Adult / Senior Group Programs
Experience the End of the Oregon Trail in Historic Oregon City with a historically-clothed interpreter to guide your group through the exhibits and feature film, “Bound for Oregon”. This 30-minute film traces the true stories of four pioneers making their way to Oregon. Elizabeth Dixon Smith, John Minto, Lucy Henderson, and Joel Palmer came from different backgrounds, and were motivated by different goals, but all faced the hardships and the joys of the Trail. Hear their experiences in their own words – taken from their journals and letters – interwoven with the narration of John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon. In addition to the interpretive center, our site has many more great features we hope you will enjoy. Historic Abernethy Green is perfect for picnics, and the visitor lounge is a state welcome center with complimentary coffee, tea, travel brochures, and assistance from friendly staff who can help you plan the rest of your adventure.
Standard Adult / Senior Program — 1 hour and 30 minutes — $13.00 a person / Minimum $260.00 per group
*Including a presentation/tour of the museum (1 hour) and movie (30 minutes)
Customized Adult / Senior Program — 2 hours –$15.00 a person / Minimum $300.00 per group
*In addition to the presentation/tour of the museum (1 hour) and movie (30 minutes), groups can also enjoy an extra 30 minute presentation from one of our partners:
Master Gardeners: Master Gardener volunteers are available by request to meet with groups to talk about gardening in pioneer times and the sustainable gardening practices still used today. Presentations are tailored to the ages and interests of the group, with the possibility of a hands-on project in the demonstration garden when time and weather allow. Groups are always welcome to visit the heritage garden, which is representative of plants grown by the pioneers in the 1860s and includes heirloom roses, vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Find out more about the End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Garden, visit the blog or the Clackamas County Master Gardeners webpage.
“Heartstrings” Music Option: Enjoy the musical presentation of Nancy and Rob Downie in “Heartstrings”. They play a variety of instruments from the Oregon Trail era including hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, acoustic bass, and banjo. Their 30-minute program includes a history of the songs and instruments and a sing-along musical performance (lyric sheets provided) with familiar tunes such as Camptown races, Oh Susanna, and many more. Find out more about “Heartstrings” here .
Dancing on the Prairie: Experience the dances of Pioneer Times! Alene Hochstetter of “Passport to Dance” will lead students in an old-fashioned Barn Dance. Dancing was one of the most important recreational activities for the Pioneers of the west. During this 30-45-minute program, students will learn several easy and exciting dances that were popular during the Oregon Trail era. They will also enjoy learning basic steps such as do-si-do, swing your partner, and promenade. Find out more about Passport to Dance here.
After we receive your request, a History Interpreter will contact you directly to help customize your visit. We look forward to seeing you!
Annual Group Pass for facilities are also available. Find out more here