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For Teachers

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is a treasured resource for teachers and students in our region. During the school year, many school groups schedule museum visits to explore our exhibits and participate in special hands-on programs such as Youth on the Columbia and Beauty of Bronze. Teachers also use our Museum-to-You boxes and borrow from our extensive library of science, environmental, historical and cultural films to enhance classroom instruction.

We offer many educational programs throughout the year designed for kids and families. Notable is our Super Summer Adventures program of weekly enrichment classes for students entering 1st through 7th grades. These include art, science, cooking, music, robotics, theater and much more!

For more information and to schedule school visits to the museum, contact the education department at (509) 888-6243.

Educational Programs

Kindergarten and First Grade
Pioneer Life

  • This program is designed to lead your group back in time to the late 1800’s – 1920 through a variety of activities that will give you an opportunity to see what it was like to live in Wenatchee before there were cars and electricity. Come and see how the Pioneers washed their clothes, sorted apples, and traveled to Seattle. Join us in a fun-filled day of making butter, playing pioneer games, and learning about the model train.

Second Grade
Ice Age Adventures

  • This program is designed to lead your group back in time to the last great Ice Age through a variety of activities including a fossil dig, Clovis exhibit tour, atlatl demonstrations, rock collecting and much more.

Third Grade
Youth on the Columbia

  • This program is designed to educate students with a focus on Native Americans through a variety of hands-on activities including paddling a voyageur canoe, listening to Native American stories and making a take-home craft. The paddling experience will take place at Confluence State Park. Safety equipment including life jackets will be provided.

Fourth Grade
Youth on the Columbia

  • This program is designed to educate students with a focus on explorers and the fur trade through a variety of hands-on activities including paddling a voyageur canoe, playing a fur trading game and learning about the impact of the fur trade and European contact on the trade and traditions of indigenous Columbia Plateau peoples. The paddling experience will take place at Confluence State Park. Safety equipment including life jackets will be provided.

 Fifth Grade
Youth on the Columbia

  • This program is designed to educate students with a focus on Science through a variety of hands-on activities including paddling a voyageur canoe, building a water filter, water analysis and a nature walk. The paddling experience will take place at Confluence State Park. Safety equipment including life jackets will be provided.

Educational Media

Teachers are welcome to inquire about borrowing from our extensive library of science, environmental, historical and cultural films. Contact the education department at (509) 888-6243 for a list of films and information on borrowing them.

Museum to you Boxes

These self-contained educational kits contain objects and activity guides for hands-on learning, designed to supplement classroom curricula or provide a club activity. Each Museum to You box contains an Educator’s Guide. The Museum offers 10 boxes on natural history and 5 boxes on cultural history. Teachers may reserve these boxes for up to three weeks by calling (509) 888-6240. Two weeks’ notice is suggested, as reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $15.00 per week.