Adopt a Trail Sign

January 19, 2012

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is placing interpretive signs along the trails at Kilchis Point.  Topics include flora and fauna, Native American heritage, and pioneer settlement at Kilchis Point.  If you are interested in adopting one of the interpretive signs please contact the museum.  Stop by to fill out an adoption form at 2106 2nd St. Tillamook OR, 97141 or give us a call at 503-842-4553.  Each sign costs $150 to adopt and includes your name as a sponsor.

A special field trip rich in Oregon’s pioneer heritage awaits students from Oregon Connections Academy on Tuesday January 24th in the Bay City area. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is hosting field trip to Kilchis Point for students and families from Oregon Connections Academy.

The tour will leave at 12:30 pm from the Museum which is located at 2106 Second Street in Tillamook, and return around 4 pm.  Serving around 3,000 students across Oregon in grades K-12, Oregon Connections Academy is the largest tuition-free online public charter school in the state.

Oregon Connections Academy Community Coordinator Teri Fladstol, from Tillamook, organized the field trip after seeing some of the artifacts from the Kilchis Point settlement during a visit to the museum last month. Students attending the upcoming tour to Kilchis Point will explore the history and culture of the settlement; learn more about the environmental resources as well as plant, animal and bird habitats at the site.

“I have two children which I have always homeschooled until we joined Connections Academy in 2010,” explained Fladstol. “It has been a fantastic experience! We are able to have the same flexibility but a lot more opportunities to explore areas of interest, interact with other Oregon Connections Academy students and meet families who have similar interests.”

The location is an important historic site which was once home to one of the largest Native American villages on the Northern Oregon Coast. In 1851 the county’s first pioneer settler, Joe Champion, made a home out of a Spruce tree stump next to the Indian village at Kilchis Point. Later, the first large ship ever registered in the Oregon Territory, “The Morning Star”, was constructed at Kilchis Point.

The Museum’s Education Committee recently received a grant to develop a program for students at Kilchis Point which now includes hikes, scavenger hunts, even dissecting owl pellets. Fladstol added, “I hope to discover more about the settlement of Tillamook County and participate in the growth of this educational project at Kilchis Point by volunteering some time with the Pioneer Museum.  My 6th grade son even wants to make this part of his Eagle Scout project.”

There are several dozen field trips like this one organized by Oregon Connections Academy parents around the state every year to keep families and teachers connected as part of a larger school community.  Oregon Connections Academy started in 2005 under a charter with the Scio School District. It combines state certified teachers, a standards-aligned curriculum, unique technology tools, an extensive selection of electives and clubs, to create an individualized alternative to the bricks-and-mortar classroom.

About Connections Academy

Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011–12 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 21 states via 22 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit


Laura Dillon
Oregon Connections Academy
(503) 779-3150