The museum offers a variety of public workshops throughout the year. For more information about workshop programming, contact the museum at 541-346-3024.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Traditional Basketry Workshop with Stephanie Craig

Craig basketJoin Stephanie Craig for an afternoon of weaving culture. Participants will use Western red cedar and coastal sweetgrass sedge from Oregon's Willamette Valley to make their own square basket. While practicing traditional Native American techniques, they'll learn about traditional plant use and the legacy of basketry technology in Oregon. 

$50 per person; $40 for MNCH members.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. To register, download and complete the registration form and required waiver
Questions? Contact Ann Craig at or 541-346-3116.

Stephanie Craig (Wood) is traditional basket weaver. As a young Native American Tribal member she is passionate about her responsibility to help educate and document cultural heritage and traditions. She learned her family's weaving history from her mother, grandmother, and aunties, and she pursued academic credentials to further her expertise in history and culture. Stephanie is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, tracing her roots though Santiam, Yoncalla Kalapuya, Umpqua, Takelma Rogue River, Clackamas Chinook, and Iroquois heritage. She holds an interdisciplinary MA from the University of Oregon in folklore, anthropology, and museum studies.

This event is part of the NEA Big Read of How We Became Human, a volume of collected poems by celebrated writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Coordinated by Eugene Public Library, the local NEA Big Read offers a variety of talks, performances, workshops, exhibits, and conversations during February 2018. For a complete events calendar, visit or call 541-682-5450. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


Saturday, April 7, 2018 
New Approaches to Teaching Evolution: A Workshop for High School Educators 

Wolf skullJoin us for a one-day, National Science Foundation-funded workshop focused on new evolution units for high school biology and science classes. Workshop participants will learn about macroevolution and how to use the new, hands-on units in their own classrooms. We’ll also explore the museum's exhibits and learn how they can be used to complement classroom instruction. Participants will be paid a $250 stipend.

The workshop will be led by paleontologist Samantha Hopkins, a faculty member at the University of Oregon and a curator at the MNCH, along with South Eugene High School science teachers Julia Harvey and Danielle Tubman. 

Space is limited to 20 participants, and preregistration is required. To apply or learn more, please contact Samantha Hopkins at