K-12 Education


PreK-12 Education

The Estuarium offers extensive education programming in a variety of estuary and marine topics for PreK through grade 12. Our programs offer students unique hands-on activities and are linked to the STEM standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Ocean Literacy Frameworks.

To request a field trip, complete the Field Trip Request Form by clicking HERE and return to Education@SSEAcenter.org. To ensure quality programs, scheduling must be completed three or more weeks before the actual program date.

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Experience one-of-a-kind private field trips at our Estuarium location in downtown Olympia. Our customized programs include exhibit time and hands-on activities to instill a greater appreciation for our unique estuary environment of Puget Sound, and promote sustainable behavior.

Program Length: 90 minutes
Grade Range: PreK-12th

  • Estuary Life (PreK-2nd grade)
    • Activities: Story Board & Craft
  • Food Chain & Plankton (3rd-5th grade)
    • Activity: Microscope
  • Stormwater (3rd-5th grade)
    • Activity: Enviroscape model
  • Oceanography (6th-8th grade)
    • Activities: Density Flow model, Tides Tables & water quality testing
  • Marine Biodiversity (6th-8th grade)
    • Activity: classification of tank animals
  • Human Impacts (9th-12th grade)
    • Activity:  Ocean Acidification experiment & Biomagnification game


  • $100 for up to 10 students
  • $150 for 11-30 students

Can’t make it to the Puget Sound Estuarium for an on-site program? Bring the Puget Sound Estuarium to you! Additional fees will apply. Contact the Education Coordinator at Education@SSEAcenter.org for more information.


Visit a local beach during low tide! Students will explore and enjoy the diverse marine life and participate in educator-led activities focusing on the intertidal zone.

Program Length: 90 minutes
Grade Range: K-12th
Maximum # of students: 50

Please contact Education@SSEAcenter.org for a list of low tide dates and times.


The Puget Sound Estuarium is excited to pilot twenty estuary themed kits for grades 6th-8th starting Fall 2018. All kits include enough materials for a group of 30 students and the content is designed for age appropriate learning. The School Estuary Kits support current educational standards (Next Generation Science Standards, STEM Literacy and Estuary Principles & Concepts).

Please visit the school estuary kit page for more information.


  • The Puget Sound Estuarium can accommodate single-day or multi-day field trip programs.
  • To ensure quality programs, scheduling must be completed three or more weeks before the actual program date.
  • Most programs accommodate a maximum of 30 students, plus teachers/chaperones.
  • We can normally accommodate 1 group (sometimes 2) at a time.
  • Large groups or groups with longer visits have additional fees.
  • We recommend a minimum of 1 adult chaperone/teacher for every 5 students for PreK—2nd grade and a minimum of 1 adult chaperone/teacher for every 10 students for grades 3rd-12.
  • Cancellation policy: Scheduled field trips can be cancelled free of charge until two weeks prior to your scheduled date. A $50 cancellation fee will occur if the scheduled field trip is cancelled within two weeks of your scheduled date.

For questions, further details, or to schedule a program, please click HERE to find the Field Trip Request Form or contact our Education Coordinator at Education@SSEAcenter.org.