Bring students to the Pike Place Market on a field trip and go from being teacher to rock star! There are so many teaching opportunities at the Market, and with planning, educators create a memorably fun and educational experience. Students can learn how to create a business by using Market merchants as a model. They can learn about how historic architecture creates a sense of place. They can learn the art of display, and entertaining customers while they shop. The list of possibilities is endless.
The field trip gives students first-hand experiences interacting with members of the Market community, including merchants, craftspeople, farmers, buskers and PDA workers. The information here is designed to help educators in planning a Market field trip, whether coming from near or far.
Print out the pages below and use the curriculum before your field trip. The preparation will be well worth the effort, ensuring a smooth-running field trip and giving the next generation of Market stewards and shoppers valuable information.
Field Trip Tips [PDF]
Trip Tips Brochure [PDF]
Guided Field Trips for Seattle-Area Elementary Schools
Participation in the PDA's Education Program includes a guided tour. Tours occur Tuesdays - Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, late September through early June. Tours are for second, third, fourth and fifth-grade students in the Seattle area. To maintain the personal nature of each tour, one class may tour at a time (or, two small classes up to 35 students total).
There is no charge, though teachers are strongly encouraged to do a food drive for the Pike Market Food Bank.
Three weeks prior to the field trip, there is a 45-minute visit to the classroom by a PDA employee of the Education Program. The presentation includes an interactive history role play and stories about the Market's farmers. Teachers teach lessons about the Market in preparation of the field trip.
Once in the Market, the class is divided into smaller groups and work on an assignment as they learn about the Market community with volunteer School Program Leaders.
To sign up for to participate in the Education Program, contact the Marketing Department at Marketing@pikeplacemarket.org.