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Youth Experiences

Traveling Naturalists, bringing outdoor education to students

The Traveling Naturalist Program brings fun, outdoor science education to elementary students who attend after school programs in Wenatchee. Through this program, we bring outdoor education to schools that do not have the financial resources to bring students to Leavenworth to visit the Wenatchee River Institute campus. We bring our programs to them!

The students served by the Traveling Naturalist Program are academically behind and most live in low income households. Our Traveling Naturalists encourage these students to be excited and inquisitive about the outdoors! Knowing that students in the after school program have already spent a full day in class, our activities are all hands-on and active. Past activities have included team building, snowshoeing, animal tracking, bug hunts, binocular use, art projects, and field trips to local outdoor spaces.  

The Traveling Naturalist Program is funded by the Fordham Street Foundation and the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office “No Child Left Inside” grant.