Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

A partnership with the City of Bellevue, offering nature-based programs for all ages.

Wetland Waddlers

Explore Mercer Slough with your preschooler and grow a connection to the natural world! Each two-hour class includes art, play, and story time designed around a seasonal theme.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Program Details

  • Time: Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Ages: 2.5-4, with a parent or guardian
  • Cost: $20, or $15 for Pacific Science Center Members

To register, call (206) 443-2925 or email mercersloughprograms@pacsci.org. Pre-registration is required.

December 2: Waiting for Winter
When it’s cold outside, we put on coats and turn on our heaters. What do plants and animals do? Join us to find out!

January 6, 2018: Ice is Nice
Come explore the frozen park! We’ll build with ice, break ice, melt ice, and even use ice to make art.

February 10: Nature Rocks!
A rock can be a musical instrument, a tool, a treasure, a building block, and more. With rocks of all shapes, textures, and sizes, there’s so much to investigate. What else do you think can a rock be?

March 17: Mud Appreciation Day
We always find mud on our hikes, but this class is dedicated to the squishy stuff. Come jump in puddles, make mud cakes, and most of all, get messy!

March 31: Wonderful Wetlands
What IS a wetland, anyway?  We’ll take an up-close look at the plants and other unique things that live in wetlands, and learn about why they’re so important.

April 21: Growing Up in Mercer Slough
Flowers, new leaves, and seedlings are everywhere! Join us to take a closer look at the plants in the park, and investigate how they grow.

April 28: Growing Up in Mercer Slough
Flowers, new leaves, and seedlings are everywhere! Join us to take a closer look at the plants in the park, and investigate how they grow.

May 12: Slugs, Bugs, and Squirmy Worms
Spend a day looking for some of Mercer Slough’s smallest residents. We’ll investigate under logs, in the pond, and beneath trees. How many bugs do YOU think we’ll find?

May 19: Slugs, Bugs, and Squirmy Worms
Spend a day looking for some of Mercer Slough’s smallest residents. We’ll investigate under logs, in the pond, and beneath trees. How many bugs do YOU think we’ll find?

June 2: Slough SENSE-ations
Join us for a sensory-filled day of seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and yes, even tasting different things in nature.

Learn more about this fascinating program in this quick PacSci Podcast:

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
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