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Field Trips and Tours

Field Trips and Guided Tours
For unstructured science and nature outings, please also see our Science & Nature page.
For museums and historical outings, please see our Museums & Historical Outings page.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall back stage tour.  Come see the instruments and workings of the orchestra up close and personal.  Attend a rehearsal and discuss what it is like to be a musician with one of the orchestra members.  Free of charge.  (Downtown Portland)
Bob's Red Mill offers a daily guided tour of their manufacturing facility. The guided tour is held Monday through Friday, and begins promptly at 10 am. The tour typically last one hour. "Come see for yourself how our products are made and meet friendly Bob’s Red Mill staff who will be happy to answer any questions you have about our company." The tour takes place at our World Headquarters (not the Whole Grain Store), located at 13521 SE Pheasant Court, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Call 800-349-2173 for help with questions, comments and directions. (Milwaukie)
The Candy Basket tours* run about fifty minutes to an hour and a half long (depending on group type and size) and feature an up close look at the making of some of our most highly desired and sought after confections. The tour consists of 4 departments (molding, kitchen, enrobing / wrapping and packaging) with samples throughout, as well as a freshly packaged sample each attendee will be able to take with them on their way out. There is a $3.00 tour fee per attendee. Discounts are offered to teachers and chaperones. *Please note all of our tours MUST be scheduled in advance. Call our office at (503)666.2000 to make your reservation today. 1924 NE 181st Ave. Portland, OR 97230 (NE Portland)
Creation Encounters  purpose is to provide quality creation field study tours, road guides, and other information glorifying God as Creator. We also conduct special field trips for local pastor groups, and offer "tailor-made" creation programs for various organizations. Our mission is to help believers defend the reliability of the Bible and to support the church in fulfilling its Great Commission. (various northwest locations)
Kiyokawa Family Orchards is a family-owned and operated farm located in Parkdale, Oregon, in the Hood River Valley. "At last count, we grow over 80 different varieties of apples and pears, including 12 varieties of Asian Pears." Open daily from late August through early November, they provide group tours, self-guided tours, fruit fundraisers for organizations, as well as family-friendly harvest festivals during the fruit harvest season.  See their website for details, times, and planned events. (Parkdale, OR)
Leatherman  The Leatherman factory, which is located close to the Portland airport, provides a free tour.  It lasts about 1 hour, children must be 12 and above (must be accompanied by at least 1 adult), and is reported to be very interesting.  There is also an outlet store at the factory for gift shopping.  Go to the website to see tour times and contacts. (NE Portland)
NW Medical Teams Real.Life.Exhibit at the NW Medical Teams headquarters in Tigard has been highly recommended to us by a homeschooling family.  The exhibit is multi-sensory displays of disaster camps, various medical triage camps, and placement centers around the world.  There is also a room with a 25 foot tsuname wave.  The purpose of the Real.Life.Exhibit is to empower each viewer to learn “I Can Make a Difference.”  Recommended for older children.  Teacher resources are available from the website to help prepare students for the tour beforehand as well as resources for follow up assignments afterwards.  (Tigard)
Oregon Humane Society  Visitors of all ages are invited to an educational presentation and tour of OHS's facility and historical grounds. Tours will accommodate each group's needs from scouts, to schools, to seniors. Tours of the OHS shelter include visiting the cattery, dog kennel pods, and small animal room to see the rabbits, rodents and sometimes birds. Outside, weather permitting, visitors will learn some of OHS's 100+ year history, stop by the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden and memorial area, and see the oldest animal cemetery west of the Mississippi River. Tours include Bobbie of Silverton's story, his grave site and special dog house along with the Amie Woods' memorial.  See the website for more information.  To schedule a tour or field trip by call (503) 416-2986 or 416-5034 or e-mail (NE Portland)
Pacific Northwest Live Steamers, Shady Dell Railroad Park, is a 7-1/2 inch gauge railroad nestled on four acres in the back of the Shady Dell Subdivision, east of Molalla, Oregon.  PNLS volunteers devote their time and effort to bring your family an affordable and exciting experience on these rideable steam trains.  You can find handcrafted steam, electric and gas powerd locomotives pulling boxcars that are available for you and your child (no babies in arms) to ride free of charge (donations welcomed).  Your family can also stop by the Harvey Station and get a refreshing beverage or something to eat.  PNLS also has gifts for the train enthusiast.  Open Sunday afternoons from noon to 5pm from the first Sunday in May through the last Sunday in October.  (Mollala)  
Peter's Walking Tours by Peter Chausse offers fun and informative walking tours of Downtown Portland, local parks and natural areas. Peter is a former elementary and middle school teacher who has been leading tours for school groups and homeschoolers since 1995. The tours are designed to be fun and informative, and focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. On the tours, Peter teaches about local art, architecture, history, transportation, urban parks and fountains. Peter offers several different tours in Portland, and can customize the tours to meet your needs and schedule. Peter also has a degree in Forestry, and enjoys leading tours that focus on local trees, plants and natural history. For more information, you can visit Peter's website or e-mail at
or by phone at (503) 704-7900. (Portland Metro)

 1300 N.E. 25th,Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Contact Person: Lynn Simon, 503.681-0480. An outstanding tour, which takes you through the factory to see how organs are made. (Hillsboro)
Rosse Posse Acres Elk Farm  We are a 52-acre working elk ranch (and homeschooling family) with more than 75 elk. Our farm tour includes an educational lecture in the barn describing elk antler, ivory teeth, hooves, elk behavior, and interesting stories of our farming experience. Then we take your group on our paved walking trails to see the elk, which we bring to the fence by feeding whole oats. The tour concludes with a visit to our petting zoo where your students will enjoy interacting with our pygmy goats and miniature donkeys. Stop by our Gift Shop for snacks, soda, antler jewelry, and more. The tour will be tailored to your group’s needs. We have hosted classrooms from day care to college age, so we are certain your group will enjoy their elk farm experience. Please don’t delay in calling (503) 829-7107 to schedule your homeschool group's elk farm field trip.  For more details and location, please visit our webpage as linked. (Mollala)
WyEastExpeditions provide field trips to students including their Talapas, a 42-passenger replica of a Native American dugout canoe.  Their trips "move your students' education outdoors where they can connect activities in math, natural history, data gathering, and history of the development of Oregon in a real life setting." Trips include the Talapas indian war canoe trip, a Lewis and Clark dugout canoe expedition, as well as white-water rafting. (Willamette River, John Day River, Deschutes River areas)