Virtual Learning Opportunities in Parks

Virtual Learning in Parks

Explore Washington State Parks from where you are! We are committed to providing virtual learning opportunities that connect students and families to Washington State Parks. These resources are designed to be used at home, in a virtual classroom, or part of any online learning. Scroll through the opportunities below to learn how to start your virtual learning adventure.

Virtual Fieldtrips

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Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment sits on the coast of Washington where the Columbia River collides with the mighty Pacific Ocean. It is wrapped in old-growth fog forest and battered by fierce storms with humongous waves. It is steeped in the history of the Chinook Indians, Lewis and Clark, shipwrecks, light houses, military forts, and more. We offer virtual field trips on these topics and more- email us to create a custom experience for your group. 

Contact: Aaron Webster for more info: or (360) 642-3029

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Deception Pass State Park

Located in one of the most environmentally rich and diverse areas of Washington state, Deception Pass State Park is well loved for its iconic Pacific Northwest rocky beaches, beautiful old growth forests, and wealth of cultural history. We are excited to offer virtual field trips and educational opportunities on a wide range of topics such as tide pool creatures, sand dune habitats, animal adaptations, the Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State Parks and much more!

Contact: Please contact park staff with specific requests and for more information at or (360 )675-3767 ext. 231.

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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Take a tour of one of the most diverse forests in all of North America. One small detail makes this forest unique: the trees are made of stone! The Ginkgo Petrified Forest is situated in a treeless, windswept region of central Washington, where you can explore the rich geologic history that created such a dramatic, awe-inspiring landscape.

Contact: Please contact park staff with specific requests and for more information at or 509-859-3016.


Mount St. Helens Visitor Center and surrounding area

Come visit the heart of Volcano Country, where history, culture and biology collide! Jump into the Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption story, and discover how those catastrophic events affect our world today. Experience a new perspective with a fun look into the plants and animals that call this place home. Beyond the mountain there is forest to explore, with programs on old-growth, habitat, wildlife and more!

Contact: Please contact park staff with specific requests and for more information at, or (360) 274-0962.


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A meadow at Fort Ebey with the ocean in the background.

Olmstead Place historical State Park

The Olmstead family moved to the Kittitas Valley in 1875. Taking advantage of the Homestead Act they selected a plot of land and began a ranch. The family farmed the land over three generations – through devastating losses and great successes. Take a journey back through time with park interpretive staff for an in-depth look into what life was like for Washington's homesteaders. Virtual lessons that meet social studies standards are available for all grades and programs can be tailored to meet needs.

Contact: Please contact park staff with specific requests and for more information at or (509) 925-1943.

Central Whidbey Area Parks

The Central Whidbey Area encompasses seven state parks on Whidbey Island – Joseph Whidbey, Fort Ebey, Ebey’s Landing, Fort Casey, Keystone Spit, South Whidbey, and Possession Point. We’d love to help you explore these parks through virtual fieldtrips topics including World War I and II coastal defense, lighthouses, old growth forests, glacial landforms of Whidbey Island, and many more.

Contact: For more information or to request a virtual fieldtrip, please contact park staff at or (360) 678-1186.

Learning Links

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Youtube and Youtube live

Looking for some intriguing, engaging and entertaining videos to supplement your education plans or just to learn about the wonders of Washington State? Visit our Washington State Parks YouTube channel today. We've got lots of cool videos on ecology, marine biology, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Washington's petrified forest, the Civilian Conservation Corps, military history and much more! Interested in the stars and mysteries of the universe?  Join us on our YouTube channel Sundays at 7 p.m. as we bring you  live-streamed programs from Goldendale Observatory featuring Interpretive Specialist Troy Carpenter in our #GoldendaleObservations series!

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Facebook Live

Washington State Parks is proud to offer fun, informative and interactive presentations by our knowledgeable Interpretive Specialists in our #AskaWaRanger Facebook Live series. Join the thousands logging on from around the world and chat with experts by asking questions about history, biology, astronomy or even to what it's like to be a State Parks Ranger! Follow us on Facebook today or watch past episodes in our video vault and get updates on when our next episodes will air.