Tech Trek

July 15, 2014

It has been a busy summer so far!
A few weeks ago the Museum hosted 36 8th grade girls at Kilchis Point Reserve as part of the American Association of University Women, annual Tech Trek. Tech Trek is a week-long camp for girls that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math. Young women from all over Oregon apply to participate and go through a rigorous interview process.
The girls spent four hours at KPR! They learned how to identify birds and went bird watching along Tillamook Bay, learned about local plants and fractals in nature, and tested their knowledge and speed with a Task Trek activities along the trail. The Task Trek was a timed event that required the girls to complete math and engineering tasks to earn points.

Task Trek Winners holding their prize, KPR sweatshirts with Museum director, Gary Albright.

Task Trek Winners holding their prize, KPR sweatshirts with Museum director, Gary Albright.


The Willow Project!

May 25, 2012

We had 26 awesome second graders out at Kilchis Point on May 24, 2012 to plant willow trees along Joe Champion Creek as part of the Willow Project.  Their contribution will make an immense difference to the salmon and other wildlife that call Kilchis Point home.

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Day of Service 2012

April 20, 2012

As part of Day of Service 2012, 20 Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School students, teachers, and parents volunteered at Kilchis Point on April 19!  Everyone worked hard to remove invasive species such as Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry, pull weeds in the Native Garden, expand trails and learn about the natural history and cultural history at Kilchis Point.  THANK YOU to everyone for participating and making a BIG difference at Kilchis Point!

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

Kilchis Point Day Camp

November 10, 2011

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Bay City Arts Center hosted a day full of exploration and discovery for 40 local kids between 4th-8th grades.  Beginning the day at Kilchis Point, kids took a hike to Doty Creek, played a food web game, completed a scavenger hunt and played a compass game.  The kids were bused a short distance to the Bay City Arts Center where they ate lunch, did art projects, dissected owl pellets, and listened to Native American storyteller Tom Doty.

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