Washington Field Trips for Homeschoolers
Known for a number of impressive attractions and natural landmarks, homeschooling families can enhance their studies with all the educational field trip ideas in Washington state. With so many unique and diverse places to visit in Washington state, your students can learn about various aspects of the Evergreen state throughout its more than 71,000 square miles.
Fun field trip ideas in Washington can allow your children to discover the history of the region, explore its geological features, or learn about native plant species. These hands-on experiences can help your children make real-world connections in a number of different subjects.
To start planning your field trips, use this printable map of Washington. You’ll also find free Time4Learning lesson tie-ins that you can download at the end of this post to help supplement your homeschool field trips. Please make sure to contact each site before you plan your visit, as COVID-19 may have impacted their hours of operations.
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Homeschool Field Trips in the Southwest Region
- Beacon Rock, Stevenson – Study the geology within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and try your hand at climbing the 848-foot Beacon Rock by way of several trails. Families can hike and take in the view from several different spots. The impressive rock, which is a basalt volcanic plug, overlooks an area carved by floods during the Ice Age.
- Ape Cave, Skamanie – Families can hike in this lava tube that was discovered in 1951 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. At 2.5 miles, it’s the longest continuous lava tube in the continental U.S. Visitors can explore the Upper and/or Lower caves to explore rock formations and an impressive Skylight. Homeschoolers should take caution and bring several flashlights and extra batteries.
- Olympic Hot Springs, Port Angeles – Homeschoolers can learn about Earth’s features at these hot springs found within Olympic National Park. Families can hike the numerous trails along the area, and stop for a picnic.
Homeschool Field Trips in the Northwest Region
- Hobbit House, Port Orchard – Located within the Brothers Greenhouses, this unique attraction allows visitors to step inside their favorite fantasy story. This cozy, miniature house features a working fireplace, a stone wall, and several pieces of furniture. Built in 2015, the Hobbit House took six months to build and is surrounded by a magnolia tree and several plant varieties.
- Mount Rainier, Ashford – The highest mountain in the state, Mount Rainier is a sight to behold. At its highest point of 14,411 feet, this active volcano last erupted about 1,000 years ago and has 26 major glaciers. Group field trips are available at Mount Rainier National Park throughout the year as well as ranger-led education programs. The park features over 250 miles of scenic hiking trails, several campgrounds and numerous visitor centers.
- Space Needle, Seattle – At over 600 feet, this Seattle landmark features an observation deck, a rotating restaurant, and a revolving glass floor. Families can reach the top in only 40 seconds by way of elevators and take in the views of downtown Seattle, numerous mountains including Mount Rainier, and more.
- Pacific Science Center, Seattle – Enhance your study of science at this non-profit center that features a planetarium, laser dome, and dozens of exhibits and experiences for students of all ages. Homeschoolers can take part in numerous educational programs such as Family Science Night, Meet a Scientist, and more.
Homeschool Field Trips in the Central Region
- Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale – Located on the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge, this museum’s exhibitions include sculptures, European and American paintings, a collection of over 400 chess sets, and more. Families should make it a point to visit the Maryhill Stonehenge, located a few miles from the museum, this structure is a concrete replica of the prehistoric monument located in England.
- Kittitas County Historical Museum, Ellensburg – Homeschoolers can learn about the local history through numerous exhibits, collections and programs. The museum’s collection includes about 15,000 pieces and include furniture, artwork, antique cars, Native American items, and more. Walking tours are available and admission is free of charge.
- Wanapum Heritage Center, Mattawa – Families can learn about the history and culture of the Wanapum tribe at this 50,000-square foot center that features a theater, interactive exhibits, dioramas, and more. Admission is free and the center is located next to the Wanapum’s ancestral village and the Priest Rapids Dam.
Homeschool Field Trips in the Eastern Region
- Palouse Falls, Lacrosse – Located within the state park of the same name, homeschoolers can spend the day learning about the area’s geology and history. Named Washington’s official state waterfall, this picturesque attraction can be viewed from three different areas, including the Fryxell Overlook which offers the most impressive viewpoint.
- Twin Sisters Rock, Touchet – Believed to have formed around 15,000 years ago due to erosion, this formation is made up of two pillars whose highest point is 500 feet. Families can hike the one-mile trail, complete with a sign explaining legend of the Twin Sisters, and then enjoy the view of the Columbia river. This destination is especially interesting for those studying mythology and/or local legends.
- Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima – Featuring a collection of over 40,000 objects, this 65,000-square foot facility allows visitors to learn about the area’s people and history. The lower level of the museum, Children’s Underground, features a number of hands-on activities specifically for children. Founded in 1951, the museum offers guided tours, summer camp, and other programs and special events.
- Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane – Founded in 1916 and known locally as the MAC, this museum’s mission it “to engage our audiences in the appreciation of art, history, and culture of the Inland Northwest and beyond…” Families can explore five exhibit galleries, an activity center, community room, and more. The museum welcomes homeschool groups and offers tours as well as day camps.
WA Field Trips Unit Study Suppl.
Is there anything more fun than learning through field trips? To make your experiences at these destinations even more meaningful, Time4Learning members will appreciate this download of free activity tie-ins.