Monday, January 24, 2011

Fun with Lewis & Clark

Follow the links below for some exploring fun with Lewis & Clark.

On The Scholastic Website:
Mapman Game - Answer questions about the Lewis & Clark expedition

What to Pack? - Have you ever packed for a long trip away from home? If so, you probably spent time thinking about what kind of clothes to bring, what kind of books or toys to carry, what sort of medicine you might need, and trying to remember all the little things that you've forgotten.

Make a Specimen Box - As Lewis and Clark went on their expedition west, they found lots of new plants, animals and minerals that they had never seen before. President Thomas Jefferson had told Lewis and Clark that they should send examples of these new finds back to him.

More information on the Smithsonian Education Website:

Great for homeschoolers - Animal Encounters lesson plan (grades 3-5)

Visit the Interactive Trail Map - click on the different states to see information about the Expedition in that state.

Have fun exploring the Lewis & Clark expedition...we'll explore more on February 12th!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Membership Benefits

Just a quick note to talk about the benefits of the Junior Gardener's Club membership at The Oregon Garden...

Benefits include free admission for the member (your child) and one adult guest (does not have to be the same adult each time) for a full year from the month you join.

Also included is an official membership card with your child's name and a 10% discount at the Gift Shop and Cafe.

You also receive free admission to the monthly activities (see list below!). Club T-shirts are also available for only $10.

2011 Programs

February 12, 2011

Program: Explore Like Lewis & Clark

About the Program: Experience the famous expedition of Lewis & Clark…a dress uniform with hat, a beaver skin, a grizzly bear footprint, a journal with quills and powdered ink, a prickly pear and many other items. Take an explorer’s walk around the Garden.

March 12, 2011

Program: Grow Your Own Greenhouse

About the Program: Join Oregon Garden Horticulture staff as they help kids create a greenhouse of their very own. Kids will plant seeds and create small greenhouses to take home.

April 9, 2011

Program: Penny’s Puppet Productions presents “Where is Lilly the Catapilly?”

About the Program: Everyone loves little Lilly the caterpillar! She is friends with everyone but one spring day when she was supposed to go to a tea party, the loveable Lilly doesn’t show up. That’s when her friends go to look for her. Enjoy this musical Mystery and find out just what has happened to Lilly.

May 14, 2011

Program: Four Legged Friends: How to Meet a Dog & Guide Dogs for the Blind

About the Program: Children encounter dogs at the homes of their friends, on the street, or at a park. Dogs share our lives and accompany people on many outings. The Willamette Humane Society’s Kind Kids program will show how to safely meet a dog – an important lesson for every child to know. What dogs need is an important lesson in responsible pet ownership.

June 11, 2011

Program: Forest Science Wonders

About the Program: What does a tree ring tell us? Do all trees grow the same? Come discover with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute all the wonders of trees. Learn how to distinguish our common trees of Oregon. Use scientific tools to take a look inside a trees lifecycle and discover how people can influence the diversity and habitat of a forest.

July 9, 2011

Program: Geocaching Adventure: Searching for Hidden Treasure

Location: Children’s Garden

About the Program: Explore the garden with a GPS unit…Family friendly geocaching will be the activity of the day. Groups will learn how to use the gps then search the grounds of The Oregon Garden to find great surprises!

August 13, 2011

Program: Let’s Make Music! Junk Jam

About the Program: Mark Powers will show that any ordinary object can indeed be a musical instrument – five gallon pails, garbage cans, automotive brake drums and soda can shakers. In merely seconds, kids will transform these “found sounds” into intense rhythms- at the same time developing creativity, listening and communication skills.

September 10, 2011

Program: Chef Kids Make Salsa!

About the Program: Join the Merry Kitchen, a home-based cooking school that focuses on teaching kids to cook, at the Oregon Garden as we create dishes picked right from the garden. We will be walking around the garden collecting food we need. Next we will be creating homemade salsa and lettuce wraps grown right at Oregon Garden! Julie from the Merry Kitchen will be teaching the kids about creating their own salsa. We'll also use beets and apples from the garden, mix them with select seasoning and herbs and roll them up in a lettuce leaf harvested from the garden. Finally, we'll get to eat our own creations!

October 8, 2011

Program: Be Safe – Fire Safety

About the Program: Visit with Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters and local firefighters – and their trucks! Learn to Stop, Drop & Roll and how to be safe in case of fire.

November 12, 2011

Program: Art Making in the Garden

About the Program: Artists from the Silverton Art Association will facilitate a variety of art media, using the gardens as inspiration. Leaf rubbings, watercolors and more.

December 10, 2011

Program: The Reptile Man

About the Program: Richard Ritchey, The Reptile Man, has an extraordinary array of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises, and will feature 15-20 reptiles from diverse habitats. Come learn about the habits and fun facts of these amazing animals.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Explore Lewis and Clark's Journey

The adventure and explorations of William Lewis and Meriwether Clark are an important part of Oregon's history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the first expedition of an overland nature that was taken in the United States to the Pacific Coast and then back.

The team of explorers was headed by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, and it was assisted by Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife, Sacajawea. The goal of the mission was to get a better understanding of the resources that would be exchanged in the Louisiana Purchase. This expedition laid a part of the groundwork for the westward expansion of the United States of America.

For more information about Lewis & Clark, check out the Discovering Lewis & Clark website.

The Junior Gardener's Club will be exploring the life of Lewis & Clark on February 12th at 10 a.m. The Historical Outreach Program will be bringing its Discovery Box full of materials, tools, and other items that Lewis & Clark would have used on their journey. Stories of the adventure will be told and we will take a walk to the Lewis & Clark Garden, located in The Oregon Garden near the Silverton Market Garden.

Don't miss the fun...sign up today! Call 503-874-2533 for more information or to reserve a spot.

To join the Junior Gardener's Club and receive a full year of programs, visit