Education, Field Trips & Outreach - Explore Oregon

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Field Trips

Ever want to WORK with other amateurs and professionals in the field?  We participate in interactive labs and field trips exploring Oregon's landscapes.  Trips have taken us to places like the Metolius River to see native plants and to the beach to learn about geology.   


Left: Exploring for licheans on the Metolius.   


UPCOMING FIELD TRIP

Tillamook coast range geology.

Date:  June 8, 2019.

Cost: $15 for non-member (families $25), Free for members.

For logistic email dtaylor@nwmuseum.org

We will look into the 40 million year geologic history of Coast Range east of Tillamook and how it shapes the present geography.  Stay tuned for logistical details and additional excursions.



RECENT FIELD TRIP:    

Ochoco Mountains Geology & Ranchers and the Land they Manage.

Date: September 8th & 9th, 2018

Cost: $15 for non-members (families $25), Free for members.

For logistical details: Please email dtaylor@nwmuseum.org

Trip leaders: Dave Taylor & Phil St. Clair

This trip has two parts: (1) To investigate fossil-bearing rocks deposited 210 to 80 million years ago, and (2) learn how a rancher combines raising his cattle and being a good steward of the land. 

Part 1: We will learn about the geological history of rocks that were laid down in the Suplee-Izee area of Central Oregon during the age of dinosaurs. But, these rocks are marine (dinosaur were land-dwelling) so instead of dinosaurs we will find the squid-like animal, the ammonite, and other subtropical shelled animals. While we will review rocks spanning a wide age-range, our focus will be on the middle part of the Jurassic (about 165 million years ago). The sequence of fossil faunas from the lower part of the Middle Jurassic in Suplee rivals those in other parts of the world. We will have a chance to find fascinating fossils from that time period.

Part 2: Phil and his wife Kristy grew up in Portland, participated in the artistic scene in there, and in their early twenties moved to Izee in 1974. They have been ranching there ever since.  

The upper reaches of the South Fork of the John Day River flows through their land. As a member of the South Fork John Day Watershed Council, Phil is working on projects including juniper tree removal, re-introducing aspen groves, and fencing critical areas adjacent to streams for protection. We will learn about how he balances cattle ranching with projects such as these and he will tell us about the local Redband Rainbow Trout.

Includes camping in Izee area although you may spend the night in John Day (45 miles away) to stay in a motel. 

Outreach Presentations

Jurassic Dinosaurs - Field Notes From a Paleontologist

This includes a powerpoint tour of the Jurassic Parkland of Wyoming. Search for dinosaur bones in the famous Jurassic and Cretaceous fossil fields of Wyoming, and find the skeleton of the great three-horned dinosaur, Triceratops. Also, discover the only dinosaur fossil from Oregon!  


The presentation draws upon current issues in paleontology to demonstrate problem solving in science, and  it introduces ideas on how we learn about dinosaur lifestyles. Students are encouraged to speculate about how dinosaurs raised their young, how they walked (and ran), and the possible use of such structures as Stegosaurus plates or Triceratops horns. Ideas are presented on how the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. Students may also learn about what paleontologists do for a living and what one needs to study to become a paleontologist (details of presentation content depends upon age group).


Following classroom presentations, are hands-on activities in which students handle real bones and teeth of extinct animals. We finish with time for questions and answers. 


Fees: Classroom Presentation: $115

Assembly: $245 

Grades: pre-K through adult. (presentation content depends upon age group).

Length: 1 hour.

Travel charge: Additional fees may apply if travel distance is more than 25 miles. 

For more information or to register, please contact the Association at dtaylor@nwmuseum.org.



Young geologists learning about the geology of Moolack Beach on the Oregon Coast.

Succulents encroaching gradually upon once explosive volcanic cinders.

A seal's view of the Oregon Coast.