9:30am to 5pm daily

1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

In Your Classroom

From museum educator-led presentations to object-rich trunks, CRMM offers a wealth of material for your classroom.

Museum in the Schools

Can’t make it to the Museum this school year? We will send a highly trained museum educator to visit your school and facilitate an exciting array of hands-on programs.

All programs support Common Core and National Curriculum and are FREE to schools in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Clark Counties.

Please coordinate your visit request with other teachers at your school, as we must visit a minimum of four classrooms per trip.

2017-2018 Programs

The Life Cycle of Pacific Salmon

Grades: K-3
The mighty salmon was the largest contributing factor in the establishment of Astoria and the surrounding area. From the first canneries to the last gillnetters, the salmon continue to use the Columbia River as a major link to the spawning grounds where they create new life. The amazing life cycle of the salmon is explored through film, history, hands-on samples and activities that all will enjoy.

Bridges: Spanning the Gap

Grades 3-5
Imagine your life without bridges. We take them for granted every day, but bridges are a very important part of our transportation system. Our life would become much more difficult without bridges, whether they are small foot bridges crossing our creeks, or large bridges that span rivers. This program will introduce students to the basics of bridge design and building and will conclude with a hands-on activity.

Part 1: First Comes an Earthquake

Grades 3-5
In this two-part program, students will learn about earthquakes and how to survive “The Big One.” Students will work in teams to explore the engineering design process of earthquake proof structures and will design, build, and test model buildings that can withstand a great quake.

*If registering for this program, it is recommended to also register for Next Comes a Tsunami.

Part 2: Next Comes a Tsunami

Grades 3-5
Having already learned about earthquakes, students will now learn about some of the most devastating tsunamis in history. Students will understand how and why tsunamis are formed and what to do in an emergency. After exploring tsunamis that have occurred in the Pacific Northwest, students will then engineer buildings to test for tsunami-resistance.

*This program uses a tsunami wave generator and should take place in a set location with access to water.

Trading at the Dalles-Celilo Rendezvous

Grades 4-5
For thousands of years, American Indians had a well-developed trade economy based on a system of barter. Indians came from every direction to trade, fish, socialize, and exchange at the largest center for trade in the Pacific Northwest, The Dalles-Celilo Rendezvous. Students will explore trade goods through film, stories and artifacts, as well as participate in an engaging trading activity.


Grades K-5
Oregon became an economic colony dominated by the timber industry. Timber went into building houses, shops and schools in communities across the Pacific Northwest. Trees grown in the Pacific Northwest were shipped from the lower Columbia region to markets around the world. In this lesson, students will learn through film and activities about the history of the timber industry in the lower Columbia region and how it transformed the Pacific Northwest.

For questions about presentation logistics or content, please contact the Education Manager, Nate Sandel at 503.325.2323.

Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks are available for a two-week loan period. Click here to reserve a trunk.

For questions about Traveling Trunk logistics or content, please contact the Field Educator at 503.325.2323.


Class inside Clatsop County $20
Class outside Clatsop County $30

Delivery options

One-way UPS shipment at an additional cost of $30, or pick up at the Museum's main entrance. The borrower is solely responsible for returning the trunk to the Museum, either through direct drop off or by arranging for shipment.

Trunks Available

Captain Gray’s Sea Chest

Grades: 3-8
Captain Robert Gray’s Sea Chest illuminates the story of seafaring, exploration, and the American presence in the Pacific Northwest. Investigate the historical replica items, videos and music using the Educator's Guide inside Gray’s chest to give your students a truly hands-on experience.

Early Astoria

Grades: 1-8
As the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains Astoria has served as the site of many exciting expeditions including the Lewis and Clark voyage, and establishment of the Astor Fur Trading Post. The Early Astoria Trunk provides a hands-on experience for your students to connect artifacts and replicas to these adventures.

Lines, Helms, and Deadeyes: Maritime Simple Machines

Grades: K-8
The Maritime Simple Machines Trunk highlights the 6 simple machines students use every day. Using hands-on replicas, archival footage and an educator’s guide, your students will learn the ropes aboard a square-rigged ship.

Pacific Northwest Weather

Grades: K-12
From beautiful summer days to destructive winter storms, the weather in the Pacific Northwest is unique and exhilarating. The Pacific Northwest Weather trunk provides students with the tools to become meteorologists and hydrologists just like employees at NOAA. Use replicas, video footage, and an educator's guide to lead your students on this storm of knowledge.