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 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) 888-6243. Two weeks’ notice is suggested, as reservations are made on a first-come, first served basis. The fee is $15.00 per week. Descriptions of the boxes are below.
Natural History Museum-to-You Boxes
Bird Box: Soar into the wonderful world of birds with this introductory box. Includes specimens, feathers, nests, eggs and books.
Birds of Prey: Investigate the features and ecology of Washington’s eagles, hawks and owls. Includes specimens, video, owl pellet dissection and activities.
Butterfly: Investigate beautiful butterflies and their important place in our ecosystem. Includes specimens, video, activities and poster.
Elk: Examine the biology of elk and their surrounding environment. Includes specimens, activities, video and posters.
Fin Bin and Wild Salmon: Explore the life cycle of salmon. Includes specimens, activities and videos. In September, reservation is limited to one week.
Plant Discovery: Explore the rich plant life of Eastern Washington. Includes curriculum, posters, books, models, videos.
Plants for People: Take a tour of the natural “grocery store” found in plants growing on the Columbia Plateau. Includes DVD presentation, Powerpoint, plant samples, poster and activities.
Water and Bug: Examine life above and below the water line. Includes curriculum, posters, videos and water-quality test kits.
Wildfire: Learn about wildfire behavior and the role of wildfire in the Eastern Cascades ecosystem. Includes artifacts, CDs, books and activities.
Wolf Box: Use skulls, hides, tracks and scat to examine the magnificent, and often maligned, wolf. Includes specimens, videos, cassettes and reference books.
Cultural History Museum-to-You Boxes
Clovis Culture: Use archaeological data from the internationally recognized East Wenatchee Clovis Site to learn about people who lived on the Columbia Plateau 11,000 years ago. Includes artifact replicas, bones, a slide show and maps.
Trading Post: This lively reader’s theater play introduces the fur traders, Native Americans, Chinese miners and settlers who came through Wenatchee’s Miller-Freer Trading Post in the 1880s. Includes script, costumes and artifacts.
Wenatchi Culture: Learn about the resilient, resourceful culture of the Wenatchi Indian people and their yearly cycle of life. Includes script, overheads, artifacts and activities.
Visit with Mrs. Johnson: Investigate Central Washington dry-land farming and water use around 1905. Includes script, costumes, artifacts and activities.
Visit with Mrs. Tibbets: Discover the impact of water on turn-of-the-century life along our local rivers. Includes script, costumes, artifacts and video.
To discuss a customized docent tour or educational program, contact the museum at (509) 888-6243 or by email (email@example.com).