Environmental Education

Environmental education.
Take a field trip. Inspire wonder.

Columbia Springs offers hands-on, experiential field trips designed to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade students about forest and stream ecosystems. During each field experience, students embark on an outdoor adventure that promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Imagination and curiosity are ignited through exploration of our ponds, wetlands, and forests. All program material is provided, and content is aligned with Washington’s K-6 Science Standards.


Last year nearly 4,000 students learned about forest and stream ecosystems at Columbia Springs. This year’s program offerings include:

Grades K-2: Trout Scouts and Wild World of Bugs
Grades 2-6: Soil Investigators
Grades 4-6: Stream Sleuths and Eco-explorers
Grades K-6: Guided Nature Hikes


Field trips are available weekdays from October through early June, excluding the winter months of December and January. We can accommodate a maximum of 90 students per day for field trips. Dates fill up quickly, so please plan ahead of time. We schedule programs online, over email, or the phone on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To hold your place, we must receive full payment two weeks prior to your program unless other arrangements have been made. We will email you confirmation information. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to program.


A limited number of scholarships are available to help with the cost of program fees or bus/transportation fees. You can apply for a scholarship online. You can also request more information about our scholarship program by contacting Jennifer James at schoolprograms@columbiasprings.org.


For more information on field trips or questions about environmental education programming at Columbia Springs, please contact Amanda Frankel at (360) 882-0936 ext. 226 or via email at schoolprograms@columbiasprings.org.

Columbia Springs thanks
for their support as our “Partners in Education”

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