Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, we're exploring tall trees, mini mushrooms, feathery ferns, and other plants that call the forest home. 


Little Wonders kit

Little Wonders activity kits: Need a little help gathering the materials for this month's Little Wonders? A limited supply of activity kits will be available for pick-up at the museum starting Thursday, May 20. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.* You can also have your kits mailed to you by completing our online request form

*Open hours are subject to change. Before you pick up your kit at the museum, please call 541-346-3024 or check our Visit page for the most current information:



Looking Closely through the Forest book cover, showing a photo of colorful, dew-dropped leaves in green, gold, and amber colors flowers

Book Suggestion
This month's live, virtual story time is on Friday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. If you missed it, we recommend checking out Looking Closely Through the Forest, by Frank Serafini, from your local library. 

You can register here for next month’s story time on Friday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m., when we'll wade into the watery world of salmon.

The owl mask activity, showing an owl outline a green bowl full of colorful crayons


Owl Mask
Become a forest-dweller with this easy-to-follow guide and mask template

A person rubbing a crayon over paper that's being held against a tree

Bark and Leaf Rubbings
Following these simple instructions, little ones can explore the textures of trees and other forest plants.

An egg carton with each egg chamber holding a leaf, a flower, or other item from the forest

Nature Scavenger Hunt
Explore the variety of colors found in the forest with this guide and our scavenger hunt sheet.  

A photo of a green maple leaf in springtime

The Leaves on the Trees
Sing along with this song and learn about the different parts of the trees that live in the forest. 

Enjoying the Virtual Little Wonders programs?Have a suggestion for us? Provide your feedback through this short survey for a chance to win a free activity kit! Each month, one winner will be randomly selected to receive a Little Wonders activity kit in the mail.

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More online family fun

More Little Wonders Online