Fall tours run Sept. 15-Nov. 14.
Costumed living history interpreters lead students through a historical adventure, emphasizing relationships between people, the environment and the past.
Note: School tours are subject to cancellation due to orchard maintenance. To ensure best use of staff time, groups of five or less may be paired with other groups.
Lewis & Clark and the Voyage of Discovery
In this two-hour hands-on presentation, your group will be mustered into the Corps of Discovery to join Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Capt. William Clark as they travel across the continent in search of the Northwest Passage. Along the way you will document your discoveries in your very own journal, navigate with your own personal compass, have tea with Capt. Lewis’ mother and spend time among the Chinook tribe of the Pacific Northwest. Dorris Ranch Detectives In this two-hour program your group will engage in hands-on activities that explore all the different ecosystems found right here at Dorris Ranch. From the plants and animals that make the ranch their home to those things not visible to the naked eye, your group will take a new approach to looking at the environment around them. Activities include animal track casting, bark rubbing and plant pressing, in addition to explorations with magnifying glasses and microscopes. People of the Land: Kalapuyas, Trappers and Pioneers Who lived in the Willamette Valley before us? During this educational tour, students experience the lives of Kalapuya Indians, Hudson’s Bay Co. trappers and Oregon Trail pioneers. Learn the traditional hunting methods of the Kalapuya. Visit the trading post and examine furs. Lend a hand at the pioneer cabin. Pioneer Homestead: Life after the Trail Experience the life of an Oregon Trail immigrant at the Masterson homestead. Step back in time to 1852 when William, Eliza and their five young children settled their donation land claim on what was to become Dorris Ranch. Visit their log cabin, help tend crops, grind grain, bake cornbread, split firewood, pump water and more. We provide poke bonnets and straw hats.
A FIELD TRIP TO DORRIS RANCH INCLUDES:
• A packet for teachers full of pre- and post-trip activities, name tags and a class resource list. Download the packet now
• School bus transportation for Springfield school students is paid by Willamalane.
• Classes are invited to bring a sack lunch to eat at the ranch after the program.
• We can accommodate up to 30 students each day.
• $3.50 per Springfield student.
• $4 per student for all other areas.
• Adult chaperones/teachers are free.
Payment: one check made payable to Willamalane Park and Recreation District. We cannot accept cash, multiple checks or purchase orders.
Please fill out this form to register. Your group name on the Living History Calendar below is your confirmation. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org.