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Tillicum Village® School Program

Introducing a NEW virtual experience

The Fall schedule will be announced soon! Please check back mid- to late-September. 

We are taking everything you love from the classic Tillicum Village® School Program and are packing it into a virtual experience that is sure to be a hit with your students.

Travel to Blake Island via time lapse video and learn about the culture and history of the Coast Salish tribes. The virtual field trip will feature exclusive Native American dances and stories performed by our cultural team members. At the end of the experience, students will have the opportunity for live Q&A with our Cultural Supervisor, Frank Mather.

Prep your students or immerse them further with an interactive, hands-on activity, sent to you from our education experts.

Experience Includes:

  • ~20 minutes of pre-recorded content including dance and story performances
  • ~20 minutes of live Q&A with our Cultural Supervisor
  • A pre-designed activity to be mailed to your school for student distribution
  • A pre-visit guide to help prepare your students for the experience
  • Recommended book list for continued learning

The Tillicum Village School Program is crafted specifically for students studying Washington state history and Northwest Native American culture.

Virtual School Programs start at $250/classroom (max of 50/program) and we will be announcing the October 2021 dates in mid-September.

Special rates for homeschool families on homeschool day! Stay tuned for the date announcement.

In Person School Program

Note: Due to COVID-19, in person school programs will not be offered fall 2021. Check back for more info on spring 2022.

This 4-hour field trip program is available every spring and fall and geared towards public and homeschooled students from 3rd to 5th grade, although all school ages are welcome.

Your class departs Pier 54 on a 45-minute cruise to Blake Island featuring interactive presentations on Northwest Native American storytelling and crafts. Once on the island, students head into the Tillicum Longhouse to enjoy a lunch designed just for them, including fresh fruit, homemade macaroni and cheese, our traditionally-prepared alder fire roasted fish, and more (explore the full menu here).

After the buffet-style meal, students will enter the Tillicum Theater for a cultural presentation featuring masks, regalia and ancestral dances and storytelling. After the presentation, students have the opportunity for Q&A with our knowledgeable cultural staff. On the return trip, everyone has some time to roam the boat and take in the beauty of Puget Sound before returning to Pier 54 on Seattle’s central waterfront.

Tillicum facility under lease, operated in conjunction with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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