Summer Essay Contest Winner – Riley

This summer Wings & Waves Waterpark held an Essay Contest for all ages to write about their experience at the Waterpark. The essay could include your favorite slide, pool, exhibit in the H2O Science Center and more! Riley was the select by the Museum & Waterpark Campus staff as the winner! She won 4 tickets to Wings & Waves Waterpark, and her article was printed in the Museum Campus Magazine, Wingspan. Below is her stellar article – Congrats, Riley!

My Experience at Wings & Waves Waterpark

Written By: Riley / Summer Essay Contest Winner

My name is Riley. I have been to the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark three times and every time I Riley_indoorshave been there, I have had a blast! First, I would like to tell you about my favorite slide, the Nose Dive. The Nose Dive is one of four main slides. It is a two-person slide that you go down on an inner tube.  It’s also a dark ride and a funnel combined in one.  Now the funnel is awesome, but what’s more awesome is that Nose Dive and the other three slides (which are Sonic Boom, Tail Spin, and Mach 1) are all connected to a plane! On the roof of the waterpark! Sonic Boom is the mildest of all the slides. It is a great slide for a beginner. Tail Spin is the darkest and it has a lot of lights flashing inside. Mach 1 is a one-person slide. You are lying on your back with your hands at your sides when you slide down. When you are in the leisure pool, you can see the sliders passing over you on Mach 1. While you are waiting to get to the plane on the top of the waterpark, you can watch a film about how the plane got there. Even though it’s a chilly walk to the top, it is so worth it! 

       I also really enjoy the vortex pool because it is fun being swirled around so you almost cannot get out.  I love the wave pool and watching people go through the Nose Dive funnel on the screen they have by the wave pool. Riley_OutdoorsActually, my whole family likes watching the screen. Oh, and there is also a giant bucket of water that dumps its contents all over the playground beneath.  Upstairs there is The Milky Way Café and the Hands-on H2O center. In the Hands-on H2O center, you learn about rockets, space and how to sail a ship down a river. It’s a whole center on why life needs water.

       There are many ways to learn about why life needs water.  One of the strangest ways is when you are in the locker room. There have a prototype about a toilet works.  Also in the wave pool, there is a gigantic screen where you can answer trivia questions about water and space while you are riding the waves.  As I mentioned before, the H2O center is a great place to learn about space, water, erosion, rivers and lots more.  My brother and I spent hours in there and some examples of learning about space include a space ship, a remote controlled rover and ways you can learn about gravity in space and on earth.  Outside the H2O center, there are mind puzzles that try to trick you.  Another neat display demonstrates the use of pulleys and levers. 

       Even though the Nose Dive is my favorite, I love everything about the water park especially relaxing in the hot tub at the end of a fun day of learning and swimming. I can’t wait to go back!



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Artifact Pick of the Week: North American P-51D Mustang


Written By: Hanna Brandt / Curatorial Intern

Described by one pilot as “elegantly simple and simply elegant”, the P-51D Mustang was a fast, efficient fighter plane used in World War II and the Korean War. The Mustang could fly long distances and escort heavy bombers at a high altitude, making it a respected force in the skies. The first Mustangs were completed just 117 days after being conceived, so some changes were made to improve their speed and functionality. For example, the planes were originally powered by an Allison engine but were later traded for the Packard Merlin, an engine that ensured speed (426 mph), power and maneuverability; making it one of the most effective piston engine fighters.

The P-51D Mustang displayed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum was primarily used in national speed races. After being passed through several different owners, it was discovered that it had less than 400 hours of flying time. It was restored and donated to Evergreen in 1986. Now you know a bit more about the P-51D Mustang!


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Artifact Pick of the Week: Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

Written By: Hanna Brandt / Curatorial and Marketing Intern

T-33 formation

In 1944, the U.S. Air Force began operating its first operational fighter jet, the P-80 Shooting Star. A trainer was needed to acquaint pilots with the jet, so in 1948, Lockheed modified the P-80 by adding an extra seat for a trainer and named it the T-33A Shooting Star. Nicknamed the “T-Bird”, the T-33A proved to be a reliable aircraft that made the transition to jets simple. The T-33A served the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines and more than 40 other countries for over 40 years. Now you know little more about this influential plane!

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Artifact Pick of the Week – Boeing 747


Written By: Hanna Brandt / Curatorial and Marketing Intern

You’ve seen it on top of the Wings and Waves Waterpark and you may have even slid out of its belly, but what exactly is the plane that’s perched atop the park? This Boeing 747 or “Jumbo Jet” flew around the world for Delta Airlines, China Airlines, and Pan Am before being purchased by Evergreen International Airlines and converted into a cargo freighter. It was flown into McMinnville Municipal Airport and towed across the highway in July 2009. The 747 now resides on top of the Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark.



The Boeing 747 is one of the most recognizable airliners in the world, but its origins are actually in the military, not commercial flying Boeing entered its design for the 747 in a competition for military cargo aircraft but did not win. However, the design was reintroduced when Pan Am was seeking an airliner that was twice the size of the planes that were normally flown by the company. Originally, it had been assumed that the 747 would soon be replaced by other Boeing jets; therefore, its cockpit was placed three stories above the ground to allow for cargo. However, the airliner maintained a remarkable record of safety and reliability and remained a popular choice for airlines. Now you know a bit more about the Boeing 747, tail number N481EV, aka the Wings & Waves Waterpark plane!


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Summer Camps at the Evergreen Museum Campus

Summer is right around the corner (even though the weather doesn’t feel like it!)  and the Evergreen Museum Campus is offering numerous educational camps to keep your kids engaged all while having fun! Where else can you explore outer space, learn about airplanes, film a movie and learn all about water? Evergreen Museum Campus, of course!

The Museum offers multi-day camps as well as Fun Friday Day Camps. See the schedule of camps below or contact the Education Department at education@sprucegoose.org or 503-434-4185 with any questions and to register! Also visit the education  camp page for more information: http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/EAM_1724-Summer-Camp-FNL.pdf  Who knew learning could be so fun?


 2013 Summer Camps

Multi-Day Camps: 3 -4  day camps for grades 5th – 8th

Model Rocket Camp: June 26th-28th 2013 from 9am-4pm
Students will have total immersion into the rocket hobby. Three projects will be built and flown by the campers. First a simple E2X series rocket on day one, next a B engine variant from a skill level 2 Estes or similar manufacturer’s kit. Last is a team rocket using only parts designed and engineered by the student team. The rocket must perform within set guidelines and function flawlessly. Students will keep the two rockets built as an individual.

TV Production Camp July 8-12 from 9 am-4 pm
Students will learn how to direct a multi-camera, live-to-tape episode of the interview program ‘Full Circle’, as well as function in all crew and talent capacities. The final project will be a short format production, determined by the group’s creativity. On the last day of camp, the final production will be premiered in our large format Evergreen Theater for students and parents to enjoy.

R/C Camp: July 24th-26th 2013 from 9am-4pm
Do everything, from learning how the remote control system works, to designing your own model remote controlled aircraft. End the week with handling the controls on a real remote control aircraft!

Lego Robotics Camp: August 7th-9th 2013 from 9am-4pm
Students will learn to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots. Friday afternoon a competition will be held with the class robots and adults are encouraged to attend.


Fun Friday Camps: Single day camps for elementary age kids 1st-4th grades.

Aviation Day: June 21st from 9am – 3pm
All things that fly will be discussed. Campers will build a variety of fun flying machines and learn the forces that make them fly.

Space Exploration:  July 19th from 9am – 3pm
Campers will learn all about our nation’s manned space program, the history and the future of space exploration. We will also explore our neighboring planet, Mars. Campers will design a mission to Mars, build a Mars rover and fly paper rockets!

Water Water Everywhere: August 16th from 9am – 2pm
This is the only camp that will be held at Wings & Waves. Campers will learn all about water. Several experiments will be done, underwater robots will be demonstrated, the hands on museum will be utilized as well. What would a visit to the waterpark be without some waterpark fun? From 2pm-4pm students will have free time in the park (campers will need an adult chaperone to attend)


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