The Pike Place Market offers a wonderful Education Program, supported by the PDA, for elementary school students in the Seattle area. Mission Statement: The PDA Education Program teaches the next generation of Market stewards, caretakers and customers the value of community and commerce, entrepreneurship and history, all in a richly diverse downtown district.
The two hour field trips are free, and they are scheduled in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday throughout the school year. Contact Scott Davies (right) for more information and/or to schedule a field trip for your classroom!
This blog was created by and is maintained by the volunteer Tour Leaders who lead small groups (a classroom is usually split into 3 to 5 smaller groups) of kids and parents through the Market on those field trips. We are happy to be able to share little known Market insights, arrange interactions with some of the people who work at the Market, teach some of the history and rich cultural heritage associated with the Market, and have an enjoyable time embracing the different seasonal offerings throughout the school year.
In the 2018-19 school year, the program served 117 classrooms (107 tours), reaching a total of 2,522 students in 17 private and 32 public schools! This was made especially tricky with several cancellations and make-ups due to school snow closures in February! These people led those tours:
In the 2017-2018 school year, the program served 110 classrooms (101 tours), reaching a total of 2,415 students in 20 private and 27 public schools! These people led those tours:
In the 2016-2017 school year, the program served 108 classes (101 tours) – a total of 2,351 students from 20 private and 26 public schools! Here are the people who led those tours:
In the 2015-2016 school year, the program reached 2,608 students in 120 classrooms from 55 schools (30 public and 25 private).
In the 2014-2015 school year, 2,292 students from 104 classrooms in 50 public and private schools participated in the program! Below are the people who led those tours:
In the 2013-2014 school year, 2,066 students from 94 classrooms in 48 public and private schools participated in the program. Below are the people who led those tours:
In the 2012-2013 school year, 2,143 students from 93 classrooms in 48 public and private schools participated in the program. Below are the people who led those tours:
We’d like to send a special shout out – thank you to the all the wonderful vendors, producers, and performers at the Market, who were always so happy to offer a few minutes to share their knowledge and insight with our educational tour groups. Thanks for helping to Make the Market Grow!
A Curriculum Team met several times during the 2012-13 school year to review, update, refine, and develop new materials for the Educational Curriculum Kit that is delivered to each participating classroom three weeks prior to their visit to the Market. Scott led the group, composed of teachers, retired teachers, and an education doctoral student. Here they are at the (almost) end of the school year, l-r: Mark, Scott, Martha, Kelly, Katie, and Christine (Gloria had a schedule conflict).