"Traveling Trunks" are one of the best ways to bring a park to your classroom. Tactile objects reach your kinesthetic and visual learners as well as bring history, flora, fauna, and current park issues alive.
When using the link above: Search for a specific park, then choose "Learn about the Park," next choose the "Education" link. Trunks available through specific parks are usually listed under this heading.
National Park units in Oregon.
National Park units in Washington.
The Oregon Historical Society offers a number of trunks that tie in with 4th grade curriculum.
Contacts at local city, county and state parks will be more readily available to visit your classroom. Ask the presenter if there are connections between work in local parks and work in National Parks.
Can't nab a presenter? Try an electronic field trip!
Portland & Columbia River Gorge State Parks District Manager, Kevin Price, talks with students at the Spring 2015 Peninsula K8 (Portland Public Schools) Career Fair.
More information about Mr. Price and other team members in the Gorge.
Portland Parks and Recreation
Park Ranger Office Telephone, 503-823-1637
From local to Federal Parks:
Take the opportunity to teach students about local, county, state, and federal park designations.