At the Washington County Museum, your students will get hands-on with local stories and historic information through the field trip “Tualatin Valley Then & Now: Recognizing Community Changes”. This interactive, 75-minute program will help 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students explore the history of their local community by examining people and events key to the formation of the communities in the Tualatin Valley, Washington County, and the county seat of Hillsboro, Oregon. A presentation featuring historic objects, historic photos and a timeline will be followed by three interactive activity stations, and an exploration of museum exhibits. This program supports Oregon State Board of Education Social Science Core Standards. Specific alignment includes Historical Knowledge, Historical Thinking, Geography, and Social Science Analysis.
The museum is open for Field Trips Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM during the school year. A Field Trip to the museum includes entrance to our permanent exhibit, Timber in the Tualatin Valley, and other changing exhibits.
Pricing, Payment & Capacity
The cost is $90 per class. A class may have 30 students or less, and must have one chaperone for every six students. Up to two teachers and five chaperones accompanying the group receive free admission. Schools will be invoiced when their registration is completed. Payment is due by check or online prior to the class visit.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Reser Family Foundation, the museum is pleased to offer need-based busing scholarships, prioritizing Title 1 schools.
Location, Directions, & Bus Info
WCM is located on the PCC – Rock Creek campus. The address is 17677 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229. Turn onto the main campus driveway off Springville Rd., then take your first right at the stop sign. WCM’s white and red building is straight ahead across a wooded grassy slope. Buses can drop off and pick up students at the main PCC campus turnaround in front of Building 5. See the PCC Rock Creek campus map for more. Please Note: Springville Road west of the PCC Rock Creek campus entrance and portions of 185th are under construction and can cause delays. Please allow extra travel time if traveling through this area.
The museum does not have a lunch room available for any group, even in the case of bad weather. However, the entrance to the PCC Rock Creek Recreation Facility is directly behind the museum within easy walking distance.
Schedule A Field Trip
School groups must make their reservation at least two weeks in advance. Reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly. To make a reservation, please fill out the contact form below. The Education Registrar will respond to you within 36 hours. For further questions, or if you don’t hear back from us within 1-2 business days, you may contact the Education Registrar at (503) 645.5353 or by email at education(AT)washingtoncountymuseum(DOT)org.