Community Outreach Programs

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

  • Discovery Tables
    Discovery Tables present fascinating specimens and artifacts, encourage hands-on learning, and can be customized to meet specific audience needs and interests.
  • Library Summer Reading Programs 
    Oregon libraries can enhance their summer reading programs and connect audiences to Oregon’s natural and cultural history by hosting a visit from the MNCH outreach program. Our one-hour program experiences are tailored to family audiences and each one includes a Outreach Programbook reading, a short program presentation, and activity tables offering touchable specimens and hands-on activities. 

    The library summer reading program is presented by a museum educator and is 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. 

    The following program is designed to support the 2017 National Children’s Summer Library Program theme – “Build a Better World.”

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.

The Move Like a Mammoth program, designed to support the 2016 reading program theme – “Get Ready, Get Set…Read!” – is also available during 2017.

Move Like a MammothOutreach Program
Can 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.

Community Outreach Program Cost

  • Library summer reading program fee - $85 for a one-hour program
  • Other community program fees are determined based on specific needs and interests
  • Mileage expenses ($0.575 per mile) apply for locations outside of the Eugene/Springfield area 
  • Additional travel expenses may apply if an overnight stay is necessary

Scheduling/Planning
To schedule a community outreach program, please complete and submit an Community Outreach 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.

Community Outreach Program Request Form: Online or Download

For more information, contact the MNCH outreach program at mnchoutreach@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-5019.


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