To inspire children and families toward an appreciation of local history through hands-on learning.
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Acorn Circle: Native Cultural Presentations
Thank you so much to Deitrich Peters for sharing his Native American cultural heritage with us at our Acorn Circle Programs this fall! If you missed it, please watch the news story here.
Want this program to come to your school or community center? Email our director.
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SCEC is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional lands of the Winefelly and Yoncalla bands 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 2023-2024. Please stay tuned for more information. For now, we can come to your location for programs and classes, and we partner with local organizations such as museums for many of our events.
“I reviewed your [Kalapuya Ways] video and everything looks/sounds great. I truly do not have any feedback to give other than I love the fact that you start off talking about Native people in the present-tense then switch to past-tense (it is often done the other way around) and I love the respectful terminology you used when introducing and explaining the hands-on items. Great work!
– Cheyanne Heidt, Curriculum Specialist, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
The Acorn Circle program brings Native American culture and children’s education to three libraries in Fall 2023. Singing Creek Educational Center (SCEC) is proud to partner with Cottage Grove, Creswell, and Springfield libraries to provide this educational program....
Join us during Spring Break 2024 for a 3-day camp about history! Children ages 6 – 10 will enjoy activities like cooking, sewing, stories, games, and art with us at the SMJ House in Eugene! The History Camp will be jointly run by the SMJ House and SCEC. Explore and learn from 9am to 2pm at this fun camp. Check our events calendar for more info.
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.
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