Guided Education Programs for K-12

The museum offers a variety of learning adventures to complement your classroom instruction. Each program is specifically tailored to your students' grade and ability levels. Programs are 60 minutes in length for grades PreK-2 and 90 minutes in length for grades 3-12.

Students explores Oregon's natural history at the MNCH













Choose from the following program options:

Camas Oven (Grades PreK-2)
Explore Oregon landscapes and the history of Northwest Native cultures. Build a replica of a camas oven and “cook” camas bulbs - once the most important food staple of the Western Valley.

Animal Tracks (Grades PreK-2)
Who's been wandering through the museum? Follow the tracks to find out! Learn about different animals and the clues their tracks leave behind.

Fun with Fossils (Grades K-2)
Discover the natural history and geology of Oregon! Be a scientist for a day, handling and classifying items like fossils and volcanic rocks.

Oregon Archaeology Detective (Grades 3-5)
Put on your detective hat and uncover clues about Oregon's past. Develop and test your own hypothesis as you tour the Oregon – Where Past is Present exhibit.

The Famous Fossil Find (Grades 3-6)
Be a paleontologist for a day! Identify mysterious creatures by piecing together clues found throughout the Explore Oregon exhibit.

Ride the Rock Cycle (Grades 3-8)
Journey through the eons and examine Earth's dynamic geology. From sandstone to serpentinite, you'll learn how different rocks fit into the spectacular story of the rock cycle.

Adapt, Move, or Go Extinct (Grades 4-8)
Investigate Oregon's ecosystems and learn how plants and animals adapt to changing environments. Tour through the exhibit Explore Oregon to see what habitats and animals we have here.

Cultural Scene Investigation (Grades 6-12)
Examine artifacts and oral histories – and reconstruct a moment in Oregon’s history! Explore the Oregon - Where Past is Present exhibit hall to help build the scene and learn more about Native Americans in Oregon.