The Living History Program at Dorris Ranch has been in existence for over 30 years, educating the children on the rich cultural heritage of our region. This program is a hands-on, immersive experience in history. We offer interpretive experiences that represent the men, women, and children that lived and worked on the property that is now Dorris Ranch.
Registration for Living History programs will become available as public health recommendations permit. The program runs seasonally from September to November and March to June, Monday through Friday. In 2021, we are offering a modified version of the onsite program and launching new virtual tours.
In 2021, our popular field trip programs will look a bit different. Groups can schedule a 2-hour tour to learn about Oregon history, in the area now known as Dorris Ranch. Modifications for this program include limited group sizes, and individual hands-on kits so participants won't need to touch shared materials. Masks are required indoors and when six-foot social distancing is not possible. We have two daily openings for groups of limited size: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m.About the Curriculum
All curriculum is built and in alignment with current State of Oregon Common Core Standards including the newly enacted Senate Bill (SB) 13, now known as Tribal History/Shared History. This law directs the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to create K-12 Native American Curriculum for inclusion in Oregon public schools and provide professional development to educators.
What's included in a field trip to Dorris Ranch:
- A two-hour program.
- Classes are invited to bring a sack lunch to eat at the ranch after the program.
We can accommodate limited size groups, including adults. Adults and chaperones are free.
Please fill out this form to register. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Marsh.
Please note: We will need a log of all participant names and contact information.
See current availability. Tours for Spring start the last week of March.
Pricing: Payments must be received in one check made payable to Willamalane Park and Recreation District. We cannot accept cash, multiple checks, or purchase orders.
- In-district student: $4.50 each
- Out-of-district student: $5 each
- Teachers or adult chaperones: Free
Traveling Trunk Shows
- One-Room Schoolhouse
- Kalapuya: The First People
- Entertainment of the Victorian Era
- The Pioneer Settler
$50 for a one-hour presentation done by one interpreter. Sign up here.
Current Availability for field trips
Blank dates are available.