Join a science adventure. Get up-close and personal with Oregon's geology, history, and ecosystems through one of our expert-led tours.  

Our 2020 and 2021 excursions were canceled due to the pandemic, but we're looking forward to resuming these programs in 2022. In the meantime, you can check out some of our past programs, and stay tuned for an announcement in the spring! Questions? Email




Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Oregon Dunes

At the Oregon Dunes, desert-like landscapes converge with rivers, ocean, and forests—supporting a remarkably diverse ecosystem of plants and animals. Come learn about this unique and vital habitat on a hike with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative. The trip will involve a two-mile hike across dunes near Florence; be prepared for a walk over dry and wet sand and uneven ground. 

 Marys Peak

Ecology and Culture at Marys Peak 

Join the museum and the Marys Peak Alliance for a hike to the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range. On this naturalist-led hike, you'll explore Marys Peak's ecology and cultural history while hiking just over two miles and gaining 440 feet in elevation.  


Connley Caves archaeological site

Northern Great Basin Archaeology 

Oregon has deep stories to tell about North America's First Peoples. Join the museum for a unique summer excursion to the Northern Great Basin, home to some of the continent's oldest cultural sites. The trip will feature a visit to an active archaeological excavation at Connley Caves, where you'll learn about the region's history and explore current research with museum archaeologist Andrew Boehm and Texas A&M archaeologist Katelyn McDonough. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and outdoor clothing, and bring a lunch. 


Fort Yamhill Blockhouse

Grand Ronde and Fort Yamhill 

In the 19th century, the United States government moved more than 27 western Oregon Tribes from their ancestral lands to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation and established Fort Yamhill to monitor the reservation's eastern border. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History invites you on an excursion to the area, where you'll learn about its complex social history. We'll explore Fort Yamhill, one of the best-preserved Northwest forts from the era, and visit The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde's Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center for a guided tour. The trip will include an easy guided hike (less than one mile and 100 feet of elevation gain).