Field Trips for Children

School field trips in and around Issaquah are an effective and fun way to help students learn about the forces that contribute to the making of a community. In addition to the Issaquah History Museums and other downtown sites, there are many regional museums that offer insight into Issaquah’s history and the role it played regionally. History field trips can be integrated into the reading and writing curriculum for primary school students, and the social studies curriculum for higher grades. I Click on the markers on the map below for information about local field trip locations.


Understand historical time, chronology, and causation

Investigate how coal, timber and railroads affect local historic community life

Analyze the historical development of events, people, places, and patterns of life

Compare and contrast early community life with current community life.

Examine the influence of culture

Explore and investigate the contributions of native Americans, immigrants, and pioneers to the local community.

Investigate and research

Locate, gather, and process information from a variety of primary and secondary sources, including photographs, drawings, artifacts, oral accounts, and documents as grade level appropriate.

Analyze historical information

Compare and contrast information from different historical sources as grade level appropriate.

Walking Tour of Downtown Issaquah

A tour of downtown Issaquah’s historic sites makes a great field trip. The pamphlet “Issaquah Historical Society: Walking Tour; Issaquah’s Living History.”  includes seventeen locations, many of which are in the same small area. The tour guide is also available on-line.

The tour can be done as a scavenger hunt.  Students can look for evidence of mountains, streams, railroads, coal, old houses and buildings, old neighborhoods, buildings where the bottom half has changed, but the top half hasn’t, old street names, etc.

Follow Up Activities

Follow-up activities and possible assessments can help develop and demonstrate student understanding and knowledge of the forces that may contribute to the making of a community. Such activities include the following:

  • Diorama
  • Mural
  • Poster
  • Bulletin board
  • Model