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Educational Programs

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum offers a wide range of educational opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages. Teachers and group leaders can arrange educational tours for their classes, while individuals can explore our home school and educational outreach programs.

Students between the ages of 12 and 18 can learn more by joining our team and becoming an Evergreen Discovery Ambassador. Younger students (grades K-3rd) can get an early start by joining our Aerospace Book Club. Educational groups can also enjoy a more immersive experience by spending a night at the museum, camping at Evergreen’s Oak Grove Camping Area, or joining our Summer Camp program. Our Scouting program also offers opportunities to earn aviation and space merit badges.

Our Educational Programs include:

Educational ToursClick to expand

Because every class has a different educational goal, we offer customized, age-appropriate tours to meet the needs of your particular class or troop. With advanced notice, we can follow your group tour with an exciting hands-on seminar or activity designed just for your class. Tours can include:

A History of Aviation.
Explore the history of flight from the Wright brothers to space exploration.

Science of Flight.
Learn the basics of aerodynamics and the four forces of flight by constructing your own glider.

Aviation Scavenger Hunt.
Learn fun facts about aviation, while exploring the museum on your own.

A Conversation in History.
Because many of our volunteers are veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, with prior notification, you can interview someone with first-hand experience with our aircraft.

To arrange a class tour, just fill out and submit this form. School Lunches may also be arranged for tour groups. There are two lunch options that schools can take advantage of during their visit at the Museum. Students/teachers/chaperones have the option of bringing their own sack lunch with facilities provided, or Students/teachers/chaperones can pre-order box lunches from our Cafés. All school box lunches meet current Federal nutrition standards. Lunches must be ordered at time of visitation registration, prior to visit.

CampsClick to expand

At Evergreen Museum Spring Break and Summer Camps, our goal is to send every child home with a passion for learning, fabulous memories, and a few new friends. If your child has an interest in aviation or space, they are sure to love our camps, filled with engaging hands-on activities and educational opportunities.
Download 2015 Summer Camp Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)
RSVP required—space is limited!
(Camp descriptions and pricing are also listed out on our Events page.)

In addition to teaching flight basics, our camps include innovative engineering challenges, creative projects, and team-building exercises. Our goal is that every camper leaves inspired to reach for the stars. We offer Fun Friday day camps on various Fridays throughout the summer. Whether they are aviation-, space- or water-themed camps, your child is guaranteed to have a great and educational time!

If questions, please contact the Museum Education Department at 503.434.4185 or email: education@sprucegoose.org


Home School ProgramsClick to expand

Every month, our education department hosts Home School Days focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Home School Program offers children and their families hands-on activities that feature a different aeronautical subject each month. Topics range from learning about the science of hot air balloons and gliders to talking with adults in the air-and-space industry about career options. Download our comprehensive 2014-2015 Home School Day schedule (PDF).

Educational Outreach ProgramsClick to expand

Can’t come to us? Let us come to you. As part of our Educational Outreach Program, one of our coordinators can provide a 45-minute to one-hour presentation at your school formatted to meet the particular needs of your class. (All presentations are in accordance with Washington and Oregon standards.) Each presentation focuses on aviation- and space-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and includes a hands-on lesson designed for grades K-12. Our goal is to inspire a passion for higher education and foster an interest in careers in aviation, engineering, science, technology, and mathematics. If you have an interest that may be unique to your students, please let us know, and we’ll make every effort to incorporate it into our presentation. To schedule a class presentation, please call our Outreach Education Coordinator, Kristi Phillips, at 503-687-2441 (or email: kristi.phillips@evergreenmuseum.org).

Scouts ProgramClick to expand

Since its inception, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has had a rich partnership with our local Scouts. From offering numerous merit badge options, to camping in our Oak Grove, to awarding our own Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Fun Patch, we are here to serve.

Boy Scouts

2015 Merit Badge Schedule

Boy Scout Program Options

Cub Scout Program Options

Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Program Options

The Museum and Waterpark offer Badges and Fun Patches:
Brownies: Earth and Sky, Movers, Science Wonders, Space Explorer, Wonders of Water Journey
Juniors: Aerospace, Making it Matter, Science Discovery, Sky Search, Weather Watch, Swimming, Water Fun

Always striving to make education fun, we invite Scout groups to spend a night at the Museum! Our fun and educational sleepovers feature a jam-packed evening of activities and learning, followed by a peaceful slumber nestled among our air/spacecraft collection. Event Includes:

  • Night Tour
  • Pizza / Snack / Breakfast
  • Glider or Rocket Construction
  • Flight Simulator Lab
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Film in the Evergreen Theater
  • Museum Admission for the Following Day

For more information on our Scout programs, Badges or Night Flight, please contact our Education Department at 503-434-4185 or email education@sprucegoose.org.

Aerospace Book ClubClick to expand

Students are invited to “blast off” into the exciting world of science with our Aerospace Book Club (ABC), created especially for early readers. ABC is a pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade program designed to inspire a passion for reading through engaging, age-appropriate aviation, space or water & weather-themed books. Each hour-long program features a story and a science activity or craft project. A variety of books are available, so programs can be customized to fit your needs. Aerospace Book Club’s free outreach visits are perfect for:

  • Libraries
  • PreK-3rd Grade Classrooms
  • After-School Programming
  • Community Organizations
  • Bookstores and Book Fairs


Discovery AmbassadorsClick to expand

As a young Discovery Ambassador, you’ll build your resume, improve your communication and public-speaking skills, and contribute to a worthy cause—all while having fun. Using a variety of hands-on materials, you’ll present and explain concepts such as aerodynamics, aerospace science, and forces in motion. You’ll learn how to give engaging demonstrations that bring our historical exhibits to life. Open to ages 12-18, our program allows youth to help educate others while also learning valuable new skills for their future.

Discovery Ambassador Informational Flyer (PDF)

Discovery Ambassador Application (PDF)

Night FlightsClick to expand

NIGHT FLIGHT: Spend a Night Under Our Wing
Always striving to make education fun, we now allow individual groups to spend a night at the Museum. Our fun and educational sleepovers feature a fun-filled evening of activities and learning, followed by a peaceful slumber beneath the world’s largest wooden wing. Event Includes:

  • Night Tour
  • Pizza / Snack / Breakfast
  • Glider or Rocket Construction
  • Flight Simulator Lab
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Film in the Evergreen Theater
  • Museum Admission for the Following Day

Requirements: Minimum number of students*: 25.
One Chaperone per 5 students is required.
$5 non-refundable pre-registration fee.

Items to Bring: Sleeping pad (recommended), toothpaste and toothbrush, sleeping clothes, pillow.
Fee: $54 per youth, $36 per adult.
One teacher or group leader is admitted free with program purchase. Extra adults above the maximum of ten chaperones will be charged.
*$51 per student for Groups of 60 students or larger.

For more information or to schedule a Night Flight, contact the Education Department at 503.434.4185 or email: education@sprucegoose.org.

Scout Outdoor Recreation AreaClick to expand

Looking for adventure? Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, and other groups are encouraged to spend a night at our on-site campground in the Scout Outdoor Recreation Area. Each group also has the option of a Night Tour at the Museum. The cost is $7 per person, and $10 for camping and an after hours tour of the Museum.

For more information, or to schedule an Overnight Program, contact the Education Department at 503.434.4185 or email: education@sprucegoose.org.