The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.
Thank you for your interest in School Tours at the Whatcom Museum! At this time, we are not offering our regular in-person scheduled field trips due to COVID-19. We do have several other virtual field trip options available for the curious learner!
People of the Sea and Cedar Virtual Field Trip
Aligned to 3rd grade curriculum standards; We request scheduling one (1) class (maximum 30 students) for each program. Fee-based.
We’ve been working to bring our unit on Native Cultures of the Pacific Northwest into the digital sphere! This live, hosted program gives students an introduction to the art, history, and culture of the Coast Salish people indigenous to the Salish Sea region. Students are guided through the virtual gallery by a Museum educator, incorporating activities with in-depth looks at pieces in the collection. Using online learning tools, students will actually get a closer look at the art and artifacts than if they were in the People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey Through the History and Cultures of the Tribes of the Northwest Coast exhibit themselves. Contact the Education Department for more details or to schedule your virtual trip today!
Aligned to various art objectives.
Over the next few months, the Whatcom Museum Education Department will be working to develop independent art curriculum focused on various artists in our collection. Each unit will include background information, instruction on the artist’s style and/or method, and an art activity utilizing household objects and art supplies.
While we are developing lessons around specific artists, we are very interested in helping develop or amplify other curriculum in collaboration with schools and districts. Feel free to contact the Education Department with your thoughts and ideas!