Welcome 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 (PFEC) is now operated under the leadership of Airway Science for Kids (ASK). This regional partnership merges education programs and resources to expand the Education Center’s reach to inspire youth to pursue aviation STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) 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 (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education and training programs at its North Portland Aerospace Training Center, at Hillsboro and Aurora airports, and online curriculum.


Open Saturdays

Open every other Saturday from 10am-2pm, the Pearson Field Education Center is the ideal location for youth of all ages to experience STEM education through aviation.

We feature a 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.

See when the next open Saturday is here! or add this event to your calendar 


STEAM Camps and Classes

Pearson Field Education Center’s programming has always sought to engage and inspire kids to challenge their knowledge base, learn new concepts, and consider careers in STEAM fields including aviation. The partnership between ASK and PFEC seeks to bolster access to the communities we serve as we expand programming availability. Check in soon for upcoming events and classes!


Historical Significance

Pearson Field is the oldest operating airfield in the Pacific NW and one of the two oldest continuously operating airfields in the United States, receiving recognition in 2012 as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dating back to Lincoln Beachey’s landing of the Dirigible Gelatine in 1905, the field has seen army operations for aircraft parts during WWI, regular army flights beginning in 1921, reserve fliers from the 321st Observation Squadron, and the landing of the first non-stop transpolar flight by the Russian ANT-25.
The field continues to serve the region as a vital general aviation center while the aviation education center serves the important roles of preserving the field’s rich aviation heritage and educating all ages in general aviation.