SCHOOL RESERVATIONS: (For group or event reservations, please fill out the Group & Event Reservations tab above)
Thank you for your interest in coming to the End of the Oregon Trail. Our focus is to give your students an interactive, hands on experience at the End of the Oregon Trail Center. Your visit to the Oregon Trail Center and Country Store includes an orientation to the Oregon Trail, displays and artifacts to view and read, along with 19th century hands on activities such as pioneer puzzles, dress up, and laundry. Your interpretive guide in period attire will share stories and information about the Oregon Trail and early life in Oregon City. End your visit with time spent on Abernethy Green playing pioneer games such as “graces” and “gunny sack races”. Enjoy your own sack lunches in our covered picnic shelter. School visit content is based on the Oregon Department of Education Content Standards.
4th Grade Program: The group presentation given by a trained interpreter in period dress will include the following information based on Oregon State Education Standards for 4th Grade:
- Preparing for the Journey
- Life on the Oregon Trail with an emphasis on children
8th Grade Program: The group presentation given by a trained interpreter in period dress will include the following information based on Oregon State Education Standards for 8th Grade:
- The conflict between the US and Great Britain over the Oregon Country
- Which classes and ethnicities traveled the Trail
- What factors spurred immigration to Oregon, Manifest Destiny
- Women’s rights in claiming land
Both programs may choose from the following activities:
Letter Writing -- Read actual letters from Pioneers and write your very own letter home from the End of the Oregon Trail
Master Gardener-- Visit with our Master Gardner, learn about what things you would plant after you arrive in Oregon, how you would plant them and the uses of these plants
Pioneer Games -- Enjoy some time playing the games pioneer children played. Activities will be indoor or outdoor based on the weather. Pioneer Dress Up --Use our costumes and dress up as a pioneer. Great photo op!
Butter Making -- Learn about butter making during this period both on and off the trail. Make and taste your own butter.
Candle Making -- Learn about candle making. Dip your own candles.
Packing the Wagon -- Time to leave for Oregon! Learn about the supplies you will need and how they will fit in a wagon.
Cost: Basic Program starting at $90.00 up to 20 people - includes two activities (One from list A and one from List B) - additional activities will be charged accordingly
Basic program is approx. 1.5 hours long and each additional activity will add to the time and cost. Your interpreter will work with you prior to your visit to arrange any of these add on activies. We invite your students to join “Who’s Traveling the Trail” and become part of our history by writing their story about their experience at the End of the Oregon Trail. We have period dress and props to take pictures in the Country Store to submit on our website. Photo release forms are available here. Journal Kits ($6.50) are coming soon!
We hope you will also enjoy the resources available at the Mt. Hood Territory Visitor Center, an Oregon State Welcome Center, where you will find brochures, books and assistance from our friendly staff with planning the rest of your adventure around Oregon City, Clackamas County and more.
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After we receive your request, a History Interpreter will contact you directly to help customize your visit. For more information, please email us here. We look forward to seeing you!