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The Colonial Dames of Washington is pleased to offer scholarships to teachers of history and social studies, grades 5 – 12.  Please access our website for the application and information regarding the four scholarships available.  The deadline to return the application is April 3, 2016.

Homeschool Trip to Washington DC May 19-25, 2016 – Student Discoveries

Here is an opportunity to travel with like-minded home-school students and parents.  Gerken Getaways is planning a trip of a lifetime.  

Check out the webinar for details. 

 May 19-25, 2016 – Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and Washington D.C.

  • Minimum of 20 students needed for this trip with at least two chaperones
  • Ages 8-18 are eligible to attend
  • Lowest prices are based on 4 people in the same room
  • Up to $1000 can be earned for WHO with the Get Out and Give Back program
  • Fully-guided tour


Highlights in Williamsburg:

  • Colonial- Style Dinner
  • Performance from Sylvia Tabb-Lee
  • Excursion to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area
  • Governors Palace
  • Excursion to Jamestown & Yorktown
  • Yorktown battlefield

Highlights in Washington DC:

  • Smithsonian Institutions
  • National Air & Space Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Portrait Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Illumination Tour


“Student Discoveries offers specific, hands on experiential learning opportunities for students and teachers. One of the strengths here, and this is especially true for the trip to Boston and the Newseum visit, is their direct involvement in activities. Across the board, these are not trips where the students and faculty will find themselves being talked at for long periods of time.”
- Brett James
Colorado Academy

Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair

All Washington homeschoolers are invited to attend. The event will take place on November 7th from 1-5 p.m. on the campus of Cascadia/UW Bothell. It is free and open to the public.

College Fair Flyer

Letters About Literature Contest

A contest that encourages young readers to write a letter to the author of a book that changed their view of the world or themselves. The contest is open to students in grades 4-12 and I would like to advertise it to homeschoolers and encourage them to participate.

Information about the contest, including a link to the guidelines and entry form, is available on the “Letters About Literature 2016″ page of the Washington State Library’s website here:

 Pacific Lamprey Geocache Adventure

Ready for an educational adventure? Get the kids outdoors to learn about the Pacific Lamprey, one of the world’s oldest and most interesting fish! They can explore nature and learn to navigate using GPS at the same time with the Pacific Lamprey Geocache Adventure. Several hand-carved juvenile Pacific Lampreys are migrating from geocache site to site by way of human helpers, “swimming” along their rivers to eventually arrive at the Pacific Ocean. One was just released in Idaho and will be headed along the Snake toward the Columbia River ( Another just started in the Yakima Basin and wants to travel along the Columbia ( The third has made its way to the ocean and is ready to migrate back upstream along the Columbia and Willamette ( Can you find one of these cuties and help it on its way?

This is a project of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, see or contact Rebecca Smith at

Help Homeless Shelter Cats!

Purrfect Pals is a no-kill cat shelter and sanctuary in Arlington and has more than a dozen off-site adoption sites in partner pet stores in the Puget Sound area.

We need volunteers to come in for two hours once a week to clean cubbies, scoop litter pans, refresh water and food, play with cats, and talk to visitors. It’s a great way to learn more about animals, about having a “job,” about being responsible, and about giving back to your community.

Teen/parent teams are welcome at all of our locations and teens 16 and older are welcome at our Petco stores. We have off-site programs in:

Seattle/North Aurora

We also need foster homes for raising kittens and caring for sick cats. For more information and a link to our online application, please visit our web page at and click on Foster Volunteer.

Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)

Our leadership, mentorship and arts programs for girls are low-cost or free and would be a great addition to any homeschool curriculum. One particular program which might be of interest to the youth and families you work with is our theater intensive program called Y-WE Speak. Girls get to see professional shows at the Seattle Rep, take theater workshops, and ultimately create and perform a show of their own on the Rep stage. You can read more about this program at:

I wanted to let you and your staff know that Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) is offering two free sample events at Seattle Rep for ANY girl (ages 12+) who wants to see a free professional show, take a free amazing workshop, and learn about the programs Y-WE offers. Girls do not have to sign up for Y-WE if they attend and they will not be heavily recruited. It’s just an opportunity for them to check it out and for us to spread the love and resources we have to offer with the greater community! Some other youth orgs are bringing groups of their girls as a field trip. If you know girls or staff who would like to attend, please pass this event link along to them:

I would be happy to reach out directly to theater teachers and anyone else within the school whom you think would be a good contact for this opportunity.

Pierce College Science Dome

The Science dome is an immersive and interactive 38’ dome-shaped screen that allows you to; view the night sky from anywhere in the known universe on a butty day, be immersed in an alien environment with breathtaking full-dome images, explore the Egyptian pyramids, fly through the human body and so much more. For more information, check out the website:

Pacific Science Center WetLab Academy Seminars/Workshops

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, Washington, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Our award winning, Gold LEED® certified facility offers classrooms, wetlabs, a tree house, Visitor Center and hiking trails that all highlight the beauty of the surrounding wetland.

Wet Lab Academy

High school students have the opportunity to step away from the traditional high school chemistry curriculum at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment, students perform scientific investigations taking advantage of the living laboratory of the Mercer Slough Nature Park.

The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is located at 1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. To register call (206) 443-2925. For updated schedule information visit or email questions to

Volunteer Options for Home Schooling Youth 16 and Over

More than half of all kindergartners in our state are entering school without the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills they need to be successful. Research shows that those who start behind often stay behind. The good news is that reading with kids on a regular basis can make a real difference. That’s why we are inviting you to become a Volunteer Reader for United Way of King County.

We’re looking for friendly, responsible people to read with young kids—one-on-one (not group reading)—at select sites throughout King County. Volunteers are needed during weekday daytime hours, and need to be at least 16 years old. By committing to read 1 hour a week for a minimum of six months, you can have a profound impact on the lives and outcomes of young children in our community.

For more information including sites and shift times go to or call 206.461.3700.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

You can find this and thousands of other volunteer opportunities on the United Way of King County Volunteer Center website: You can tailor your search by the age range of the volunteer.