Children and Family Programs
Science Saturdays for Kids at OPLI:
Join us on selected Saturdays for some fun at the OPLI Field Center. Kids of all ages are invited to explore our exhibits and participate in special hands-on science activities. Bring your own favorite fossil to show and tell.
Details coming soon!
Science, Art, and Geologic Exploration (SAGE):
Where children, natural resources, science, and art come together.
An Oregon Paleo Lands Institute place-based, inquiry-driven, natural resources outdoor learning program for children and families.
Almost all of us like to learn about the natural world. But for children, learning about nature should include being outside, with hands-on-experience: seeing, doing, questioning, and making things happen. The SAGE program is a Friday and Saturday program that teaches about Wheeler County’s natural resources. It engages active learners who are excited by hands-on-learning. Children will benefit from learning in small groups (6-10 students) with the close supervision of scientists, artists and teachers.
The SAGE program is taught on Fridays and Saturdays and includes a student/parent field day where children share their discoveries with families and friends. Our outdoor discovery enhances classroom learning, and includes writing, reading, math, science and art.
Children will have the opportunity to use digital cameras, GPS units, and microscopes. They will participate in designing a “SAGE PAGE” link on the OPLI web site and work on a youth field guide based on the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Education And Oregon Paleo Lands Institute
Helping the residents of Wheeler County learn more about their forests, grasslands, and water resources is one way that Oregon Paleo Lands Institute helps support vital communities and healthy ecosystems.
In addition to the SAGE program, OPLI helps Northwest residents and visitors of all ages explore, understand, and enjoy the world-renowned natural history of north-central Oregon, its ancient and living landscapes and cultures, and the record of Oregon’s 400 million year history. We offer trips, tours, and adventures for adults and children of all ages.
Come visit Wheeler County, and Find Time!