Education

For High School and College Bound youth

The Port of Tacoma may be able to provide a tour for students, an internship, apprenticeship, or provide a connection to a particular career in the Maritime industry. Please contact us if you are interested in any of these options.

Elementary school program

We have developed tools to introduce elementary school students to the concepts of trade and economics, along with how Port activities impact their community.

Designed with the Tacoma School District, the elementary school program is tailored for third grade students but has been successfully used in second and fourth grade classrooms. The mix-and-match elements make it easy to integrate the curriculum into lessons. Links to training programs can be found in the right column of this page.

Teacher/Home School resource handbook

The in-class activities and worksheets found in the teacher resource handbook can be used individually or along with our third grade reading book, Gateway to the World.

Gateway to the World reading book

Copies of "Gateway of the World: The Story of Pierce County's Port" are available free of charge to Pierce County elementary schools and home school groups. Request copies.

Foss Waterway Seaport Museum

The Foss Waterway Seaport Museum has a number of educational programs for all ages of children. The museum also offers classroom field trips.  For more information, see https://fosswaterwayseaport.org/education-programs/ or call (253) 272-2750.

Mapping ocean currents with rubber ducks

In January 1992, a container vessel traveling from Hong Kong to the Port of Tacoma encountered a large storm. Twelve containers washed overboard into the Pacific Ocean, including one filled with 29,000 rubber ducks, frogs, beavers and turtles.
Caught in ocean currents, the rubber ducks circled the globe and were found on shores around the world. They appeared on the U.S. West Coast 10 months after the storm, in Japan and Hawaii between 1992 and 1995, on the U.S. East Coast between 1995 and 2000, and in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2007. The rubber ducks’ journey inspired Eric Carle’s children's book "10 Little Rubber Duckies” and the adult book “Moby Duck”. Both books are available at book sellers everywhere.