Education

The Northwest Railway Museum has several education programs to choose from.

School Train is aimed at school-age children, while the Pre-School Train is designed for toddler - preschool age children. The Outreach program will send an educator out to your school. Additional opportunities include programs for Scouts and Senior Groups.

School Train

The Northwest Railway Museum offers a fun and educational excursion into the past through the School Train program. This program is designed for 4th graders and targets 4th grade Washington State History and Social Studies requirements, but is adaptable for students in other age groups (for pre-school age students or younger, please see information on Pre-school Train tab). School Train departs from the Snoqualmie Depot.

School Train operates on selected dates each spring.

2017 Program Dates -

There is limited available on the following dates/times:

Wednesday April 5: 11am - 1pm

Tuesday May 2: 11am - 1pm

Wednesday May 3: 11am - 1pm

June - date of your choice - email info@trainmuseum.org today!

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Program info:

Each session is two hours long, and does not include time to have lunch, so please plan accordingly. Sessions are limited to 100 participants, including adult chaperones.

The School Train fee is $6 per passenger. Full payment is required by April 1, 2017 for all session dates. The program will run rain or shine. Be advised, there are no refunds.

Participants will be divided into groups to rotate through activities:

  • Program A: a hands-on exploration of artifacts and primary source documents to gain a better understanding of how "railroads changed everything." (Great for 4th grade and older.)
  • Program B: two or three short activities that may include: Train Shed tour, art/craft, and a presentation period clothing. (Great for Kindergarten thru 3rd grade OR mixed-age groups.)

Students may receive a worksheet to complete during the activities. This is intended to help students focus on the activity, as well as offer information they can take back to school.

All groups will rejoin for the highlight of the program: an excursion aboard the Museum's interpretive railway, the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.

A supplemental materials packet is available by request in PDF form. To make a reservation or for more information, please email Jessie Cunningham, Deputy Director, at  jessie@trainmuseum.org.

Preschool Train

A child works on a puzzle during Spring Pre-School Train 2007A child works on a puzzle during Spring Pre-School Train 2007The Pre-School Train Program is specifically oriented to toddler and pre-school age children. There will be activities including story time and an art project, followed by a 30-minute scenic train ride on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.

2017 SPRING PRE-SCHOOL TRAIN

Email info@trainmuseum.org for more information. Click here to purchase tickets online.



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Each session is 1.5 hours long, and does not include time to have lunch, so please plan accordingly. (Picnic tables are available on site at the Museum, and at the two city parks close by.) Sessions are limited to 80 participants, including parents & adult chaperones.

The Pre-School Train fee is $6 per passenger. Full payment is required to hold your space. The program will run rain or shine. Be advised, there are no refunds.

Can't make the April dates - but would like a preschool train program? Contact the Educator (contact info above) - we can create a weekday program just for you, minus the train ride.

Thank you for your interest.

Outreach Education

Don't have the time or budget for field trips? Experience Northwest railway history through mobile hands-on lessons - let the railway come to your classroom!

Lesson 1: The railroad changed everything!

The arrival of the railroad in the Northwest had a significant impact on life in the region. People were able to move in and product was able to move out. Learn all about the impact railroads had on early Washington State history through hands-on activities:

  • Replica freight cars and examples of freight help students learn what came into and out of their community by rail.
  • Lesson can be tailored to your community.
  • Students can work in groups to determine which items belong in each freight car, then take turns placing the items in the car (explaining their reasoning to the class).
Lesson 2: Working on the Railroad

Building railroads was a major undertaking and a lot of hard work. Learn all about what tools and items were used to build the first railroads:

  • Historic tools and implements give students firsthand knowledge.
  • Lesson can be tailored to the focus of your classroom lesson and learning goals.
  • Students will investigate artifacts, learning about what it was like to be a worker laying track.
  • Great supplementary lesson to learning about the transcontinental railroad!

Lesson 3: General Railroad History

Railroads and railroad technology had a major impact on life in the United States. Learn all about the impact using photographs and artifacts from our Museum's collection:

  • Historic photographs tell the story of the railroad.
  • Lesson can be tailored to the focus of your classroom lesson and learning goals.
  • Students can handle large photographs and artifacts, learning about movement of people and/or products in history.

Visits are available September thru April.

Fee: $45, $20 for each additional classroom presentation (on the same day). Scholarships are available.

Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Email to schedule your visit from the Educator today!

Jessie Cunningham, Educator, jessie@trainmuseum.org


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Above & Below: These model freight cars teach students what came into and out of their community by rail. 

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Above: Historic photos help students learn about history.

Scouts

100 0971Schedule a tour for your scout group today! Work with the Educator to create a program to meet your scouting needs.

Depot tours are available Tuesday evenings with advance notice. The program consists of a short docent or staff led tour of the Snoqualmie Depot, followed by a self-guided History Hunt scavenger hunt around the Museum grounds. The cost is a flat fee: $25.

Want to include a train ride? Bring your group on the weekend to ride the train and enjoy a docent tour before or after your train ride, as well as the self-guided History Hunt. Special pricing is available for Scout groups with advanced notice. The cost is $8 per person ~ this fee includes your train ticket! Reservations are required ~ a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.

Call or email to schedule your Scout group visit today!

Senior Groups

image for tour signAre you looking for activities for an active group of retirees? The Northwest Railway Museum offers weekday tours of both the Snoqualmie Depot and the Train Shed Exhibit Building. Tours are available Monday thru Friday between 10am and 4pm ~ reservations are required, with a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice.

Snoqualmie Depot tours explore the impact of railroads on the Pacific Northwest, as well as the role depots played in everyday life in small town America. Spend 30 - 60 minutes exploring the rich history of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Add a Train Shed Exhibit Building tour and continue the theme of the railroad changed everything. The Train Shed is a 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes four tracks of railway coaches, locomotives and freight vehicles. The building also includes the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit and, coming in spring 2015, The railroad changed everything and Railroads built the Pacific Northwest exhibits.

Cost: $10 per person. Scholarships are available.

Two weeks advanced notice for all tour reservations - email to schedule your senior group visit today!

Jessie Cunningham, Educator, Northwest Railway Museum: jessie@trainmuseum.org

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Museum Hours

Depot Hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There is limited access during Day Out With Thomas and Santa Train events.

Price: No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds.

Riding the Train: The train runs Saturdays and Sundays, April through the end of October.