Travel With Pacific Science Center


Science is a trip when you travel with Pacific Science Center's Destination Discovery travel program! Explore new destinations, visit new cultures, have once-in-a-lifetime experiences and travel in the footsteps of scientific discovery! Whether you're interested in traveling with the whole family or trekking off on your own, there's a Destination Discovery trip that's right for you. Join us on an upcoming adventure!

2013 Destination Discovery Trips

Bald Eagle Family Float Trip - January 12, 2013

Annual Bald Eagle Family Float Trip
Saturday, January 12, 2013

Join Pacific Science Center on a Destination Discovery experience to see the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states! Pacific Science Center is partnering with Alpine Adventure's Wild & Scenic River Tours to provide this incredible opportunity. Every year, approximately 500 bald eagles migrate to the Skagit River from all over the Northwest to scavenge on spawned salmon. It is nature at its most basic and magnificent! This ten-mile float includes the Bald Eagle Sanctuary and lasts about two hours. The rapids on this river section are rated Class I (moving water with small waves). Suggested minimum age is six years old.

On our float we will learn about the Skagit River, bald eagles and salmon as well as the Endangered Species Act and the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. This section of the Skagit River is a conservation zone, managed by the North Cascades National Park, U.S. Forest Services, Skagit County Parks & Recreation, Seattle City Light, and Nature Conservancy of Washington. Download our 2013 flyer (2.6 MB PDF).


  • Pacific Science Center Members: $125 per adult; $85 per child under 13.
  • Non-members: $150 per adult; $100 per child under 13.
  • Includes hot lunch, river gear, and sales tax PLUS all trip proceeds return to benefit Pacific Science Center.

Please contact Leah Hausman, Development Events Manager at Pacific Science Center, at (206) 443-3642, by email at, or complete and return this registration form. Please make your reservations by January 7, 2013. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Meet Time & Location
10 a.m. at Howard Miller Steelhead County Park. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the meeting location. Directions and other information will be provided upon registration.

Family Astronomy Weekend - August 9-11, 2013

5th Annual Family Astronomy Weekend - August 9-11, 2013

Join Pacific Science Center for our annual weekend of astronomy and natural discovery. Led by a team of enthusiastic Pacific Science Center instructors, there will be a variety of hands-on activities and programs throughout the weekend. This trip is sure to be an "out of this world" experience for the whole family!

The theme for the 2013 Family Astronomy Weekend is engineering. Together, we will investigate the world of invention and problem solving as it relates to space and space exploration. We will build and launch rockets, test the limits of gravity and conduct our own mission to Mars! And since 2013 is a 'solar max' year, we will also conduct several activities to learn more about the sun, sun cycles and solar power.

From our base at Brooks Memorial State Park, we have an incredible location perfect for an evening of stargazing led by Science Center staff and our special guest, Professor Andrea Dobson. In addition, we will visit the nearby Goldendale Observatory State Park to view the night sky through their 24.5 inch telescope.


  • Discover the night sky like you've never seen it before. This unique area of Washington has clear, dark skies perfect for viewing constellations, planets, the Milky Way and even other galaxies!
  • Special presentation by Andrea Dobson, Associate Professor of Astronomy, Whitman College.
  • Recognizing that learning is fueled by the food we eat, we provide delicious and healthful meals that feature wonderful whole foods skillfully prepared by our own chef.


For reservations, please download and return this registration form (205KB PDF) or contact Leah Hausman at (206) 443-3642 or

Cost: $385 per adult $225 per child under 14. Cost includes two nights accommodation, all meals, activity materials, instruction and everything else that will happen this weekend. We provide all telescopes and stargazing equipment. You are responsible for your own transportation. Download this flyer (3 MB PDF) for more information.

Participation in this program is a benefit of membership with Pacific Science Center. Not a member? Not a problem! You can join or renew when registering for the trip.

About the Location:
We will be staying at the Brooks Memorial State Park's Environmental Learning Center, located just north of Goldendale, WA. The facilities are basic, but offer all the amenities you will need for the weekend. You may choose to sleep in one of the Center's seven dormitory-style cabins or bring your own tent. Depending on the size of your group, you may be assigned to share a cabin with another family. Restrooms and showers are nearby and easily accessible. Facilities also include a kitchen, meeting room, dining area and plenty of wonderful outdoor space!

Who You Travel With Makes A Difference!

Participation in Destination Discovery trips is a benefit of membership at Pacific Science Center and is a great way to support the Science Center. While you embark on an amazing, all-inclusive travel experience, you will also be supporting science education throughout Washington state as a portion of the proceeds from each Destination Discovery trip will return to benefit Pacific Science Center!

If you would like to be added to our Destination Discovery mailing list, or have questions about past or upcoming trips, please contact us by phone at (206)443-3642 or