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.
Portland Aquarium, a December 2012 addition to Milwaukie, introduces visitors to thousands of waterborne species. Guests can slide their hands along the smooth flesh of a stingray or the knobby arms of a starfish or engage in staring contests with leopard sharks and jellyfish. Other exhibits include a cold-water tank filled with fish native to Oregon's coast and a rainforest-themed jungle gym for children. The tropical touch-tank woos visitors with its displays of vibrant-color aquatic life while amphibious wonders, including poison dart frogs, thrill visitors. Those seeking bigger thrills may visit the ball pythons and bearded dragons or get their picture taken with a lorikeet. Land-loving iguanas also lurch around in the mix.
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.
People flock to KidFest when the sun is shining for a taste of outdoor life in Portland.
Gain some experience behind the go-kart wheel at KidFest.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For some great, quality leisure time, KidFest offers the perfect park to keep you relaxed.
Experience the beauty of culture offered within the walls of Oregon Zoo in Portland.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Oregon Zoo.
Dine at Oregon Zoo and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.