• Arriving at the Seattle Science Center

  • Guided lesson at the Seattle Art Museum

  • Art class at the Seattle Art Museum

  • Instructor from the Pacific Science Center at Cascadia

  • Field trip to the Mercer Slough in Bellevue

  • Kindergarten: visitng the Redmond Public Library

  • Grades 1 and 2: at the Pacific Science Center's Children's Museum

  • Grade 2: at the Bellevue Public Library

Utilizing valuable resources in our community enhances learning and the students’ confidence in interacting with the world outside of their classrooms.

Cascadia utilizes many community venues to help bring educational topics to life for our students. These experiences are arranged for students in each grade level to enhance understandings of studies in science, social studies, arts, and other subjects. Organizations and instructors are also invited to come into our classrooms for presentations and discussions where their material fits into the subjects being taught. Examples of community venues that we utilize include the following:

Pacific Science Center:

Butterfly House: life cycles and invertebrates.

Planetarium: planets and the solar system.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center:

Wetlands and Habitat Study Resources: insect and wetlands study, use of a microscope.

Wetlands and Habitat Study Resources: higher level work on wetland study and the role of wetlands in the environment.

Woodland Park Zoo:

Selected areas of the zoo: what animals live on which continents, study of animals with backbones.

Tropical Rain Forest and Temperate Forest Areas: in-depth study and comparisons of two geographic areas.

All of the areas of the zoo: biomes of the world.

Zoo staff visits to Cascadia: birds as vertebrates and birds of  prey; actual, living birds of prey (hawks and an owl) are brought into the classroom.

Seattle Art Museum:

Stories in Art Program: art appreciation; understanding and interpreting paintings.

Northwest Coast Indian Program: history and culture; observations and discussions of Indian artifacts (bowls, hats, blankets) and their relationships to resources available, head dresses, totems, dances, stories, legends.

Museum of Flight (Seattle):

“Flight Engineers” Program: age-level hands-on work to understand parts of the plane, assemble and test gliders.

“Flight Captains” Program: similar to above with more understanding of the functions of parts of the plane.

“Flight Designers” Program: science and application of science; exploring the four forces of flight, the properties of air and different wing designs.

Seattle Aquarium Programs:

Alki Beach Tour; marine invertebrates and their habitats.

Seattle Children’s Theater:

Live Theater, level 1: performing arts; age-appropriate performances such as “Go Dog Go” (and learning about appropriate audience behavior).

Live Theater, level 2: performing arts; age-appropriate performances such as “Pinocchio” (and understanding and appreciating the production process).

Live Theater, level 3:  performing arts; age-appropriate performances such as “The Boy at the Edge of Everything” (obtaining ideas to help our students perform their own play at our school).

Washington State History Museum (Tacoma):

Great Hall of History: early Washington State history, people’s lives and their relationships to resources.

Cascade Recycling Center, Woodinville:

Group school tour: application of science, and ecology; people’s lives and their relationships to resources.

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend today’s field trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. From my perspective, the children listened well, followed directions of the guides, they asked thoughtful questions, and overall they were a delight to accompany. I noticed at the end of the trip that the guide mentioned that our group was one of the best they’ve had!”