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Programming Suspended February 13-18th

As we prepare for our Blue Skies and Tailwinds Open House, all Airway Science after school programming will be temporarily suspended February 13th-18th.

In addition to no after school programming, this means no Open Saturday  at Pearson Field on Saturday Feb 18th.

The final date for ACCESS will continue as scheduled. Regular programming will resume February 20th.

Please reach out to info@airsci.org with any questions

Tickets available for Blue Skies and Tailwinds Fundraiser and Celebration

We invite everyone to join us on February 17th for our Blue Skies and Tailwinds Celebration, an opportunity for our community to grow further and fly higher!

You’ll have a chance to meet our staff, volunteers, and some Airway Science Alumni who are excited to show off the work they’ve completed in our programs. Additionally, you can hear inspirational stories, connect with industry leaders in STEAM, and learn more about current and upcoming offerings at various Airway Science Locations. Not to mention heavy apps, wine, and beer!

Ticket prices are set so this event is available to everyone, so please don’t let that get in the way of you and your family attending. If the cost still is restrictive for you, please reach out to julia@airsci.org

Friday, February 17 at 5:30 PM

The Hangar (Pearson Field Education Center)
201B E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661 [map]


Learn more and purchase tickets at airsci.org/blue-skies

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Pearson Field Education Center New hours - Every Saturday 10am-3pm After School Clubs Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm Registration required

Pearson Field Education Center reopens with new hours

As of January 2023 Pearson Field Education Center is now open every Saturday from 10am-3pm and remains free to attend.

Pearson Field Education Center is the ideal location for youth of all ages to experience STEM education through aviation.

Join us for fun with our flight simulator lab, vertical wind table, glider building, historic airplanes and collections on display, and various educational programs.

Experience aviation at the first airport in the Pacific Northwest, and the second oldest continuously operating airfield in the country.

Children must be accompanied by an adult when attending Open Saturday.

Questions? pfec@airsci.org

Interested in after school activities? Learn more about our new programming here

Exciting changes are happening at Pearson Field Education Center

The Historic Trust and Airway Science for Kids are excited to announce that programming at the Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center is now operated under the leadership of Airway Science for Kids. This regional partnership merges education programs and resources to expand the Education Center’s reach to inspire youth to pursue aviation STEM education and careers.

The expanded offerings at Pearson Field Education Center include weekly open Saturday programs, after school programs, partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy’s Aviation Technology program and summer camps for youth in Southwest Washington. The partnership with The Historic Trust builds on Airway Science for Kids’ current STEAM education and training programs at its North Portland Aerospace Training Center, at Hillsboro and Aurora airports, and online curriculum.

“By combining these two great programs Southwest Washington youth and their families will have the best of both worlds: An incredible aerospace-based STEAM program with a connection to our community’s rich and diverse aviation history,” said Temple Lentz, CEO of The Historic Trust.

Airway Science for Kids was founded 30 years ago by Bob Strickland to create equity and opportunities through aviation STEAM education. It has inspired and opened doors for thousands of youth, welcoming to all, with a focus on kids of color, kids living on low incomes, girls, and other kids who may face barriers. “This partnership opens up more education and opportunities for our youth, and we are looking forward to working with volunteers, community partners and supporters of Pearson Field Education Center to best serve Southwest Washington youth,” said Julia Cannell, Executive Director, Airway Science for Kids.

Find Pearson Field Education Center

We’re located in a hangar on Pearson Field
at 201 A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA 98661

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Through aviation, we inspire youth to pursue education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, while instilling an appreciation for the people, events, and innovations of historic Pearson Field.


  • We envision Pearson Field Education Center as a nationally recognized model for experiential STEM based K-12 education, uniquely combined with the appreciation and inspiration provided by integrating the rich history of Pearson Field and the people and events that came before us.
  • We envision Pearson Field Education Center and historic Pearson Field as the entry point to a thriving STEM/aviation cluster within a 100-mile radius of the oldest continuously operating airfield in the Pacific Northwest and one of the two oldest continuously operating airfields in the country. This includes locally available access to education at all levels, a healthy and growing family of STEM/aviation related businesses and the jobs they offer.