-12 the opportunity to experience scientific principles firsthand and deepen their connection to the natural world through guided hands-on exploration.
Seattle YMCA Bold and Gold Program
Expedition Trips: Outdoor Leadership Programs
BOLD PROGRAMS YMCA Boys Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) is an outdoor experiential education program that develops multi-cultural leadership skills in young men through wilderness adventures. Our 5- to 22-day backpacking, rock climbing, fishing and mountaineering expeditions provide boys with opportunities to build confidence and enhance communication and decision-making skills through shared problem solving and fun. No outdoor experience or equipment necessary – just a desire to have fun and challenge yourself in spirit, mind and body!
GOLD PROGRAMS YMCA Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (GOLD) offers one of the most comprehensive outdoor programs for adolescent girls in the country “To inspire courage and leadership in girls.” Our 5- to 22day backpacking, rafting, rock climbing, yoga and art expeditions are about facing reasonable challenges, discovering talents and unleashing abilities to succeed wherever your future adventures may take you. No outdoor experience or equipment is needed, but a desire to make new friends, explore beautiful places and try new things is necessary!
Overnight Camp Programs
YMCA CAMP COLMAN offers activities such as swimming, archery, boating, arts & crafts, tackling the climbing wall, riding the giant swing and enjoying special all-camp events like campfires and carnivals for campers entering grades 1-12.*
YMCA CAMP ORKILA offers an array of programs for campers entering grades 3-12.* Located in the San Juan Islands, activities including arts & crafts, exploring the climbing tower, riding the zip line, swimming, boating, and enjoying special all-camp events like campfires, carnivals and capture the flag are part of the traditional camp experience.
*The maximum age while attending either camp is 17.
YMCA Earth Service Corps
YESC is an innovative youth-led program that empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world.
U.S. Forest Service Programs
School Visits/Field Trips: We offer trips to schools, based on availability and capacity, to teach about the importance of freshwater, fire safety, public land stewardship, and wildlife. To request a visit to your school, please message us on our Facebook page or our website.
Junior Rangers Program (JFR): JFR motivates children (ages 7-13) to explore the natural and cultural world, and embrace their responsibility to it. Visit a ranger station to take your Junior Ranger oath and receive a pin.
Crystal Mountain: Students ten years of age and under are eligible for a free lift ticket.
Every Kid in the Park Forest Trips: From eagle watching in Howard Miller Steelhead Park to snowshoeing through old growth forests in Snoqualmie Pass, the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest offers free field trips to fourth grade classes from Bellingham to Enumclaw. Our programs are congruent with Washington’s Next Generation Science Standards and bus transportation reimbursement can be arranged depending on annual budget. To request a trip, please message us on our Facebook page or our website.
Christmas Tree from the Forest: All fourth graders are eligible for a free holiday tree permit from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest beginning mid-November.
Washington Trails Association Programs
4th-12th Grade: Youth and Family Volunteer Events: These one-day work parties provide a unique opportunity for young people and their families to learn about trail maintenance and trails in their communities.
Educators: Outdoor Leadership Training and gear library – Washington Trails Association’s Outdoor Leadership Training program gets school-age youth outside by empowering teachers and youth groups with the skills and resources they need to lead safe and fun outdoor experiences.
Families Go Hiking Newsletter: This bi-monthly newsletter provides the latest information on programs (like Every Kid in a Park), where families are hiking, and tips to keep your kids engaged on your next family adventure.
Seward Park Audubon Center Programs
Nature Connection is a deep-engagement environmental science program that partners with local schools to bring every classroom in every grade outdoors to learn in the vibrant ecosystem of Seward Park. We provide hands-on inquiry-based activities that encourage children to explore, get muddy, be creative, develop their sensory awareness, and discover a personal connection to and investment in the natural world.
Tenacious Roots is a teen conservation program that teaches local high school students about the impacts climate change is having on our local ecosystems and empowers them to make a difference. Students participate in after school lessons as well as reforestation work parties on Saturdays where they learn to remove invasive species as well as plant and maintain native trees and shrubs.
Community Programs that connect people to eye-opening nature experiences and leads them to conservation actions. This includes our Urban Naturalist lecture series, family programs such as Morning Treats & Tweets, weekly toddler programs such as Toddler Tales & Trails, and an array of guided nature walks including Owl Prowls, Bat Treks, and monthly Bird Focus walks.
Stevens Pass Programs
5th Grade Pass Program:
Falling in love with the mountains through skiing and snowboarding can be life-changing, and that’s why Stevens Pass and Carter Subaru have teamed up to offer FREE season passes to Washington State’s 5th graders. We want to inspire more youth to get out on the slopes to promote family bonding, healthy recreational activities and an appreciation of our stunning landscape.
National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) was founded in 1919 as the independent, nonpartisan voice to strengthen and protect America’s favorite places: our national parks.
Service Projects: NPCA works alongside the National Park Service to bring volunteers into national parks several times each year. Many of our projects include family-friendly options, like meadow restoration or collecting beach debris. Visit npca.org/northwest for the most up-to-date list of events.
Community events: Join us around the Seattle area for regular film screenings, parties, and other educational events focused on the top issues facing national parks in the Pacific Northwest. Or, you can check out our short film about grizzly bears in the North Cascades online here.