Native Seattle

Long before the city grew up around it, Lake Union was a bustling hub of activity for Coast Salish communities and Native culture still thrives there today. Students will explore elements of Coast Salish art and design through hands-on activities and crafts, learn Salish names for sites of historical significance in Seattle and travel by Umiaq to some of these sites on Lake Union.

Supports 4th grade and 8th grade Washington State History curriculum. 

This field trip is part of the Lake Union History Afloat program and offers students a unique opportunity to connect classroom learning with hands-on experience. Each grade-specific module includes a shore-based activity and a chance to paddle as a group to a related site of historical significance on Lake Union. Each program is designed to support Washington State and Seattle Public Schools curriculum in History, Science and Art.

For groups of 31-50 students please choose Jumbo Field Trip.

Please note that Jumbo Fields Trips do not include Umiaq boat rides.


Our Field Trips are eligible for Pay-What-You-Can youth scholarships. Suggested prices are listed for each field trip, but schools and organizations who work with underserved youth are welcome to request discounted program fees.

To get started, please schedule your field trip, and we will follow up with you regarding PWYC. For more information, please email


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