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All About Washington

by Mary Ann Kelley

State Facts

Washington was the 42nd state to join the union. It became a state on November 11, 1889.

State facts about Washington

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

Websites for studying about Washington

Washington State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Washington

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.

Access Washington

The 50 States - Washington

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Washington

Mr. - Washington

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Washington resources.

Explore the States - Washington

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - Washington

Facts & Trivia about Washington - 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

H.I.P. Pocket Change Coin Coloring sheet - Washington

Created by the U.S.Mint, these coloring pages can be accessed through Wayback Archive.

Washington Apples Just for kids

From the Washington Apple Commission. Offers incite into a Kids View, coloring book, Recipes for kids, and apple trivia.

Washington State Legislature Student Page

The Washington State Legislature Welcomes Kids of All Ages. Check out the following links to find out more about how a bill becomes a law, who represents you in Olympia, or what our state symbols are * Who represents you in Olympia? * Symbols of Washington State * Capitol Campus Online Trivia Game * Glossary of Terms * How a Bill Becomes a Law* * Washington State Coloring Book* * Washington State Student Guide*

Access Washington State

All About Washington State: State facts, State symbols (Flower, bird, motto, tree...), State History Museum, State coloring book, Electronic virtual Capitol tour, City and county Websites.

Washington Virtual Field Trips

Mount Rainier National ParkAshford

Virtual field trip onlineA Source of Inspiration - Learn about glaciers. Discover life in a rainforest. Hike the Wonderland Trail. Explore subalpine ecology. Watch clouds shroud the mountain and disappear. Visit a rustic historic building. Dream about climbing to the summit. Study geology. Experience a mountain meadow. Listen to a glacier crack.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic MonumentSilver Lake

Virtual field trip onlineAt 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments. In 1982, the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.

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