Family & Group Programs

Pacific Science Center offers a variety of programs for families and groups at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Click the links below to learn more.

After-School Nature Club

Do you have a group of students who like to explore the outdoors while pursuing scientific field investigations of the natural world? What about canoeing in search of wildlife?

If so, call to arrange your very own Nature Club at Mercer Slough!

Our environmental science educators will engage your group with hands-on activities, experiments, hikes, crafts and educational games.

  • Who: Groups of 6 or more youth, including homeschoolers, students, friends and more!
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Sessions: We facilitate 8-week sessions by request. Call (206) 443-2925 to arrange your Nature Club.
  • Themes: Nature Club session themes can include animals, plants, observation and nature journaling, ecosystems, nature art and wetland science.
  • Time: 2 hours one day per week for 8 weeks, offered weekdays and Saturdays throughout the school year.
  • Cost: $155 per participant, or $145 for Pacific Science Center members

For more information about Nature Club and youth transportation assistance to Mercer Slough, call (425) 450-0207. To register, call (206) 443-2925.

Wild B'earthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday in the wild. Explore the wetlands, play ecology games, and then celebrate your party amidst the tree tops in our facility. Wild' B'earthday parties are available on Saturdays from mid-September to early June.

Choose from the following party themes:

Bug Safari (Ages 5 and up)

Explore the world of insects with bug boxes and magnifying glasses, play ecology games and seek out tiny creatures as you hike through the Slough.

Animal Mania (Ages 5 and up)

Play various animal games, take home an animal track and hike the Slough in search of animal signs.

GPS Scavenger Hunt (Ages 8 and up, maximum 15 kids)

Learn how compasses and GPS devices work. Then with a GPS receiver in hand, follow the clues as you search out the coordinates on a GPS Scavenger Hunt to find some of Mercer Slough's hidden wonders

We head out rain or shine but will include some indoor activities if inclement weather clouds your birthday.

$200 ($190 for Pacific Science Center members) for 15 children
$280 ($270 for Pacific Science Center members) for 25 children

Party Package includes: 1.5 hour guided hike, a bug box, plaster animal track or compass clip (depends on theme), invitations, room usage for 1 hour PLUS thematic room decorations, table cloths, plates, cups, forks and napkins. Just bring the food and drinks!

Call (206) 443-2925 to schedule your child's b'earthday party.

Scouts in the Wild Hike

Explore the forest and wetlands of Mercer Slough while working towards a nature-related scouting badge. Each hike includes activities tailored to badge requirements, and include scavenger hunts, games, experiments and more. Note: Badges are not supplied for this program.

Boy Scouts of America badges: Hikes are designed to meet requirements for Tiger, Bear, and Wolf Cubs and Webelos. Activities also meet some requirements for the Leave No Trace, Awareness Award and Cub Scout World Conservation Award.

Girl Scouts of America badges: Hikes are designed to meet requirements for Legacy Badges, or girls can plan their own nature experience with the guidance of Mercer Slough educators and supplemental resources. Activities allow for guided discoveries for Brownies, Juniors and Cadets.

  • Ages: 5 and up
  • When: Weekdays after school and on Saturdays from mid-September to early June
  • Length: 2 hours

Call (206) 443-2925 to register.

$125 for up to 15 scouts ($110 for Pacific Science Center members)
$200 for 16 - 25 Scouts ($180 for Pacific Science Center members)

Family Outings: Night Walk

Explore nature and nocturnal animal adaptations with your family at monthly Night Walks at Mercer Slough. Start off your Friday evening in the lab examining skulls and conducting experiments to discover the tricks nocturnal creatures use to survive at night. Then head out into the dark to call owls, listen for nocturnal creatures and participate in hands-on sensory activities.

Upcoming Dates: October 24, November 21
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center members
Ages: Designed for families with children ages 6 and up

Pre-registration is required. Call (206) 443-2925 to register.

If you have a group of 10 or more you can reserve your own private Night Walk. Call (206) 443-2925 for details.

Family Outings: Twilight Science

Join us for an exciting evening of science with your family. We will engage in fun activities while we learn about water chemistry, plants and local animals.
Check back for this summer for details on Twilight Science Family Outings. 
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person
Ages: Designed for families with children ages 5-12

Pre-registration is required. Call (206) 443-2925 to register.

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