STEM Spaces

local spaces for learning & Making

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Bonneville Dam & Hatchery

Rangers and volunteer staff at the visitor centers offer tours and answer questions about hydroelectric power, dam construction, life-cycles of salmon, and more. There are also park ranger maintained educational geocaches on the Oregon and Washington side. Website

people looking at fish tank

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Interpretive museum featuring cultural and natural history exhibits, native plant nature walks, and a live raptor program.


Ancient Urn

Hood River County Library

Makerspace with regular programming & STEM Family Kits available for checkout.


Girls in the Library

Goldendale Observatory

Free presentations include outdoor telescope viewing and indoor classroom sessions at Maryhill Stonehenge Visitor Center.



Gorge Makerspace

Open studio time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and several topic-specific summer camps. Also runs in-school programs. Located in White Salmon.


Workshop Tools

National Forests

Mt. Hood National Forest (Hood River County) and Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Klickitat, Skamania). Go camping, hiking, or visit a ranger station to learn more about nature and science.

Tree Planting

The Dalles Dam

Visitor center features a variety of interactive displays, a short film on the benefits and impacts of the dam, and more.


Road Tripping

The Dalles-Wasco County Library

Makerspace with digital fabrication tools including: laser printer, laser etcher, and more. Hands on activities for young children and STEM programs for many ages. Numerous STEM Family Kits and technology resources for educators.


3D Printer


Museum in Hood River featuring one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles.


Antique Car

Wonderworks Children's Museum

Exhibits and creative play spaces geared towards kids ages 0-8, but open to all ages. Located in The Dalles.


Baby Playing with Building Blocks
Columbia Gorge


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Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD)

400 E Scenic Dr #207

The Dalles, OR 97058


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