Brelsford WSU Visitor Center WSU Pullman K-8 Field Trips Program


Closed until further notice

The Washington State University Pullman K-8 Field Trips Program will regrettably be closed until further notice due to insufficient staffing. Email and phone messages will continue to be monitored periodically during the closure and the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center manager will respond to inquiries as frequently as possible. 

Updates about the program’s status will be made available as plans evolve and staffing for the program expands. The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center, located at 150 E. Spring St. in Pullman, can also assist with campus and visitor information, daily parking and other wayfinding or directional assistance. Visitor center staff can be reached by email at or phone at 509-335-4636. 

High school (9-12 grade) group visits can be arranged through the Office of Recruitment at

Self-guided visits are welcome!

If you’re interested in planning a self-guided visit for your group, a suggested outline of the day is provided below. Your patience and understanding during this time is greatly appreciated.

Self-Guided WSU Pullman Field Trip:

Groups are welcome to begin with a stop at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center, where groups can pick up a visitation packet, ask questions, receive directions and wayfinding tips, use the facilities, fill water bottles and take photos with the 15-foot WSU letters outside. We also have a photo challenge/scavenger hunt that can be provided in advance to increase engagement and enthusiasm while exploring campus. If you’d like to take advantage of this offering, please send a follow up email to to confirm the date of your desired self-guided field trip.

Following the WSU Pullman Campus Tour Map from the visitor center is a great way to see and experience campus! It offers a great base for the day and there are many museums, exhibits and activities along it that are free and open to the public without reservation or advanced arrangements.

Here are a few of the attractions that can easily be added along the route:

  • Charles R. Conner Museum: A natural history museum filled with a large collection of taxidermy animals on the main floor in Abelson Hall. It is free and open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, no prearrangement necessary. The website does also have various activities for students to complete while visiting. The curator typically tries to have copies of the activities available at the entrance, but if there’s anything in particular you’d like to have them do while there, then printing copies of the desired worksheets in advanced is recommended.
  • Anthropology Museum: Features Native American history from the Pacific Northwest along with occasional rotating exhibits. The museum is free and open to the public 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Groups do not need to prearrange visits for this museum either, but it is a fairly small space so I would recommend splitting into smaller groups to rotate through the exhibits to allow the students an opportunity to see as much as possible. It is located on the first floor of College Hall.
  • Geology Museums: There are a series of geology exhibits inside Webster Physical Science Building that are also free and open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The exhibits are primarily located on the first floor in the main lobby area. There is no need for special arrangements here either.
  • Compton Union Building: There is a small art gallery on one end of the union building, plus it houses the campus bookstore and offers lounge and student study space. It’s a great glimpse into life at college, which is often a big hit among elementary and middle school students. It is also located next to the Terrell Library, which has a rooftop greenspace that’s accessible from outside the CUB and offers a great view of the practice football field. It’s even possible to get a look inside Martin Stadium from there and the walking bridge behind the CUB. You would also be able to connect to Terrell Mall from this direction and either explore there or continue down along Wilson Road to Stadium Way where you can view the stadium and Cougar Pride statute from the front!

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is another wonderful museum on campus that is free and open to the public. The museum also offers guided tours for K-8 groups that can be prearranged with the Curator of Education and Programs, Kirstin Becker. Tours can be booked by emailing

Another great addition to the day is a stop at Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, where students can explore the observation room and enjoy a scoop of ice cream. This is an activity that can be prearranged and does require payment for ice cream. This is a great way to either end the day or spend lunchtime. There is a nice grassy area outside the building with a couple of picnic tables that makes it easy to have ice cream and a sack lunch!

A great way to end the day is with a stop at the Bear Research Center: The grizzly bear research center is generally a fun stop for students and the bears are out for spring time again! There is some informational signage, but the main attraction is being able to watch the bears play in the grassy field. You can stop by any time since it does not include scheduled programming. It is located at the intersection of Grimes Way and Terre View Drive, making it convenient to stop at the end of a visit.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Rudd-McManus, Brelsford WSU Visitor Center Manager | | (509) 335-0088


About the Program

The WSU Pullman K-8 Field Trips Program provides groups visiting the Washington State University Pullman campus with a hands-on, interactive and engaging experience as a way to learn about the university and college life in general. All field trips begin with check-in and an introductory activity led by staff from the WSU Pullman K-8 Field Trips Program at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center.

Visiting groups, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, are able to learn about various areas of study through tours, demonstrations and interactive activities lead by WSU Pullman faculty and staff who are experts in their fields. Groups also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with college students about WSU Pullman, eat in the dining halls and visit Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe – the campus creamery!

The field trips program is dedicated to sharing knowledge, education and access to Washington State University through its complimentary group visits service and strives to ensure visiting groups leave having learned something new. Each group receives a custom, detailed itinerary based on preferences listed on the registration form and available activities to create a positive, fun and educational experience.

Group coordinators can view available field trip dates by visiting Availability Calendar for the online calendar. All groups are required to complete the online registration form. Please keep in mind that we can only facilitate one field trip per day.

Please call the WSU Pullman Field Trips Program at 509-335-4821 or email if you have any additional questions.

High school (9-12 grade) group visits can be arranged through the Office of Recruitment at

Interested in transportation funding for your visit?

NEW BABLOK LOGOCheck out the Buy A Bus (BAB) Program from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art!
The Buy A Bus Program offers transportation funding to schools within a 100-mile radius to take field trips to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Bussing arrangements must be made by the requesting agency. Transportation reimbursement arrangements will be made through the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Set up a Buy A Bus Tour:
  1. Complete your WSU Pullman K-8 Field Trips Program online registration form. Select Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and add a comment regarding Buy A Bus.
  2. Receive confirmation of your visit.
  3. Print, complete and return this form to your assigned coordinator.
  4. Visit WSU Pullman!