Whether exploring the past with the mighty mammoth or delving into the future of our planet's ecosystems, the museum offers a wide variety of exciting, inquiry-based learning adventures for K-12 classes and youth groups.
All programs are taught by trained museum educators and are aligned with state and national standards. Pre-registration is required. Each program is specifically tailored to your students' grade and ability levels, and includes a hands-on activity in the classroom and an exhibit tour. Program cost is $2 per student for school-affiliated groups; there is no charge for teachers or adult chaperones. (For adults with non-school-affiliated groups, the fee is $6 or $4 for seniors).  

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Programs for Kindergarten through Grade 2
  • Animal Tracks  (60 minutes) 
    Who's been wandering through the museum? Follow the tracks to find out! Learn about different animals and the clues their tracks leave behind.
  • Camas Oven (60 minutes) 
    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. See what other foods are important as you tour the cultural history exhibit, Oregon–Where Past is Present.
  • Fun with Fossils (60 minutes) 
    Discover the natural history and geology of Oregon! Be a scientist for a day, handling and classifying items like fossils and volcanic rocks. See what fossils are on display in the Explore Oregon exhibit.
Programs for Grades 3-5
  • Oregon Archaeology Detectives (90 minutes)
    Grades 3-5
    Put on your detective hat and uncover clues about Oregon's past. Learn about the Tribes that have lived here since time immemorial. Develop and test your own hypothesis as you tour cultural history exhibit, Oregon–Where Past is Present.
  • Famous Fossil Find (90 minutes) 
    Grades 3-5
    Be a paleontologist for a day! Identify mysterious creatures by piecing together clues found throughout the Explore Oregon exhibit.
  • Ride the Rock Cycle (90 minutes) 
    Grades 3-5
    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. Discover what rocks are found in Oregon in the Explore Oregon exhibit.
     
  • Adapt, Move, or Go Extinct (90 minutes) 
    Grades 4-5
    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.
     
  • Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Era (90 minutes, available November 2019 through May 2020)
    Grades 3-5
    What was life like for African Americans living in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s? What obstacles did they experience? What are we still working on today? Through a guided tour, hands-on activity, and discussions, students will learn about the civil rights era in Oregon and specifically Eugene.
Programs for Grades 6-8
  • Famous Fossil Find (90 minutes) 
    Grades 6-8
    Be a paleontologist for a day! Identify mysterious creatures by piecing together clues found throughout the Explore Oregon exhibit.
     
  • Ride the Rock Cycle (90 minutes) 
    Grades 6-8
    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. Discover what rocks are found in Oregon in the Explore Oregon exhibit.
     
  • Adapt, Move, or Go Extinct (90 minutes) 
    Grades 6-8
    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 (90 minutes)
    Grades 6-8
    Examine artifacts and oral histories – and reconstruct a moment in Oregon’s history! Explore the Oregon - Where Past is Present exhibit to help build the scene and learn about Native Americans in Oregon.
     
  • Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Era (90 minutes, available November 2019 through May 2020)
    Grades 6-8
    What was life like for African Americans living in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s? What obstacles did they experience? What are we still working on today? Through a guided tour, hands-on activity, and discussions, students will learn about the civil rights era in Oregon and specifically Eugene.
Programs for Grades 9-12
  • Cultural Scene Investigation (90 minutes)
    Grades 9-12
    Examine artifacts and oral histories – and reconstruct a moment in Oregon’s history! Explore the Oregon - Where Past is Present exhibit to help build the scene and learn about Native Americans in Oregon.
     
  • Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Era (90 minutes, available November 2019 through May 2020)
    Grades 9-12
    What was life like for African Americans living in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s? What obstacles did they experience? What are we still working on today? Through a guided tour, hands-on activity, and discussions, students will learn about the civil rights era in Oregon and specifically Eugene
Scheduling and Planning

Please submit an education program request form at least two weeks prior to your requested date. Each program is limited to 35 students; groups of 16 or more will be split into two smaller groups.

  • Only one program can run at a time, however we can schedule groups back-to-back on the same day.
  • Programs are available Tuesdays through Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Programs include a hands-on activity in the museum classroom and a guided exploration of a related exhibit.
  • Pre- and post-visit materials and lesson plans can be found on the Educator Resources page.
Scholarships

2019-20 school year scholarships will be available starting September 1, 2019. 

Any school with at least 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch may apply. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis starting September 1. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the program and museum admission. To apply, please complete the scholarship request portion of the education program request form. Scholarship applications without an accompanying program request will not be considered.

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Questions? Contact the museum's education coordinator at mnhtours@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1694.

Interested in checking out the museum before visiting with your students? Email mnhtours@uoregon.edu for a FREE educator pass.

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SPENDING THE DAY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON?
  • Two museums in one day:  Visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for a memorable arts education experience. Read our new guide to visiting both museums in one day!
  • Campus tours: Schedule a walking tour of campus.
  • Scavenger hunt: Follow the clues to find interesting and important items on campus (clues and directions can be found on the Educator Resources page).
  • Lunch: The UO campus has a number of lunch options. Check out the food lineup at Erb Memorial Union, choose from the many casual restaurants surrounding the campus, or bring a lunch to enjoy picnic-style in our Native Plant CourtyardPlease note, food is not allowed inside the museum.

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