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Traveling Naturalist in the Classroom

Traveling Naturalist in the Classroom


Grades: 4th & 5th
Seasons: Full academic school year

The Traveling Naturalist Classroom Program reaches 4th & 5th grade classrooms across North Central Washington. Curriculum is experiential, aligns with Next Generation Science Standards, and focuses on structure and function in the natural world. The program includes monthly classroom visits and 1-2 Field Days at WRI’s 9-acre campus in Leavenworth or at a natural area nearby the school.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
  • 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.