In 1907, the Hood River County Pioneer Society started collecting documents and artifacts that reflected the diversity and culture of their region. Now those items are housed at The History Museum in a collection that totals 11,000-plus pieces and continues to grow weekly. With a focus on memorabilia that dates from the Native American era to the present, the museum’s exhibits include horse-drawn carriages, phonographs, and the barometer a witch concocted to predict the weather.
To further immerse visitors in the county’s history, the costumed guides of the museum’s annual Cemetery Tales relay historical anecdotes during stops at notable gravesides. The tours are one of many events and educational programs available through the museum, many of which are geared toward kids. Other include yoga sessions that relate different poses to points in history and camps where youngsters learn to throw an atlatl, a spear used by Native Americans.
Everyone needs more culture in their lives and Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce in Forest Grove is presenting great options for that.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When you get the itch for some culture, stop by here and get your fix of great culture all weekend long.
For a couple of days, the Washington County Fairgrounds transforms into a jungle. Large cats. Venomous snakes. Reptiles of all types. Those and other animals sprawl across the Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show, where over 70 vendors display exotic creatures and related merchandise. In addition to the animals and products on sale, the show doubles as an educational attraction. Interactive reptile and mammal displays teach visitors about new creatures, while an exotic animal petting zoo lets visitors discover which animals secretly know how to shake hands.
Cowgirl Kim wasn't always a ranch-dwelling gal. As a child, she grew up in the city, but her heart remained in the country. Not only did she ride every pony she could find in the state of Oregon, she also tried to convince her mother that their garage was plenty big enough for a pony. Then came Cowboy Bob. The two hit it off, and eventually achieved their dream of living the ranch lifestyle, buying the five acres that now hold Oregon Dream Ponies. Here, with their 12 ponies and horses, 2 ducks, 4 dogs, and 2,000 Christmas trees, the couple hosts birthday parties and pony experiences, giving kids from the city plenty of time to learn about rural life and ride ponies. For that latter adventure, guides hand lead each pony ride to ensure kids don’t make a break for the coast, while more thorough lessons teach children how to responsibly lead themselves.
Audubon Society of Portland's mission was solidified in 1902, when a few like-minded conservationists came together to found the organization. In their own words, this group set out "to use any and all lawful means for the protection of the wild birds and animals for the State of Oregon and elsewhere."
Their first success came quickly, when the Society helped pass the Model Bird Law in 1903, which protected native birds from being shot and sold. Since then, the Society has advocated for countless creatures, from northern spotted owls to wild salmon, the latter of which kind of look like birds if you squint really hard.
Today, the Society stands more than 15,000 strong. The support of these members helps maintain nature sanctuaries with hiking trails, fund educational initiatives, and run a care center. The care center is an especially vital resources, as it rehabilitates approximately 3,000 animals every year and responds to thousands of wildlife-related injuries.
Along a 100-acre parcel of land on Sauvie Island, Bella Organic Farm and Winery's farmers tend to and oversee a huge variety of certified organic crops. Throughout the year, the land yields harvests of juicy blueberries, summer squash, herbs, and 20 types of pumpkins in the fall, though not the magical kind that turns into carriages. Visitors to the farm store will find the shelves stocked with baskets of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, as well as jams, syrups, and pickles. Depending on the season, U-Pick crops invite families to wander through the fields and gather their own blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and pumpkins. we have a variety of family activities, rides, farm animals to visit. We also have delicious food, caramel apples, our own hard cider and wine and feature local Hopworks Organic Beer.