Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center - School Programs
K-8 Wetland Field Study Programs
Preschool Field Study Programs
Bring your preschool class for a one-of-a-kind field trip to the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Students will build a sense of wonder for the natural world as you explore the park to learn about plants and animals. One adult participant must accompany each group of five preschoolers. Adults are free of charge.
Join us for a sensory adventure through the wetlands!
September to mid-October and mid-April to June we will hike the boardwalk trail out to Mercer Slough channel from the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm (2380 Bellevue Way SE). Mid-October to mid-April join us at the Bellefields Trailhead (1905 118th AVE SE ) for a hike down through the forest to the wetland. Spot wildlife, get up close and personal with Spy Scopes, test your senses during "dozen touches" and hunt for colors of the rainbow.
- Ages 3-5
- Length: 1.5 hours
Discover what kinds of creatures live around the wetland as you descend from a forest to the Mercer Slough pond. Use nets and special tools to meet the baby insects and other creatures that start their lives under the waters of our pond. Act out the travels of wetland creatures and the life cycle of a dragonfly. Spend half your time on the trail near our Education Center and the other half investigating water samples in the lab.
- Ages 3-5
- Length: 2.5 hours with break for lunch or snack
For more information and to register, please call (206) 443-2925.
NEW! PreK-8 Outreach Lessons
Bring Mercer Slough to your school, community center or other venue and discover the wonders of nature!
Pacific Science Center’s environmental science educators will engage your PreK–8 grade students with hands-on investigations involving aquatic macroinvertebrates, animal skulls, native plants, chemistry and more. Our lessons offer a unique experiential complement to your science curricula while building excitement for nature and ecology. Explore the wonders of nature from Mercer Slough without leaving your classroom!
- Length: 45 minutes per lesson
- Dates: September through April
- Capacity: 32 students per lesson
- Counties Served: King. Inquire for locations outside King County.
- Cost: $400 for 3 classroom lessons, $110 for additional lessons. A round-trip mileage fee of $0.56 per mile/per day will be calculated from Mercer Slough in Bellevue.
For more information and to register, call (206) 443-2925.
We thank the Bellevue Red Lion Hotel for their generous support of our
programs by offering parking for our school bus groups.