Bring your youth group to the museum this summer to inspire wonder about the world all around us. 

All guided education programs are taught by trained museum educators. Pre-registration is required. Each guided education program includes a hands-on activity in the classroom and an exhibit tour.


Register here.


Mammoth silhouette

Available Monday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday
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 kids with claws like giant sloths

Available Fridays and Saturdays in July and August 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 12-13 and 19-20: Adventures in Archaeology
  • July 26-27 and August 2-3: Join the Wolf Pack
  • August 9-10 and 16-17: Oregon's Dino-Story
  • August 23-24 and 30-31: Journey Under the Sea
Children clustered around sloth skeleton

Available Tuesdays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
60-90 minutes
Explore the past and delve into the future with a guided education program! 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.

Available programs

  • 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.
  • Underwater Forests  
    Sea stars, urchins, sharks, and otters! Immerse yourself in Oregon’s beautiful kelp forest ecosystem and discover the amazing animals that live in these hidden underwater homes. This program includes a tour of the new Underwater Forests—Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem exhibit.
  • Ooey Gooey Ocean Food Web 
    What does a sea otter eat? How about an urchin? Construct a kelp forest food web after gathering data through hands-on exploration of animal “stomachs”—it will be ooey, gooey fun! This program includes a tour of the new Underwater Forests—Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem exhibit.
  • Zombie Urchin Invasion! 
    How can we save Oregon’s kelp forests from a purple urchin takeover? Examine how climate change and other factors have altered this important underwater ecosystem and discuss what can be done to stop the zombie invasion. This program includes a tour of the new Underwater Forests—Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem exhibit.
  • 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, although we can schedule groups back-to-back on the same day.
  • Summer field trip visits are available Tuesdays through Sundays according to the schedule above. 
  • 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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