Community Outreach Programs

The museum brings amazing, interactive learning experiences to libraries, community organizations, and special events around the state. Request yours today! 

  • Family Library Programs (great for other community venues, too!)Outreach Program
    Oregon libraries can enhance their family programs and connect audiences to Oregon’s natural and cultural history by hosting a visit from the MNCH outreach program. Our 60-90 minute program experiences are tailored to family audiences and each one includes a book reading, a short program presentation, and activity tables offering touchable specimens and hands-on activities. 

    The family library programs are presented by a museum educator and are available to travel throughout Oregon. The program requires space for multiple activity tables (approximately 6-10), but setup is flexible depending on library and audience size.

Family Library Program Options

NEW for 2019 
Our Place in Space
Ever wonder how Earth fits in among the planets, stars, and galaxies? Through science experiments and other fun activites, you'll explore what makes our planet so special and learn how we can keep it that way. This program is designed to complement the Collaborative Summer Library Program's 2019 theme, A Universe of Stories (Space).    

Oregon Rocks!
Take off on a 
geology adventure and explore our ever-changing planet Earth. Dig into rocks, fossils, earthquakes and volcanoes through hands-on activities and rockin’ specimens, discovering the dynamic forces that have shaped Oregon’s landscape over time.

Boy in lab coat

Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies
Build a shelter, design a boat, weave a shoe, or invent a fishing tool! Try out your own engineering skills while discovering technologies designed by Oregon’s first engineers. Native American people have long used science and engineering to create effective tools, homes, clothing, cooking methods and more - passing this knowledge down through generations. Many of these innovations are still being used today! Join us to explore a collection of Oregon artifacts from the museum and engage in fun, hands-on engineering challenges.

Move Like a Mammoth
Mammoth GirlCan you pounce like a saber tooth cat, lift like a mammoth, or stroll like a giant ground sloth? Get moving as you discover how these and other amazing ancient animals ran, swam, leaped, climbed, and ate their way through Oregon’s history. Explore fossils, bones and teeth while comparing ancient animals to those living in Oregon today.

Program Costs

  • Family Library Program fee is $110 for a 60-90 minute program
  • Mileage expenses ($0.545 per mile) apply for locations outside of the Eugene/Springfield area 
  • Additional travel expenses may apply if an overnight stay is necessary
  • Fees for other types of community programs are determined based on specific needs and interests

To schedule a community outreach program, please complete and submit a program request form (online or download) at least one month prior to your requested program date, including a description of your specific interests and needs.

**For summer 2019 programs, we give priority to requests submitted by Tuesday, January 8.
All requests submitted by January 8 will be used to create the intital summer schedule and we will notify you of your confirmed spot by January 23. Requests submitted after January 8 will be scheduled as space permits. 

For more information:

Contact the MNCH outreach program at or 541-346-5019.

Visit our Classroom Outreach Programs page to learn more about programs that can visit your K-8 classrooms.


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