The Oregon Trail (at Mount Pisgah Arboretum)

The Oregon Trail

Hitch up your oxen and join us for an historic adventure. The journey from Missouri to the Willamette Valley is a long one filled with excitement, and perhaps a little peril. To start your journey you will need to gather some supplies: food, clothing, and spare parts for your wagon. Don’t worry, we can trade along the way if we’ve forgotten anything.

Once we are all ready we will set out to travel the west. Mount Pisgah Arboretum will provide us with a huge variety of landscapes and ecosystems to traverse on our way “west to Oregon.” Along our journey we will meet many challenges. There will be mountains to cross and rivers to ford. Eventually we will arrive at our new home in the Willamette Valley where we will celebrate.

This camp is inspired by the classic computer game The Oregon Trail by MECC.

  • Explore the 8 distinct ecosystems of Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Learn about the challenges of historic pioneers including finding edible and medicinal plants, and safe drinking water, along the way
  • Practice “river crossings” with a miniature wagon
  • Map new territories and learn navigation skills
  • Caretake the Arboretum
  • Create pioneer “forts”

Registration requires purchase of a one year family membership to Mount Pisgah Arboretum (one per family) which provides:

  • Annual Lane County Parks Pass (park for free at all Lane County Parks)
  • Regular Newsletters from the Arboretum
  • Free admission to the Mushroom Festival and Wildflower Festival
  • Free admission to the Arboretum’s guided walks and discounts on workshops
  • Free or reduced admission to 250 other gardens and arboretums, through the American Horticultural Society

Through our partnership with Mount Pisgah Arboretum we are able to offer this at a steeply discounted rate of $50 (usually $60).

Camp Hours:   4 to 6 years old 9:00AM-1:00PM M-F; 6 to 12 years old  9:00AM-3:30PM M-F
 After Care Available:   Until 5:30PM every day. After care details here.
 Camp Location:   This camp will be held at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Scholarships are available for up to 50% off tuition cost. Apply during registration. Click for details.
Short Day Nature Camps (9:00AM-1:00PM): $205
Full Day Nature Camps (9:00AM-3:30PM): $285

Prefer to register by check? Click here to download a form and register by mail.

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