Environmental Education & Outdoor Learning

Welcome to Seattle Parks and Recreation's Environmental Education Programs. Our staff and volunteer guides provide a variety of ways to connect with the flora and fauna of our beautiful city.  Programs and activities are held year-round and are located across Seattle in various parks, community centers, schools and other neighborhood locations.Staff and volunteers offer outdoor and experiential learning opportunities that foster awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment, and engage diverse communities in actively preserving and protecting the earth. 

School Programs

Check out this video to learn all about our Nature Fieldtrips for Schools and organized groups!

Excitement, joy, energetic exploration and a healthy learning environment!  Teachers, this is what students will experience on a field trip to Seattle parks. Derive the benefits of a lesson plan integrating Next Generation Science Standards and Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements led by highly trained Seattle Urban Nature Guides.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Education staff provide pre-school through fifth grade field trips in Seattle parks. These engaging activities are provided at parklands adjacent to YOUR school as well as at destination parks like Discovery ParkCamp LongCarkeek Park and West Seattle beaches. 

Choose from a variety of habitats, from ponds and beaches to forests and seasonal offerings  - such as an exciting spider program to encourage students to engage in learning in a natural fun-filled fashion. Download the information flyer here for more information.

Programs are offered Monday through Friday morning and afternoon year-round. K-5 programs are two hours long. PreK programs are 1.5 hours long.

For more information and to schedule your school field trip program, please call (206) 684-0877 or email PKSNatureFieldTrips@seattle.gov

adult and several pre-teens watching birds in the trees

Pricing and Scholarship Info:

  • $150 for up to 30 students, $5/student after the first 30
  • $75 for up to 30 students for low-income schools/classrooms (50% or more receive free or reduced lunch)
  • Free bus transportation available for Title 1 schools

For more information and to schedule your school field trip program, please call (206) 684-0877 or email PKSNatureFieldTrips@seattle.gov

Public Programs

Environmental Education Public Programs are offered in parks and neighborhoods across the city. Seattle Parks and Recreation is the largest landowner in Seattle and has the responsibility to connect all residents to the green spaces we manage. Public Programs showcase community-based environmental practices and support increased environmental stewardship, providing opportunities to explore outdoor environments and build healthy communities.

For more information about our Public Programs, please contact Giovannina Souers, Program Supervisor, at Giovannina.Souers@seattle.gov

Community Partnership Programs

Using the Equity and Environment Agenda as our framework, Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Naturalists work across Seattle to partner with community-based organizations connecting people with engaging and meaningful experiences in nature.  

Current Community Partnerships

  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
  • Delridge Community Center
  • Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
  • Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
  • Garfield Community Center
  • Green Seattle Partnership
  • High Point SHA
  • Hunger Intervention Program
  • International District Chinatown Community Center
  • Lake City Collective
  • Lake City Teen Program
  • Lake City Youth Leaders
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • New Holly SHA
  • Seattle Public Libraries - Lake City Branch
  • Seattle Public Libraries- South Park Library
  • South Lake High School
  • Yesler Community Center Yesler
  • E. African Women Elders

Virtual and YouTube recorded programs

Watch our many fun videos to learn from Seattle Parks and Recreation naturalists, or visit our list of other virtual resources!