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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. View our Values-Based Learning Philosophy here.

We are currently rolling out learning offerings for our Replenish the Root Exhibition. In-class presentations are now available (below), and downloadable education materials are in the works! Please subscribe to our newsletter and select “Educator Updates” to be the first to know when these offerings are ready. In the meantime, check out our downloadable learning materials, virtual class visits, Museum at (Our Place) mini exhibitions, and adult presentations.

Free Educator Days

Free Educator Tours of Replenish the Root as well as museum resource-shares will occur throughout the school year and will be promoted through our educator mailing list.

Please contact learning@fiveoaksmuseum.org to get on our educator mailing list for updates.

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.

Reopening Brings Replenishment

Through the lens of the Five Oaks Historic Site and the oak savannas that once flourished under native stewardship, this exhibition will examine continuity and change in the Tualatin and Willamette River Valleys.

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#StandUpFg Teaching Posters

Explore how Latinx youth activism led Oregon to become the first state to require Ethnic Studies, in these teaching posters for middle, high school and college students.

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DISplace Teaching Posters

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

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Virtual Presentations by Steph Littlebird

We’re pleased to offer virtual presentations by This IS Kalapuyan Land curator Steph Littlebird. Presentations are available seasonally, are one hour long, and the cost is $300 for unlimited participant numbers. You can follow all our updates in our newsletter

Spring/Summer registration for Steph’s presentations is now closed! Check back or email learning@fiveoaksmuseum.org for info on upcoming fall registration.

This IS Kalapuyan Land

In this virtual presentation of the exhibition’s central ideas, curator and Kalapuyan descendant Steph Littlebird questions how Native history is told, shares Kalapuyan history from a contemporary Indigenous perspective, and features artworks by Indigenous creators who are contributing to cultural survivance today.

Within a school context, Steph’s presentation is an especially compelling addition to Oregon’s Tribal History / Shared History, deepening its relevance and supporting its understandings through very local, place-based content.

This presentation can be adapted to groups from elementary age to adult professionals or seniors, and it can be accompanied by optional pre-and-post learning materials.

Beyond Land Acknowledgments

With the rise in popularity of land acknowledgments, Indigenous artist Steph Littlebird asks us to reexamine this trend and go beyond the statement. What comes after we acknowledge the land and its Native stewards? How can individuals and institutions contribute to lasting changes and be true allies for Indigenous communities? Learn more about past and present Native identity, how to look critically at land acknowledgments, and move past words toward action.

This presentation is geared toward adult groups and institutions (including educational ones), but may also be a powerful topic for high school students.


In-Class Presentations: "Replenish the Root"

Five Oaks Museum is now offering multidisciplinary in-class presentations for 3rd through 6th graders within 30 miles of Beaverton. Students participate in a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Oregon white oak savannas that once flourished in the Tualatin and Willamette Valleys.  This hour-long presentation focuses on Kalapuyan stewardship of these savannas and oaks as anchor-species of their ecological communities.

Add another twenty minutes to half an hour if you’d like the presenter to stay and guide a clay leaf-impression art project with your students!

Thanks to a generous grant from Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District, we’re able to offer these presentations at a sliding scale based on your determination of what your classroom needs and is able to fund. All our free presntations have been booked, but we still have half-price presentations available for the cost of $150. We’re happy to present multiple times in a day at the same school, but are limiting each presentation to one classroom at a time (not combining classrooms).  Reserve your day (Tuesdays or Wednesdays) below, and let Aron, our learning coordinator know your preferred times and funding needs in the form that follows.

Book your day below! Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions to learning@fiveoaksmuseum.org

Schedule In-Class Presentation

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.

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

M(OP): Gender Euphoria

Gender Euphoria features artworks by trans and gender non-conforming artists who explore feelings of delight, bliss, and elation in genderqueerness.

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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 learning@fiveoaksmuseum.org to learn more.

Imagining into the Museum

Community Gallery, July – August 2022

Portland State University students imagine and draw toys in Five Oaks Museum’s collection based solely on the artifact label.

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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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