2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
It’s our mission to provide quality, engaging, maritime-themed learning opportunities that will excite and inspire our visiting students.
All programs are student-focused and activity-based.
Learning Labs will be offered Monday through Friday starting in October 2022
for 2nd grade through 12th grade students of all abilities.
Classes of up to 30 students are charged $100(*) each.
This includes the selected educational program and admission to the museum for students and adult chaperones (ratio 1:5).
Additional adults will be charged $8 per person. Contact us for information regarding students with a 1:1 aide.
Free to all Clatsop County Schools.
Registration for 2022-23 is now OPEN.
Bus transportation scholarships (Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook Counties) are provided with support from
the Northwest STEM Hub and are available by application.
* Shark Dissection Learning Lab has a $150 specimen fee in addition to the $100 Learning Lab fee
NOTE: Groups coming in for Learning Labs must pay 7 days prior to the scheduled arrival date, or the Lab is subject to cancellation.
Groups that cancel up to 5 days before their scheduled arrival date may receive a refund; groups that cancel within 5 days of their scheduled arrival date are not guaranteed a refund.
Economics of Trade
The Columbia River has been an important trading highway for the people who live along its banks—from sailing ships entering the river for the lucrative fur trade to the modern ships that move automobiles, containers, and bulk grain around the world. This interactive Learning Lab will explore the historic and economic factors involved in trade on the Columbia River. The lab will culminate with a trading activity that encourages students to work with their classmates in order to go home with the items that hold the most value for them.
Gallery Connection: Brix Maritime Hall, Fur Trade Exhibit
Grade Level: 4+
Time: 50 minutes
History of Immigration
Students will travel back in time to the late 1800s, when floods of immigrants were coming to America. Most European immigrants entered on the East Coast through immigration stations like Ellis Island--but what about Asian immigrants? Students will learn how Asian immigrants were treated differently compared to Europeans moving to the West Coast. They will be assigned different names and numbers based on a real ship manifest entering the Columbia River and will act out the different steps in the immigration process, including a stop at "The Ellis Island of the Columbia River"—the Knappton Cove Quarantine Station.
NOTE: To create the most impact, this Learning Lab will have unfair consequences where only SOME students will receive a treat. If you think your students will not be able to handle this, please choose a different program.
Gallery Connection: Brix Maritime Hall
Grade Level: 5+
Time: 1 hour
Lighthouses of the Pacific Northwest
What is the purpose of a lighthouse? How do they work? What was it like to live in a lighthouse? Students will explore the science behind the Fresnel lens, learn about the sentinels of the Graveyard of the Pacific, explore life as a lighthouse family, and build their own miniature model of Cape Disappointment Lighthouse to take home.
Gallery Connection: Lightship Columbia, Navigation Gallery
Grade Level: 2+
Time: 1 hour
Vitamin A was desperately needed during World War II to improve night vision for pilots. Shark liver oil was found to be a rich source of vitamin A, and fisheries along the Oregon Coast began forming to catch dogfish and soupfin sharks for their liver.
In this Learning Lab, students will work in pairs to dissect Squalus acanthias (dogfish). Sharks are fascinating fishes with a cartilaginous skeleton, extremely large liver, and a tough skin covered in placoid scales. Students will observe the exterior of the shark before moving into an internal exploration that focuses on the amazing and oily liver.
*A specimen fee of $150 is included
Grade Level: 7+
Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes