Brelsford WSU Visitor Center K-8 Field Trips


Brelsford WSU Visitor Center

All field trips will begin at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center. From here your group will receive your registration packet, information about campus parking locations, directions to the rest of your scheduled activities, and participate in an interactive activity to learn about Washington State University. The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center serves as the front door to Washington State University, functioning as an information center for the University featuring WSU’s teaching, research, athletics, student and faculty contributions in a unique visual setting. Be sure to bring your camera or mobile device to get a group photo with the 15-foot-tall W-S-U concrete letters.

Museum of Anthropology

Is your class interested in peoples of the past? The Museum of Anthropology, located in College Hall, is home to numerous archaeological collections, particularly pieces that give students clues about the cultures of Native Americans since European Contact. More information >>


Birds of Prey

Washington State University is home to one of the most prestigious colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the world and is home to the unique Raptor Rehabilitation Program. The Raptor Rehabilitation program provides medical care, food and shelter to sick and injured birds of prey. Thanks to the WSU Raptor Club, students have the opportunity to see and interact with these wild birds of prey up close while learning about their ecology and biology. More information >>


Botany Greenhouses

Journey to the roof of Abelson Hall for a look into the wild world of…plants?! Join M.S. Chuck Cody for an interactive tour of the WSU Botany Greenhouses where your students will get to see some truly wild and out-there specimens. From cacao, vanilla and coffee plants to Venus fly traps and plants that recoil at the touch of a human hand, this greenhouse will leave your students amazed. More information >>

Chemistry Demonstration

Proceed with caution: your students will be “blown away” with this explosive look into chemistry! Watch your students’ eyes fill with excitement as Dr. Michael Finnegan brings the elements of the natural world to life in his hour long presentation.

Charles r. Conner Museum

These stuffed animals aren’t just for children! Give your students a glimpse into the natural history of the Pacific Northwest (and beyond!) as they explore the taxidermied specimens located in the Charles R. Conner Museum. This museum holds everything from local deer and birds to casts of dinosaur bones! More information >>


Ferdinand’s and WSU Creamery

Do your students love ice cream? Then visit Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, the WSU Creamery, for a first-hand look at how cheese and ice cream are made. Oh, and to enjoy a tasty frozen treat made from WSU’s own dairy cows! More information >>


Dairy Center

Take your exploration of food science one layer deeper as you and your students see where milk and cream come from and learn all of the details that go into the making of a successful dairy farm.

Entomology Museum

Are your students intrigued by things that crawl, creep and squirm? Take them to the M.T. James Entomology Museum for an up-close look at the largest reference collection of insects in the Pacific Northwest! Not only will they have a chance to view insects in display and learn about entomology from Dr. Richard Zack, but they will get to HOLD and interact with live specimens. More information >>


Geology Demonstration

Better than any paper-mache volcano, Dr. Kurt Wilkie brings explosive volcano demonstrations to the next level with his 30-foot water volcano eruption! Your students will learn about geology as Dr. Wilkie explains why composite volcanoes like Mt. St. Helens lose their lids, followed by an incredible demonstration of how geologic forces cause eruptions. View this article for a brief synopsis of the demo.

Jacklin Collection

Travel back in time 200 million years as you and your students observe the Jacklin Collection of petrified wood and silicified minerals — one of the most extensive collections in the United States! Students will see exotic pieces from Brazil and Mexico and local pieces from the Pacific Northwest that range in age from ancient to prehistoric. Show your students a slice of history with the Jacklin Collection. More information >>


Libraries Tour

WSU has a world-class library with stunning architectural beauty that your students can experience. Schedule an interactive library tour and scavenger hunt to expose your students to the wonderful information that libraries can hold.

Museum of Art

“The Museum of Art offers an opportunity for your class or organization to discover the cultural connections, diverse meanings, feelings and associations that are only gained through looking closely at an original work of art.” – Museum of Art, WSU. Expose your students to the cultural importance of art with a Museum of Art tour, facilitated by trained WSU museum staff members. More information >>


Physics Demonstration

This activity has been a hit with students since its introduction! You will have a class of young physicists once Dr. Tom Johnson takes them through an hour filled with practical knowledge and exciting demonstrations.

Material properties testing and engineering design (beam breaking)

This workshop highlights real-world connections for students. Attendees preview both computer modeling and videos of bridge failures. They will then complete a simple experiment to determine the strength (Modulus of Rupture) of wood samples. A quick overview of the mathematical concepts involved is shared to make a clear connection to their value to experiments and engineering design. The data from visitor testing is used to predict the failure of a designed beam. The final demonstration highlights how engineers are expected to both understand and apply knowledge from many areas, specifically material properties and beam design for this experience. The predicted failure is compared and discussed by the group. It’s a good activity for all ages.

Recycling Center

Give your students a first-hand look at what it means to “go green” with a tour of the Washington State University’s recycling center. They will learn about WSU’s waste-wise program and why recycling is important to our campus.

Compost Center

Another field trip favorite, the Compost Center tour shows your students how their organic waste can be transformed into a useful byproduct via composting.

Shock Physics

Washington State University is a leader in shock wave and high pressure research. Using state-of-the-art experimental and computational capabilities, world-class faculty at the Institute for Shock Physics conduct interdisciplinary research spanning the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, solid mechanics, planetary sciences and applied mathematics. More information >>


Student Recreation Center

The WSU Student Recreation Center is an amazing, award-winning facility that boasts an elevated running track, seven full basketball courts, more than 200 pieces of cardio equipment, an impressive weight room, an aquatics area built to resemble the state of Washington, and much more! Take your students on a tour of this exciting facility. More information >>


Robert P. Worthman anatomy Museum

The Robert P. Worthman Anatomy Museum contains a variety of anatomical animal specimens preserved as a resource for learning and teaching. Let your students explore the life of a veterinary doctor through the use of this unique collection. More information >>