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 a guided tour of the brand new facility. The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center serves as the gateway 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 to get a group photo with the 15-foot-high concrete letters spelling W-S-U.
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.
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.
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.
Proceed with caution: your students will be “blown away” with this explosive look into chemistry! Watch your students’ eyes fill with excitement as Dr. Finnegan brings the elements of the natural world to life in his hour long presentation.
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 Conner Museum. This museum holds everything from local deer and birds to casts of dinosaur bones!
Ferdinand’s and WSU Creamery
Do your students love ice cream? Visit the Ferdinand’s, 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!
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.
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.
Better than any paper-mache volcano, Dr. Kurt Wilkie brings explosive volcano demonstrations to the next level with his 30 ft. water-valcano 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.
Indoor Practice Facility
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.
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.
Home to the 2nd largest refracting telescope in Washington State, the Jewett Observatory holds the key to the secrets of the stars. For an overnight visit, take your students to one of the observatory’s famous Star Parties, where anyone can become an astronomer for a night!
This activity has been a hit with students since its introduction! With an hour filled with practical knowledge and exciting demonstrations, you will have a class of young physicists once Dr. Tom Johnson is through with them.
Take a one-hour guided tour of the night sky with Dr. Michael Allen at the WSU Planetarium.
Give your students a first-hand look at what it means to “go green” with a tour of the WSU’s recycling center. They will learn about WSU wast-wise program and why recycling is important to our campus.
Another field trip favorite, the Compost Center tour shows your students how their organic waste can be transformed into a useful byproduct via composting.
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 interdiscplinary research spanning the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, solid mechanics, planetary sciences, and applied mathematics.
Student Recreation Center
The WSU Student Recreation Center is an amazing, award-winning facility that boasts an elevated running track, 7 full basketball courts, over 200 pieces of cardio equiptment, 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.
Veterinary Medicine Teaching Museum
The Robert P. Worthman Anatomy Museum contains a variety of anitomical 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.