Community Service Learning
There are opportunities for students to learn from and work with park staff as part of a service learning project. These projects are a great way for students to acquire skills, practice stewardship, and learn first-hand about park resources and the importance of protecting and restoring them, and meet their community service graduation requirements.
Previous service learning projects included working with the park's education specialist with transcribing and updating important historical documents, removing invasive plants, completing special projects using graphics and using computer programs in creating or revising documents. Smaller groups can participate in resource inventory and monitoring projects and web- or technology-based projects.
Project availability is determined by park needs and staff availability. There is free entrance given for groups participating in a service learning project. When planning a project, consider your students' age(s) and their physical abilities. While rewarding, service learning projects often involve physical labor. Call Education Specialist Mike Dedman at 509-522-6357 or e-mail for projects and more information.
Did You Know?
The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.