This is a 1.5-hour indoor program which includes
an introduction to estuarine ecology through
interactive creative dramatics (the Estuary Soup
Chef skit), the Padilla Bay film, and a tour of the
exhibits. The conclusion includes a presentation
about appropriate behavior at the beach.
These grades are eligible for a four to five
hour program (long program)which includes work both
indoors and in the field. This full-day program may
include the Estuary Soup Skit, the Padilla Bay
video, exploration of the mud flats, plankton
sampling, and the "chalk talk" showing how estuaries
have changed in Puget Sound over time due to human
The "short program" takes about an hour and a
half, is entirely in the building and includes
everything that the long program has except the
visit to the beach and use of the classroom with
Home School groups can schedule a program with a
minimum of 10 students.
We recommend you begin with an introductory
program as described above in the Preschool to high
school section. Then if you want more depth of study
in subjects such as eelgrass, crabs, migration,
echinoderms, water quality monitoring, etc. we have
a wide selection of lessons to choose from.
Home scholars acquire all three levels of
curriculum because each has activities that may be
applicable to younger students.
We also have a curriculum library and can
provide specialized expertise to home educators.
You should also get your name on our teacher
automated email list
for information about workshops and special student
Groups include scouts, summer youth programs,
ESL, and those with special needs.
We can design an educational program that meets
Usually these groups select a Mud Flat Safari.
This is a two to four-hour program including an
introduction in the theater, tour of exhibits and a
guided visit to the beach.
This program is best when the tide is 3 feet or
College classes usually request a brief lecture
on eelgrass ecology and the geologic and human
history of the area before a visit to the eelgrass
We are capable of addressing other more specific
We also have a 15-minute video that includes
interviews with several researchers.
Please contact the Reserve to discuss your
How to schedule
Group scheduling for each calendar year begins
in September of the preceding year.
season fills quickly with school groups and is
usually full by the end of September. (We do keep a
Please call the Reserve at
360-428-1558 to find out about available dates and
times (It's easiest to schedule a program on the
phone because there are so many variables but it can
be done via email).
You probably want to schedule your visit around
the tide. Any tide less than +3.0 feet will begin to
expose mud flats around the edges. Any tide less
than zero empties the bay.
To find out what the tide is doing during your
visit, contact the Reserve
or go to the