Our K-8 outreach programs challenge students to be scientists or social scientists for a day, exploring Oregon’s geology, archaeology, history, and more—all in your classroom or school! 

Each program is taught by a trained museum educator and is aligned with Oregon and national content standards in science or social studies.

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Natural History and Science Programs
  • Ice Age Creature Features (Grades K-1) 
    Meet the amazing animals that roamed Oregon during the last Ice Age, and learn about the adaptations that helped them thrive in their environment.
    Requires a 6:1 child/adult ratio – great fun for parent volunteers!
  • Exploring Fossils (Grades 1-3) 
    See, touch, sort, and make predictions about real fossils. Discover how fossils are formed and what they can tell us about Oregon's ancient life and landscapes.
  • Ancient Animals of Oregon (Grades 2-5) 
    Study the skulls and teeth of modern animals and compare them with species from oregon's deep past, like the sabertooth cat, mammoth, and dire wolf. Students will visit activity stations to discover what teeth can tell us about an animal's diet. 
     
  • The Study of Skulls (Grades 6-8) 
    Skeletons can tell us a great deal about how animals eat, see, move, and much more. Investigate the features of different animal skulls and bones to discover how these animals survive in their environments.
  • Rocks on the Road (Grades 4-5)
    Take off on a geology adventure and explore our dynamic planet through hands-on activities and rockin' specimens. A fun introduction to the rock cycle and how rocks form and change over time.
History and Culture Programs
  • Oregon’s First Engineers (Grades 1-2)
    For millennia, Native Americans have used science and engineering to create tools, homes, clothing, and more – passing this knowledge down through generations. Explore artifacts designed by Oregon’s first engineers and try out your own engineering skills.
  • Investigating Artifacts (Grades 3-5) 
    Explore cultural artifacts from the four geographic regions of the state and discover how Oregon’s diverse Native peoples utilized the available natural resources to thrive in all types of environments.
  • Adventures in Archaeology (Grades 6-8)
    Become a history detective! Examine cultural artifacts and oral history to uncover clues about what life was like thousands of years ago for Oregon’s diverse Native peoples.
Program Costs
  • $50 per program when scheduling three or more programs
  • $60 per program when scheduling up to two programs
  • Mileage expenses ($0.58/mile) added for locations outside of the Eugene/Springfield area
  • Additional travel expenses may apply when program schedule requires an overnight stay.
Scheduling and Planning
  • Please submit a classroom outreach program request form at least two weeks prior to your requested program date. You will be contacted within one week to confirm your scheduled program dates.
  • Classroom programs are 60 minutes in length and require 15 to 30 minutes to set up and take down. Maximize our time at your school by hosting all programs in one classroom, with different groups of students rotating through one space.
  • One program can accommodate a maximum of 35 students. However, additional classroom programs can be scheduled at the same school on the same day to reach more students.
Scholarships

Scholarship funds are available to help bring the museum's outreach programs to your students. Any school with at least 50% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch may apply. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis starting September 1. The scholarship application is included in the classroom outreach program request form 

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Questions? Contact the museum's outreach program at mnchoutreach@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5019.

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