Field Trips

The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts is a great place to bring students! Field trips are facilitated by certificated teachers and each student receives a research journal for collecting research data. Content includes hands-on, interactive activities aligned to Common Core State Standards and are fun for all. All field trips require a 10 student minimum.

Admission to the museum is free for field trips within the Puyallup School District.

Out-of-district field trips are also encouraged. Teachers from outside the PSD can schedule a field trip any day PSD schools are in session. Admission is $6 per student.

For more information on costs and funding contact the Karshner Center office at (253) 841-8748.

 Pioneers and Covered Wagons

#1 Pioneers and Covered Wagons (September - June) Preschool & Kindergarten

90 minutes, 25 student maximum

The field trip “Pioneers and Covered Wagons” is an early learning, content immersion experience introducing children, ages 4 – 6 to pioneer life. Using hands-on museum artifacts, historical photographs, paintings and a pioneer museum journal, students critically think about the daily life of the pioneers and the work and supplies necessary to have joined a wagon train.

 What is a museum  

#2 What is a Museum? (September - June) Grades 1-3

90 minutes, 60 student maximum

This field trip introduces students to primary sources and teaches them how to use them as a clue to the past. Students visit several galleries featuring diverse thematic exhibits and learn how a museum is a place to explore, learn and develop critical thinking skills. With lots of hands on opportunities to work with primary sources including artifacts, historical photographs, paintings and documents, students will dive into history, exploring diverse cultures and time periods. Students will also participate in an art class exposing them to different artists and visual thinking skills after which they will create their own masterpiece. 
 What does a scientist do  

#3 What Does a Scientist Do? (September – June) Grade 2

90 minutes, 60 student maximum

This fun and all hands-on science field trip introduces students to several branches of science and the scientific method. Students have an opportunity to be a scientist as they study insects, skeletons, fossils, rocks and minerals and many other specimen in our science gallery. Following their investigation, students visit the great hall and use scientific tools including microscopes and scales to extend their research. The field trip culminates in a forensic investigation in which students work through the entire scientific method while conducting a lab investigation analyzing fingerprints. 
From Mt Tacobet to the Salish Sea  #4 Coast Salish Learning Day - From Salish to Mt. Tahoma
Grade 3(February – May )                                 

3 hours, 60 student maximum

Students will extend and enrich their studies of Washington State Native American culture as they spend the morning exploring the Karshner Museum’s extensive collection of Native American artifacts. This fieldtrip is aligned with state literacy and common core standards.

Students will be engaged and mesmerized as they participate in all activities packed into this field trip. Using the museum research journal as a guide, students will explore the artifact gallery and study the beautiful craftsmanship of the Coastal Salish tribes. In the Great Hall students participate in interactive stations simulating tasks done by Native American cultures as well as learn some phrases in the Twulshootseed language. 
 An amazing race through Washington State HIstory  

#5 Discovering Washington State History through Primary Sources (September - June)  Grade 4

90 minutes, 60 student maximum

Students experience facets of Washington State history and dive into the past by studying primary sources. Developing critical thinking skills, students analyze artifacts, historical photographs, paintings and documents to better understand the events and life of Washington’s earliest settlers.

 History of the world through artifacts, ingeniuity and the lens of technology  

#6 History of the World through Discovery, Inventions and Innovation (September - December) Grade 5 and 6

2 hours, 60 student maximum

Our talent for making things defines us as humans. The objects people leave behind provide a window on the world in which they lived as well as what they valued and believed. Artifacts give us insight into our ancestor’s lives in a rich and intriguing way. By grouping objects into themes, such as trade, clothing and tools, we can see what cultures had in common with each other as well as how they were ingenious in using what was around them. 

In this field trip students will explore a variety of themes of artifacts – using objects from ancient civilizations, to the present.  They will be inventors and design a new object to fill a need or improve upon an existing object that we use every day.  Students will work in groups to solve clues, find surprise artifacts and create a timeline of objects in history. 
 #7 Primary Sources – History Through Art & Artifacts (September – June) Grades 5 and 6

60 minutes, 30 student maximum

Students will extend their understanding of primary sources, learning how to use visual thinking skills to study historical photographs, paintings, and artifacts to gather information pertaining to specific time periods or themes in history such as civil war or immigration. Schedule at Karshner Center or we can travel to your classroom.

#8 Korean War—The Forgotten War (September - January) Grades 7 and 8

90 min.

Students will learn basic facts and a general summary of the Korean War. They will use eye witness accounts and artifacts to think about the war through a variety of perspectives.


NEW THIS YEAR (for Puyallup School District only) -- TRAVELING FIELD TRIPS

Our teachers will come to your classroom for your choice of 1 of the following field trips:

1. Clues to the Past – Primary Traveling Field Trip Grades K-1 (1 class at a time)

1 hour 

Bring the Karshner Museum to your classroom and watch your students become primary source detectives as they use visual thinking skills to learn about artifacts and historical paintings. Themes of study include family, friendship and communities.

2. Primary Sources—History through Art and Artifacts Grades 5 and 6

1 hr. (30 student maximum)

Students will extend their understanding of primary sources, learning how to use visual thinking skills to study paintings and artifacts to gather information pertaining to history.