For Teachers

Field Day Program Overview

The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) Field Day program is one-of-a-kind! This hands-on, inquiry-based program lets students dig deep into 'doing science,' and helps them develops a passion for learning! Our curriculum explores a variety scientific concepts and themes while exploring our 9-acre nature preserve.The result: students who can  think critically and are engaged, scientifically-literate citizens in our community.  We work with student groups of all ages while alligning learning goals with Washington state standards and best-practices in science education. 

We are happy to create customized curriculum that best fits your classroom's learning goals! If you are interested in learning more about WRI Field Day's  or ready to schedule a Field Day of your own please contact our Youth Programs team by clicking here or phone (509) 548-0181 (ext. 3). We have opportunities for all grade levels including homeschool students! We look forward to hearing from  you soon!

Permission Slip

Download our Field Day permission slip form by clicking here. Students need a signed copy of this form to participate in our programs.

Common Field Day Program Topics

3rd grade (November, April – May)—  Rocks, soils and geology, bird migration, and Wenatchee valley cultural history.  Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest live raptors exibits in May. Bird identification, entomology (arthropods), plants (spring-flowering trees and shrubs), composting with redworms, and cells and invertebrates with microscopes and stereoscopes.

4th grade (September – October)—Typically following the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery in September. Students study riparian plants, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, mapping, fish & stream biology, and classification, and explore BBR and Waterfront Park (both land and water!).

5th grade (September, January – March, May)—Students create models of watersheds and forest fires, and navigate with maps and compasses. In winter visits 5th graders study winter ecology, weather and climate, matter and energy, and the solar system. They also explore BBR on snowshoes and using GPS.