The following options are available for teachers and educators in formal and informal learning settings:

School Field Trips

Teachers and Educators, have you considered a field trip to the Plankhouse? One of the main goals of the Plankhouse Project and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is to educate school aged children about the thriving culture and wildlife that existed on the Lower Columbia River prior to European American settlement. Each school year over 3,500 students visit the Plankhouse and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. If you would like to receive more information on Environmental and Cultural Education or would like to schedule a trip to the Refuge and Plankhouse, contact, call the Refuge office at 360-887-4106, or visit the Education Page for more info.

Traveling Education Kit

For teachers and students that can not make it out to the Plankhouse or would like pre-trip activities, the Discover Cathlapotle! Environmental and Heritage Education kit is available for loan. Educators in non-traditional learning environments can also borrow the kit.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Educator’s Field Trip Guide

The Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offer an Educator’s Field Trip Guide which includes Plankhouse information and activities. Teacher Trainings are also offered periodically throughout the year and teachers are able to get clock hours for their completion of the training. Check the calendar for upcoming teacher training or contact (360) 887-9495.

Oregon Archaeology Society Field Trip Grants

Visiting the Plankhouse with your class? The Oregon Archaeological Society Provides Field Trip Grants to schools visiting historical or archaeologically significant sites! More information and the application can be found here: