A person in a Washington State Parks ranger uniform points to a laptop screen on a table. On the laptop is a video of the same ranger conducting a virtual interpretive program.

Virtual State Parks Learning Opportunities

​​​​​​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

Cape Disappointment State Park

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

For more information contact Aaron Webster by email at Aaron.webster@parks.wa.gov or (360) 642-3029

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park, located on the edge of the Salish Sea, is well loved for its iconic Pacific Northwest rocky tide pools, soaring ocean cliffs, and wealth of cultural history. Signup for a virtual fieldtrip as we explore tide pools underwater or discover the park’s favorite mystery marine mammal. Specifically designed to support NGSS, virtual field trips are a fun and interactive way to learn!

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

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! 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.

Please contact park staff with specific requests and for more information at kevin.lieske@parks.wa.gov or 509-859-3016.

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center and surrounding area

At Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, 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 and funny 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 alysa.adams@parks.wa.gov, silver.lake@parks.wa.gov or (360) 274-0962.

Central Whidbey Area Parks

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 field trip topics including World War I and II coastal defense, lighthouses, old-growth forests, glacial landforms of Whidbey Island, and much more.

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

Online resources


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!