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
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Interpretive museum featuring cultural and natural history exhibits, native plant nature walks, and a live raptor program.
Hood River County Library
Makerspace is open on Saturdays & STEM Family Kits are available for checkout. Creativebug, is also available, an online resources for 1000+ DIY & Maker videos taught by artists and designers.
Free presentations include outdoor telescope viewing and indoor classroom sessions at Maryhill Stonehenge Visitor Center. Live web-streams are also avaliable.
Several topic-specific summer camps. Also runs in-school programs. Open studio time on pause during the summer, but check back soon for fall hours. Located in White Salmon.
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.
The Dalles Dam
Visitor center features a variety of interactive displays, a short film on the benefits and impacts of the dam, a sneak peak of fish migrating up the fish ladder, and more.
The Dalles-Wasco County Library
Makerspace with digital fabrication tools including: laser printer, laser etcher, heat press, vinyl cutter and more. Hands-on activities for young children, Maker Bar for teens and STEM programs for every age. Make & Take STEM Kits for all ages and technology resources for educators & families.
Museum in Hood River featuring one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles.
Wonderworks Children's Museum
Exhibits, classes, and creative play spaces geared towards kids ages 0-8, but open to all ages. Located in The Dalles.