The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center shares resources to enrich students’ understanding of the world around them. We offer many educational programs throughout the year designed for kids and families. Notable is our annual Super Summer Adventures program of weekly enrichment classes for students entering 1st through 7th grades. In 2015 we'll have more classes than ever (including art, cooking, science, music and much more) over 12 sessions between June 15 and August 27. You may access the class catalog (PDF) and registration form (fillable PDF) online; then stop by or call the Museum at 888-6240 to register your child. The printed class catalogs, including registration forms, will be mailed out later in April.
Family Programs – Special "family fun" days include Family ArtVentures, Youth on the Columbia, the Regional High School Art Show, Spring Break Adventure Camp and Christmas Family Fun Day.
Museum Tours – guided or self-guided group tours to fit specific curriculum needs or interests. Popular themed tours include apple industry, First People (Clovis and Native Americans), Washington State history and occasional downtown art walks. Tours may be booked Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Please reserve in advance if you would like a guide or if you are a large group. For school groups, at least one adult per six students is required. To arrange, call (509) 888-6240.
Youth on the Columbia - This is a field experience program offered by the Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club and the Wenatchee Valley Museum. More than 1,000 students participate each spring, learning about European exploration and the fur trade on the Columbia Plateau and its impact on indigenous populations. Contact education coordinator Selina Danko at (509) 888-6243 or email@example.com for more information.
Educational Videos and DVDs - Teachers are welcome to inquire about borrowing from our extensive library of science, environmental, historical and cultural films. Contact education coordinator Selina Danko at (509) 888-6243 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of films and information on borrowing them.
Museum-to-You Boxes – 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 and most also contain EALR guides. The Museum offers 11 boxes on natural history and 7 boxes on cultural history. Teachers may reserve these boxes for up to three weeks by calling (509) 888-6240. 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.
Community Learning Resources Brochure
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.
Mexican Art Adventure: Celebrate the art, culture and history surrounding Mexico’s El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. Includes artifacts, prints, curricula and art projects.
Pioneer Life: Experience pioneer life in the 1890s. Discover how everyday tasks were accomplished and what kids used to do for fun! Includes artifacts, books and activities.
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) 888-6240 or by email (email@example.com).