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Traveling Naturalist

Youth Programs

The Wenatchee River Institute brings trained naturalists to elementary students across North Central Washington.

The Traveling Naturalist Afterschool Program leads active, hands-on experiences with students in five Wenatchee elementary schools. These enrichment activities are funded by the Fordham Street Foundation.

The Traveling Naturalist Classroom Program reaches 4th and 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.
  • Field days at WRI’s 9-acre campus in Leavenworth or at a natural area nearby the school.
  • All program costs covered by the Williams International Fund.

The Traveling Naturalist Summer Program brings children from farm worker housing in Monitor to Barn Beach Reserve to participate in WRI summer camps. This program is focused on connecting youth to the natural world, making new friends, and having fun. Camp costs are covered by the Williams International Fund.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact or call 509-548-0181. If you are interested in volunteering for the Traveling Naturalist Program, fill out the volunteer form here.

Traveling Naturalist Program Funders