Living History at Dorris Ranch

The Living History program has educated children on the rich cultural heritage of Dorris Ranch, Springfield, and Lane County for over 30 years. This program offers hands-on, immersive interpretive experiences that represent the adults and children that lived and worked on the property that is now Dorris Ranch throughout time.


Group Tours

Sign up in advance for a two-hour field trip or tour to learn about Oregon history at Dorris Ranch. All curriculum is built and in alignment with current State of Oregon Common Core Standards including Tribal History/Shared History. 

Field Trips

Pioneer Homestead field trip: Experience the life of an Oregon Trail immigrant at the Masterson homestead. Step back in time to 1852, when William, Eliza, and their five young children settled their donation land claim on what was to become Dorris Ranch. Visit their log cabin, help tend crops, grind grain, bake cornbread, split firewood, pump water, and more. 

People of the Land field trip: Who lived in the Willamette Valley throughout time? During this educational tour, students experience the lives of Kalapuya people, Hudson's Bay Company trappers, and Oregon Trail pioneers. Learn about the traditional hunting methods of the Kalapuya. Visit the trading post and view furs. Lend a hand at the pioneer cabin.

Registration: 
Please fill out this form to register. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Marsh.

See current availability.  

Pricing: 

  • In-district student: $4.50 each
  • Out-of-district student: $5 each
  • Teachers or adult chaperones: Free

Not sure if you’re in-district? Check the district map.


Traveling Trunk Shows

We'll bring history to you. Historical interpreters in period costume transport the excitement of learning to your group. Choose your experience:

  • One-Room Schoolhouse
  • Kalapuya: The First People
  • Entertainment of the Victorian Era
  • The Pioneer Settler

Traveling Trunk shows are available year-round and a great option for the winter months! $50 for a one-hour presentation done by one interpreter. Sign up here


Current Availability for Field Trips

Blank dates are available. Spring tours begin on March 7, 2022.

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