Science Excursions

Excursion at the Oregon Coast


Join us for a summer science adventure! Get up-close and personal with Oregon's natural and cultural history through one of our expert-led tours. Looking for something closer to home? Check out our Behind the Scenes tour at the museum.

Fort Rock Cave Tour
**FULL as of April 27. Email to be placed on a waiting list.

Thursday, June 28 | 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • In 1938, UO excavations at Fort Rock Cave uncovered dozens of sagebrush bark sandals from beneath a layer of ancient volcanic ash. Today, the 10,000-year-old sandals remain the world’s oldest known footwear, putting Oregon’s Great Basin on the map as a key region in the story of the First Americans. Join us for a special, small-group excursion to this National Heritage site and explore the area’s deep human history.

Fossil Finding on the Oregon Coast
Wednesday, July 18 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Investigate the natural history and fossil record of the beautiful Oregon Coast. Led by MNCH paleontologist Edward Davis, we’ll explore the dunes in Florence and look for fossils on Beverly Beach near Newport.

Coastal Geology
**FULL as of July 24. Email to be placed on a waiting list.

Saturday, August 4 | 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Explore the amazing landscapes and geology of the Oregon Coast with Marli Miller, UO geologist and author of Roadside Geology of Oregon. The group will travel from Eugene to the central Oregon Coast, examining fascinating rock formations all along the way.


Space is limited and preregistration is required. Science excursions are $55 per person; $45 for MNCH members. Transportation from the museum is provided. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing, and bring a lunch.

Registration form, waiver, and full payment must be received to secure your spot.

For more information please contact the education department at or call 541-346-1694.