Youth Education Field Days

By connecting children to nature through hands-on scientific exploration, our Youth Education Field Days Program cultivates life-long learners and the next generation of stewards for our planet.

Program Overview

We began our Youth Education Field Days Program in 2007. Over the years we have worked closely with teachers to align our activities with state standards and make our program an extension of the classroom. The principles of sustainability are embedded throughout and we strive to include the best available science in all of our activities. The student to adult ratio is about 6:1, so students benefit from direct attention. We rely on collaboration with local scientists and community volunteers to make this happen. Today, we proudly serve thousands of students from throughout the Wenatchee River Valley in this one-of-a-kind program. 

“I had the best time of my life going to [WRI and] Barn Beach Reserve and doing all of those amazing activities with you guys.
You made me want to take care of nature more...”

- Calvin Wilder, 4th Grader at Osborn Elementary School

Our curriculum, facility, and location are a science teacher's dream! Students love our state-of-the-art green classroom equipped with microscopes, snowshoes, kick nets, live animals, and much more. They also enjoy direct, hands-on learning experiences outdoors in the natural environment of Barn Beach Reserve, our 9-acre nature preserve featuring a rich diversity of plant and animal species on the banks of the Wenatchee River.

For Teachers

More program and registration information for teachers can be found by clicking here. 

For Volunteers

Our Youth Field Days need YOU! Volunteers make field days possible. Click here to sign up and share your love of the outdoors with students. 


Click here to see photos from past programs for a peek behind the scenes.