When we learn, we grow.

Five Oaks Museum is proud to be a valued local resource for educational materials based in community voices for K-12, college, and adult learners. Please note that we are unable to offer field trips and presentations during the 2021-22 school year.

Our Values-Based Learning Philosophy


Above all, our learning materials aim to build empathy. We prompt learners to connect historical experiences with their own lived experiences. We ask learners to reflect on their emotional responses. We believe that empathy towards marginalized communities is the necessary foundation of learners’ conversations and actions towards the future that they are already shaping.


We connect to the land by integrating art analysis and art making into all learning experiences. Through art analysis, learners interpret visual and material languages which originate in their respective lands and cultures. Through art making activities, learners engage with physical materials and creative processes. We guide learners to explore and express the interplay between land and identity.


Our learning materials hold multiple complex perspectives; we take truth to be an orientation rather than a singular answer. We ask open-ended comprehension and reflection questions. We highlight complexity through multiple perspectives and voices. We support all of our work with sources and suggest additional resources that extend conversations beyond our learning materials.


We position the educator as a co-learner; learners and educators learn together and from one another. We empower educators to bring often-excluded and marginalized topics to learners without needing to be a content expert themselves. We value learners’ expertise through identity and lived experiences.


In all we do, we center community members sharing their own stories. We create learning opportunities to deepen engagement with our guest-curated exhibitions. The voices of community members and artists drive the content, themes, and organization of our learning materials.

Learning Materials

Bring the community voices from our guest curated exhibitions into your classroom (or living room!) setting with our downloadable learning materials. All materials are offered on a sliding scale cost.

Learning Materials: This IS Kalapuyan Land

This IS Kalapuyan Land worksheets guide elementary and middle school learners through the exhibition to question how Native history is told, share Tualatin Kalapuyan history from a contemporary Kalapuyan perspective, and look closely and create artworks inspired by Indigenous descendants who are contributing to cultural survivance today.

Learning Materials: DISplace

Follow the stories of Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, from early travelers to contemporary artists, in these learning materials for middle, high school and college students. Elementary educators may select sections of these materials to include Hawaiian perspectives in their Oregon history studies.

Field Trips, Group Tours, and Class Visits

The museum building is currently closed during the ongoing pandemic and all field trips, group tours, and class visits at the museum are unavailable during the 2021-22 school year. These visits are one of our greatest joys and we look forward to the day we can welcome learners to the museum again.

Due to capacity, we are unable to offer virtual or in-person presentations on exhibition topics at this time. We are able to offer virtual presentations on a case by case basis in which an individual staff member speaks about their role at the museum; please contact the individual staff member. You can read about our roles on the “Meet the Team” page.

Museum at (Our Place)

Museum at (Our Place) is an opportunity to bring an outdoor mini-exhibition to your school or neighborhood as a set of 10 colorful, waterproof yard signs.

Find a location for the ten signs where your community can pass by and see them. Green spaces, walkways, a series of windows – there are lots of ways to do it! Make sure that the signs are spaced out for safe 6′ distance between viewers.

Each M(OP) kit is available for $300. Reduced cost and free options are available as needed. Contact molly@fiveoaksmuseum.org to get your M(OP) kit.

M(OP): #StandUpFG

On May 19, 2016, over 1,000 students staged a walkout in response to racially-charged incidents at Forest Grove High School in Oregon. A new chapter in the history of Ethnic Studies may well have started at Forest Grove High School. Museo Ambulante /Museum at (Our Place) Kits include 10 yard signs with QR codes to learn more about the artwork and images.

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M(OP): DISplace

Shining light on the communities that flow between Hawai’i and the Pacific Northwest through artworks and historic and contemporary images.

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Community Gallery

The Community Gallery highlights exciting, ongoing work of regional students and educators in interpreting history, culture, and art. We welcome proposals for student-curated exhibitions and displays of student work which investigate the implications, ethics, and methods of how history, culture, and/or art is interpreted. Contact victoria@fiveoaksmuseum.org to learn more.

Alaska Native Art

Community Gallery, November – December 2021

PCC instructor Renea Perry brings together four Alaska Native artists to highlight Alaska Native ways of being and knowing through stories of transformation, and connections to land and culture.

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Seasonal Rounds

Community Gallery, July – September 2021

Seasonal rounds created by Oregon State University students illustrate how all tribal lifeways are inherently connected to their land.

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What Makes a Place?

Community Gallery, May-June 2021

In Winter 2021, Portland State University students created imaginative graphic design approaches to interpreting the Five Oaks Historic Site.

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