Washington Facts for Kids
Washington was the 42nd state to join the union. It became a state on November 11, 1889.
Capital - Olympia
Abbreviation - WA
Nickname - The Evergreen State
Motto - "Alki" - By and By
Song - Washington, My Home
Bird - Goldfinch
Flower - Coast Rhododendron
Insect - Green Darner Dragonfly
Area - approximately 71,303 square miles
Learn more about Washington
Primarily Washington is the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, and Legacy Washington's way of bridging the gap between the primary sources in our collections and the classroom. This portal contains digitized primary sources that have been partnered with curriculum developed by Washington State teachers. There are also featured exhibits for further study by students and all others wishing to learn more about the history of the Pacific Northwest.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Learn about the rich abundance of marine mammals, seabirds, and fish, diverse populations of kelp and algae, and thriving invertebrate communities along the Washington coast. They also have information on the history and culture of the area, and also local shipwrecks.
Library of Congress
Selected Library of Congress Primary Sources related to Washington. Includes Teacher's Guide.
Common Trees of the Pacific Northwest
Welcome to the tree identification Home Page at Oregon State University! The purpose of this site is to help you identify common conifers and broadleaves in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to skip through the pages to learn more about specific genera, or to try your hand at identifying a tree specimen with a user-friendly dichotomous key. If you don't have a specimen handy, go to the mystery tree pages to try to identify the trees pictured.
Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife
Learn about species and habitats of Washington
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
On the morning of May 18, 1980, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake triggered the collapse of the summit and north flank of Mount St. Helens and formed the largest landslide in recorded history. See photos and videos of the eruption and its aftermath.
Washington State Parks YouTube Channel
Videos on ecology, marine biology, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Washington's petrified forest, the Civilian Conservation Corps, military history and much more!
The Pig War
San Juan Island National Historical Park celebrates how individuals and nations can peacefully resolve disputes. In the mid-1800s Great Britain and the United States settled ownership of the island through peaceful arbitration. And, yes, there was a literal pig. Read the whole story and learn more about the officers involved.
Olympic National Park
Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park in northwest Washington. The park protects 922,651 acres, encompassing three distinctly different ecosystems: rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coast, and magnificent old-growth temperate rain forest. Learn about the animals, plants, geology, and more of this area.
Museum of History & Industry
Lesson plans for the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 (5-12) and Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair (6-12).
Spokane Memories Digital Exhibit
The photograph collections of the Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives provide a rich array of regional images of Spokane and the Inland Northwest. From railroads to rivers, school children to strawberry pickers, and bicycle shops to brickyards, the photograph collection offers some of the most intriguing and entertaining images from the history of this region. Not to be missed: the “Indispensable Auto Bed—for summer or winter use.”
Clark County Historical Museum
A couple of the digital exhibits here aren't specific to Clark County or Washington, but most are. Be sure to scroll down to the Past Exhibits section for virtual exhibits covering Clark County labor history and the growth of the population, Mount St. Helens, and the Women's Rights Movement in the State of Washington.
Washington State Historical Society
K-12 lesson plans for teaching several topics that are part of Washington's history.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) tells the stories of four places: the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver, the US Army's Vancouver Barracks, Pearson Field, and the McLoughlin House in Oregon City.
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
The history of the Whitman Mission in the early 1800's marks a pivotal moment for Cayuse and other Native people living on the Columbia Plateau. Through partnering with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the National Park Service seeks to present the continuing story of the Cayuse Nation and the impact of this early interaction with foreign missionaries and immigrants. Explore the history and culture of the different people, places and objects that connect to the story of Whitman Mission National Historic Site.
The 50 States - Washington
From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Washington
Mr. Donn.org - Washington
Collection of Washington resources from Mr. Donn, who offers one of the largest collections of social studies resources available.
50 States.com - Washington
Facts & Trivia about Washington
RoadsideAmerica.com - Washington
Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Washington
Awesome America - Washington
Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Washington.
Washington Map/Quiz Printout
Washington Apples Just for kids
From the Washington Apple Commission. Offers incite into a Kids View, coloring book, Recipes for kids, and apple trivia.
WA Resources for Educators from Locales: