Central Washington Agricultural Museum

Educational Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Educator Welcome Letter From CWAM Board President

 Educator Letter from Board President

The Central Washington Agricultural Museum Educational Program

 allows students to see and participate in some of the following;

Wagon Ride:  A tour of the museum grounds.

Tour two cabins  *  Amos Cabin and Keys Cabin

Amos Homestead and Keys Cabin will have tours.  Within these cabins, there will be some hands-on opportunities such as pumping water, washing and ironing clothes, etc.

Craig Eschbach Education Building

In this building there will be a variety of things to do and see.  For example:  Butter churning, cream separating, different types of grinders and a toy making station.

Other Field Trip/Tour Activities

Blacksmith demonstration, corn shelling, whetwheel sharpening, and sickle mower sharpening are among some of the activities.

Central Washington Agricultural Museum

Educational Information

All the options we offer can be used “stand-alone” or in conjunction with other offerings. We have designed these programs primarily for third and fourth grade classes studying Washington State and local history, but the materials may be adapted for other grades and subjects. Each program can be used to compliment Washington State History Curriculum or to learn more about local history in your classroom.

Special Access

Most of the museum is ADA approved; however, there are some areas that are not yet complete.

Other Educational Programs

While these programs are targeted at 3rd and 4th grade levels, we offer tours for adult groups, including developmentally disabled visitors, home schools, scouts, daycare, and other groups. Teachers, students, and families will find the Central Washington Agricultural Museum an exciting place for further explorations of the Yakima Valley and Central Washington.

Educational Field Trip and Tour Scheduling

The Central Washington Agricultural Museum is available for field trips and educational programs from April through June.

Refer to the Register Online form, complete the form and submit Register Online 

 To schedule a visit fill out the form on the registration page, call 509.457.8735, or email: info@centralwaagmuseum.org.

Frequently Asked Questions  *  FAQs

Registration – How do I register?

Go to Register Online page, fill out the form and submit to the Ag Museum. 

Or download the paper form Ed Field Request Form, fill it out, scan and email both sides of the form to info@centralwaagmuseum.org

Or Mail the form to: CWAM, 4508 Main Street, Union Gap, WA 98903-2138.

Confirmation of Date/Time Request

You will get an email confirmation within 5 working days and an invoice with the due date for $25 non-refundable deposit to reserve the schedule time. Upon receipt of the deposit you will get an invoice for the final funds due by the day of the field trip.

What time can you start?

Our earliest program begins at 9:30 am and our afternoon program begins at 12:30 pm. We ask that groups try to schedule a few minutes for the kids to have a snack and a restroom break before the program start time and we believe it results in a better experience for all. If you are attending the afternoon program and would like to come early and have lunch on the Museum grounds or Fullbright park, you are welcome to do so.

What are your minimum and maximum numbers for enrollment?

Groups are separated into units of 10 or less to rotate through the areas, so our minimum for a unit is 5, and our maximum for a group is 70. Small schools can enroll fewer than 15 students, but must pay for the minimum number of 15.

If  a group larger than 70 wants to attend, arrangements must be made in advance by phone.

Please contact:  Paul Strater,  Administrator  *   509.457.8735 or info@centralwaagmuseum.org  to schedule a large group.

Do you charge for teachers and chaperons?

No, except for home school days, we do not charge for teachers and chaperons. Please bring at least one adult for every six children for Educational Programs or at least one adult for every ten children for Museum Tours, but you are welcome to bring more. Adults are free, and will be encouraged to participate and assist with some of the activities. On home school days we charge per person because a large proportion of parents attend and take space away from students.

Why can’t I schedule a small group in the morning, unless I join a larger group?

Unfortunately, because the bus system for public schools is rather inflexible large groups are unable to get transportation in the afternoon. Small groups tend to travel by automobile or school-owned buses and are able to come in the afternoon. This allows us to educate as many children as possible, and fulfill our mission.

There can be exceptions, please call to check on the alternatives:  Please call: 509.457.8735  *  Paul Strater, Administrator

What if the number of students change between the time I register and the day of the field trip?

You can update your numbers up to two weeks before your field trip. After that, we have to charge based on actual enrollment, which determines our staffing schedule and the purchasing and preparing of supplies.

What if I have to cancel?

The non-refundable $25 registration fee also serves as a cancellation fee to cover administrative expenses should you need to cancel.   If you need to cancel, we would appreciate hearing from you as soon as possible. This will allow us to fill the spot or notify our volunteers that there will be no program at that time.

Program Details:   

We have not attended an Ag Education Program before, what can we expect?

To get to the Museum please follow the directions given on the Hours & Location page of our web site.

The parking area for the Museum Programs is within Fulbright Park and not on the Museum grounds.  Please park near the playground equipment in Fulbright Park and walk to the Barn Façade located at the Museum Entrance.

Buses may drive up to the Façade, unload and then return to the Fulbright Park area.  

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a tour guide, preferably before you disembark the bus. If you are not greeted by a guide (for example; you arrive early to have a snack or a picnic) we ask that you send one teacher into the Visitors Center when you arrive to make contact.

Based on the number of students enrolled, we will request you to divide your students in advance (usually by classroom) into groups, for instance by placing a colored dot on their name tags, and designate a student line-leader for each group. The guide will escort the line-leaders to the entrance of the Visitors Center and position them so the rest of the children can quickly line up behind the line-leader from their color group. Once the students are in line we will make some brief announcements about restroom facilities, safety, eating & drinking, etc., then you will enter the Visitor’s Center for an introduction.

After the introduction we will rotate each group through the areas: the Amos Cabin, the Visitor’s Center, Wagon Ride and the Key’s Homestead. Lastly, we will gather in the Visitor’s Center to do a wrap-up. The programs are 1.5 to 2 hours in length and Museum Tours are 1 to 1.5 hours in length. The program can be shortened by 15 minutes for those groups with a tight schedule.

How many students can be in a group?

If your group has less than 60 students, you may be rotating between stations with one or two other groups. All groups will begin together in the Visitor’s Center, separate into units for the rotations, and end together in the Visitor’s Center. 

So, if you bring two classrooms, we will divide you into six groups. Groups will be in visual contact of others most of the time. This creates a consistent experience for groups as well as our instructors.

What if we are late, do you extend or cut the program?

The policy is to end at the scheduled time. We do this for 2 reasons: If a morning group goes overtime it affects the afternoon group and our instructors cannot always stay beyond the time they are scheduled.

Can the children have a snack during the program?

Food & beverages are not allowed in the facilities where artifacts are located. We strongly suggest that snacks are eaten before or after the programs. We also suggest that groups who normally eat lunch during the scheduled field trip time arrive 15-20 minutes early to eat a snack before the program starts. This also allows kids a few minutes to burn off some excited energy so they can focus during the program.

What should the children/adults wear?

Attendees will be walking outside throughout the Museum grounds. Please  wear suitable shoes. The seasonal weather can be cold and windy; long pants and coats are recommended.

Do you accommodate physically impaired students?

Yes, except for the wagon ride (sometimes). Many of the Museum areas are wheel chair accessible. If a wheel chaired person can be helped from their chair and into the wagon (with minimal effort), they can go on the wagon ride.

What can you do for students who have allergies?

We do our best to accommodate children who have allergies. You may taste homemade wheat breads and natural salted butter at the end of the program. If  a student is allergic to any of these items, please do not let them participate in the tasting.

We can also leave wheat or corn grinding out of the program if a child  is allergic to these items. Please let us know in advance if a child is allergic, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

What if we are not allowed to put students’ names on name tags?

Name tags are not required, but are requested. Our instructors would like to call your students by name, and if the students wear name tags the experience is much richer and more pleasant.

Can we bring younger siblings?

No, siblings are not allowed in the program. Since all indoor areas are used for the programs, there is not an indoor area to “hang out” with a young child during the program.

Where can we have lunch?

We are a separate organization from Union Gap’s Fullbright Park. We  do not have access to the Union Gap park reservation system. 

 

If you wish to reserve an area in Fullbright park for a fee, contact: 509.248.0434 (City of Union Gap)  The covered picnic areas within the park, if not reserved, can be used free on a drop-in basis.

Ag Museum grounds area

There are picnic shelters and tables on the Museum grounds that can be used to eat lunch and have snacks. Some of these areas are covered while others are uncovered and exposed to the weather. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 Do we have to pay to park?   

 No. There is no charge for parking within Fullbright Park or the Museum grounds.

 Can we do other activities in the park?

Yes. Consider taking your students on a nature hike before or after your program. The Museum has several trails of varying lengths with opportunities to enjoy the park’s plant and animal life. You can also re-visit areas of the Museum or visit Fullbright Park and go down to Ahtanum Creek.

An Educational Tour is a day of fun and learning about our agricultural history and is a day well spent full of fun and learning!