Welcome to Singing Creek Educational CenterLiving History and Eco-friendly Education
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Green Living Fair 2023
At the Armory building in downtown Cottage Grove, April 22 – 23, 2023.
Learn how to live in an eco-friendly way, connected to the Earth and sharing with each other, much as our forebears did.
To inspire children and families toward an appreciation of local history through hands-on learning.
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SCEC is located on the traditional land of the Winefelly Tribe of the Kalapuya people, who have been here since time immemorial. We recognize and honor their ties to this homeland and support efforts to return the land to Indigenous sovereignty.
Our Educational Programs for Children
Our programs are fun and engaging while also encouraging critical thinking skills and learning about history from multiple perspectives. Our focus is Oregon history and nature appreciation.
Our interactive history programs for children and families include school field trips, classes, summer camps, and several special events throughout the year. We also offer monthly homeschool classes for your group from September through May. Some of our favorite activities include butter churning, grain grinding, sewing, making puppets, games and songs, washing clothes, gardening, herbal walks and trading with the trapper. Summer camps include visits from specialists like the medicine woman, the spinner, the trapper and more. Learn about ways of living in harmony with the Earth, foraging, respect, giving thanks, and protecting the environment. Our goal is to be culturally responsive in all our teachings, including about Native and colonial settler relationships, both positive and negative.
We are moving to a new location in Fall 2022. Please stay tuned for more information. For now, we can come to your location for programs and classes.
History Enrichment Curriculum
Join us now for an engaging hands-on learning session each month for children ages 6 – 10
Voicing the Trauma of the Past Webinar
The Cost of Voicing the Past: The Trauma of Historical Interpretation February 16, 2023, Zoom webinar by Shemika Berry, First Person Interpreter at Accokeek Foundation The above is a similar presentation on YouTube by Shemika Berry of the Accokeek Foundation. I...
We are Hiring Qualified Instructors
Join our team! Do you love kids and have a passion for history/nature studies? Have skills to share? Talk to us about becoming an instructor. This is an independent contractor position and hours are flexible year-round. See More Here
How to Think Historically
For those who wish to learn how to think historically, Thomas Andrews and Flannery Burke have codified the five Cs: change over time, context, causality, contingency, and complexity. Most of these are terms non-historians can understand readily, although contingency requires the explanation that if you changed a single condition, any historical outcome could have turned out differently. Accordingly, learning to think historically encourages citizens to be responsible because the conditions we set forth determine the kind of future we will have.
Field Trips for Your Classroom or Group
Classroom field trips are now available for 3rd- 5th graders (and even homeschoolers or scout groups!) The Travel in Time field trip includes learning about the Kalapuya First Peoples of Oregon, the mountain man trappers, and the pioneer settlers with hands on experiences, crafts, and a guided nature walk around the park by the river. The Lewis & Clark field trip features learning about the Corp of Discovery journey to the Pacific Ocean, including First Peoples and nature discovery.
See our Field Trips page for more info.
We are moving! Stay tuned for our new location and address.
Your Donation Makes A Difference!
Please support our work — bringing history to life. Your financial contribution makes it possible for us to bring high-quality educational experiences to kids in under-served communities in Lane County. Click the Donate button above and show your support!
Watch Our YouTube Channel!
The videos on our channel show the many engaging, hands-on activities the children participate in during Singing Creek’s programs and workshops, where they learn about history and values like teamwork, respect for the land, honoring elders, and more.