Each year the Slater Museum hosts hundreds of local elementary, middle, and high school students, teaching basic field research skills, specimen conservation, and more. Volunteers serve as museum docents, trained in specimen preparation, museum interpretation, collections use, and Nature in the Classroom facilitation.
Nature in the Classroom is one of Slater Museum’s signature outreach programs. Designed for fourth and fifth graders, NIC is a cost-free, inquiry-based traveling curriculum that provides a “field trip in a box.” Students examine and observe their own natural history artifacts and experience nature right from their classrooms.
Additional education and outreach programs include partnerships with local businesses and organizations for special events, such as Bird Lovers Weekend and Museum of Glass, Art+Sci Salons at Tacoma Art Museum, and the Western Field Ornithologists Conference, as well as ongoing programs with Tacoma Nature Center and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Slater Museum open houses (the Nights at the Museum series), often featuring guest appearances by live animals, family-friendly art projects, and special activities, are also popular.