Bring your youth group to the museum this summer to inspire wonder about our natural and cultural worlds. All programs are taught by trained museum educators. Pre-registration is required. Each guided program includes a hands-on activity in the classroom and an exhibit tour.


A silhouette of a baby mammoth and adult mammoth walking

45-60 minutes
Create your own adventure! Explore the museum at your own pace. We just ask that groups have a 1:8 ratio of adult chaperones to youths. 

Three young people as sloths at Fun in the Sun.

Fridays and Saturdays in July and August
60-90 minutes
Bring your group to the native plant courtyard for hands-on, bilingual English-Spanish activities that will spark curiosity about our past, present, and future. Participate in activities for 30 minutes and then explore the rest of the museum exhibits at your own pace.

  • July 7-8 and July 14-15: Move Like a Mammoth
  • 21-22 and 28-29: STEM is for Everyone!
  • August 4-5 and 11-12: Engineer It! Exploring Native Innovation
  • August 18-19 and 25-26: Oregon Rocks!
Photo of several children engaged with museum activities with a leader.

60-90 minutes
Explore the past and delve into the future with a guided tour! All programs are taught by trained museum educators. Your visit will include 30 minutes in the classroom, 20-30 minutes for a guided exhibit tour, and 30 minutes of self-explore time.

  • Fun with Fossils
    Discover the natural history and geology of Oregon! Be a scientist for a day, handling and classifying items like fossils and volcanic rocks, and see the fossils on display in the Explore Oregon exhibit.
  • Oregon Archaeology Detectives
    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.
  • Camas Oven (best for 5-7 year olds)
    Build a replica of a camas oven and “cook” camas bulbs—once the most important food staple of the Western Valley. 
  • Cost is $4 for youths and $6 for adults. A $1-per-person discount will be applied if group pays all together.

  • Group size is limited to 35 youths.
  • Only one group can visit at a time, however, we can schedule groups back-to-back on the same day.
  • Summer field trip visits are available Tuesdays through Sundays between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. To inquire about other times please contact us at 541-346-0877 or
  • Please submit your visit request at least two weeks prior to your requested date.
  • Information on directions and parking can be found on the Visit page.


Ready to sign up? Request your program today.

Questions? Contact us at or 541-346-0877.


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