School Programs For Teachers

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic all 2020-2021 in-person school field trips to the Cedar River Watershed have been suspended until further notice. The watershed education team is actively planning to offer online program options instead and will be reaching out and providing updates to schools this fall.

Online programs and resources will vary from our standard school field trip programs. The new programs will continue to focus on drinking water, watersheds, and the water cycle. We are hopeful that we can resume offering limited in-person tours and fieldtrips once it is safe to do so and when schools allow fieldtrips again.

Our programs are developed for and offered to fourth and fifth grade students. Online options may expand to other grade levels as staffing availability and format allows.


Program Options & Registration

Our 4th and 5th grade online field trip options will blend the Seeing the Source program, where seeing and discovering our mountain fed drinking water supply is the primary learning objective, and the Land and Water program, which explores the connections between land, water, and people.

Registration opened to all schools on Wednesday, May 15, 2020 and will remain open until further notice. For more information, contact us at or (206) 733-9421.

Registration schedule for the 2020-2021 school year

  • Online registration opened May 15 and will remain open until further notice
  • The lottery is suspended until further notice
  • Fall Session: An update will be provided by mid-October
  • Winter/Spring session: To be determined

Program registration process

Each school may register a maximum of four 4th or 5th grade classes for the entire 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in signing up multiple classes from the same school, we require a designated coordinating teacher to represent your entire school. Each school's coordinating teacher will act as the contact person when registering programs and communicating details. An alternate coordinating teacher is also required. Each school's coordinating teacher must fill out an online fieldtrip application and submit their program requests after May 15. The registration system will remain open until further notice. All coordinating teachers will receive an email packet with information about how to register for one of our online program offerings.

Our team welcomes your questions, comments, and feedback. We can be reached at or (206) 733-9421.


More Information

The following programs have been suspended until further notice because the Cedar River Watershed Education Center remains closed.

A group visit option for all grade levels is called the "Watershed Exhibit Experience." This flexible option explores water's wonders through hands-on indoor exhibits and outdoor activities. For more information about this option contact us at or (206) 733-9421. Reservations for Watershed Exhibit Experience group visits are first-come, first-served and are taken year-round. Space is limited, so register online in advance.

Programs for older students

The Education Center's Watershed Exhibit Experience is a great alternative for groups of all grade levels. For eighth grade and high school classes, our adult-oriented group Watershed tour is also an option. To submit a request to visit our exhibits or for a group Watershed tour, go to our Programs & Tours section and select "Group Visits."

Field trips for home-schooled students

Our programs are available for these students as long as the group meets our minimum and maximum size and consists of all 4th & 5th grade level students. Homeschools apply using the same lottery application process as all other schools. For mixed grade levels and smaller groups we offer our Watershed Exhibit Experience visits. To submit a request, go to our Programs & Tours section and select "Group Visits."