Calendar of Events

Buck Brush Bramble Golf Tournament
Tuesday, August 19Shotgun start 9am
The Dalles Country Club
Tee it up, tap it in and try your luck at the Buck Brush Bramble Golf Tournament, Tuesday, August 19 at The Dalles Country Club, 4550 Hwy 30W. Shotgun start begins at 9 a.m.

A fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, this is an 18-hole, 4 person best-ball bramble. The field is limited to 18 teams, so get your team together and sign up today! Advance reservation is required. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Help the Discovery Center preserve the heritage of Wasco County and the Columbia Gorge.

For information, to sign up as a sponsor or to register, call Kristen May at 541-296-8600 x 212 or email
Download the Buck Brush Bramble brochure.
Download the registration and payment form.
Harvest Moon Walk
Monday, September 8, 2014Begins 6:30pm
Take time to appreciate the Harvest moon on Monday, Sept. 8 when the Discovery Center offers a free interpretive walk down the scenic Riverfront Trail. Meet natural and cultural history interpreter Steve Thompson in front of the Discovery Center at 6:30 p.m. for this one hour hike. As the sun sets, take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about native plants, Lewis and Clark, or the many Oregon Trail historic sites along the way. The path is paved and handicap-accessible. Hikers may continue off-trail on a moderately-sloped descent down to the banks and shallows of the Columbia River. The crest of the moon’s full phase comes at 6:38 p.m. PDT. This is the night of the brightest, fullest moon for the Americas. Bring your friends and family for this free event, but please leave pets at home.
Sirius Disclosure Dinner & Film
Friday, September 12, 20146pm dinner, 7pm film, followed by discussion
Ticket prices: Dinner & Film $23 • Film only: $5
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents a film screening of “Sirius: Disclosure," Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and the film starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. Enjoy hazelnut encrusted Halibut, pork medallions, jasmine rice, asparagus, dinner rolls and dessert, followed by the film showing at 7:00 pm. Film is 110 minutes.

The film does not represent the opinion of the board or staff members of Columbia Gorge Discovery Center but is simply presented to spark lively discussion and intelligent debate.

This controversial film follows Dr. Stephen Greer, an emergency room physician turned researcher, who launched the global Disclosure movement to end UFO secrecy. Greer has interviewed over 500 government, military, corporate and intelligence community witnesses testifying to their direct, personal, first-hand experience with UFOs, ETs, advanced clean energy and propulsion ET technology.

These witnesses claim that there are secret technologies derived from crashed UFOs that are now being suppressed for development or use. The question evolves from “Are they here?” into the question: “How did they get here?” A few of the expert witnesses include former CIA Director William Colby, astronauts Gordon Cooper and Edgar Mitchell, conservationist Laurance Rockerfeller, Lord Hill-Norton, 5-star admiral of the Great Britain Fleet, and Cold Fusion researcher Dr. Eugene Mallove among many others who had access to top secret information.

Is there a massive and ruthless cover-up that keeps this information secret? Many of the witnesses claim there appears to be an elite and secret organization that operates outside the legal constrictions of the government, and often without the knowledge of top government officials.

Greer asks: What does the government really know about UFOs? Is free and clean energy technology being kept secret, and if so, by who? Most importantly, he asks, What is the tie-in with the huge corporations who depend on our economy's dependence on the ‘petro-dollar’ generated by consumption of oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy and what does that mean for our environment and a planet on the brink of global climate change? What you learn might surprise you. First released in 2013, this documentary could change you forever.
Smithsonian Museum Live Day
Saturday, September 27, 2014 • Hours: 9am-5pm
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is participating in the Smithsonian Museum Live Day ticket program Saturday, September 27. The program provides free admission for up to two people who present the ticket acquired through the Smithsonian Magazine website ( You must print your ticket or have it accessible on your mobile device, then present it at the admissions desk to receive your free admission.

Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live ticket for free. The Museum Day Live ticket is good for two people per household, per address.

As a gift for participating online in Museum Day Live, participants will receive the digital edition of Smithsonian magazine free for one year with no obligation, beginning with the October edition.

To receive your free Museum Day Live ticket, please register at Once registered, you can request a ticket to a participating venue. A list of participating museums can be found on their website.

Fill out the form online and you will be emailed instruction on downloading your ticket. The ticket will be available to download immediately up to the date of the event. You must print your ticket and present it to receive your free admission or have it accessible on your mobile device.

For more information, visit
Rock & Roll Sock Hop Vintage Evening Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4, 2014 • 5:30pm, 6pm dinner
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the 7th annual Vintage Evening auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts 6:00 p.m.

The 1950’s theme includes music and a live and silent auction. The event is a benefit for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, a non-profit organization.

Appetizers include shrimp cocktail and bacon wrapped water chestnuts. The main menu includes gourmet Burgers, Chicken Cordon Bleu, gourmet Mac & Cheese (not like Mom used to make), Tuna noodle casserole with sundried tomatoes and spinach, Jojo potatoes smothered with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chives, a 3-bean salad, iceberg lettuce wedges with Thousand Island dressing, Orange and onion salad. For dessert, enjoy red velvet mini cupcakes, lemon and apple tarts. A Soda Fountain bar will be available, featuring your favorite sodas with a little “kick” added.

A silent auction and live auction will be held, featuring a host of terrific packages including a river jet boat trip, winery tasting and tours, jewelry, tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ski trips, resort trips and much more.
Columbia River Tourism Summit
Wednesday, October 15, 20148:30am-4pm, reception following
Columbia River Visitors Association invites everyone involved in the hospitality and tourism industry to attend the 2nd annual Columbia River Gorge Tourism Summit, Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Keynote speakers are Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon, George Sharp, Washington Tourism Alliance. Online registration available via
“The Art of Utility” Basketry Exhibit
Friday, October 24, 2014 • 5:30-7pm
Members only. Hors d’oeuvre reception
“The Art of Utility” Basketry Exhibit is an expansion to the permanent Native American basketry collection on display at the Discovery Center. The new exhibit will add 50 to 75 more baskets. Aryn Sanderson, who has been an intern with us for the past year, has been developing the exhibit in consultation with Mary Schlick, author of Columbia River Basketry. The new exhibit will be organized by the various functions of baskets. Native Americans used baskets for thousands of years before the introduction of European tools. Baskets were used for gathering foodstuffs, such as roots, berries, and nuts. They were used for storing foods over the winter months. Baskets were also used to cook foods. There are three major types of construction used in Mid-Columbian basketry; coiled, twined, and plaited. A shift in basket making occurred as more European-Americans settled in the area, marked by the increase in non-utilitarian baskets.

The Discovery Center’s ethnographic collection contains 2,100 artifacts, including clothing, beads, fishing and food processing tools, pipes, petroglyphs, mortar and pestles, as well as an additional 6,020 projectile points. The most significant part of this collection is the basket collection, providing examples of containers, gathering baskets, and bags in many different materials and designs.

The ethnographic collection represents 61 tribal groups from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Key regional groups represented include Wasco, Umatilla, Plateau, Klickitat, Thompson River Salish, and Western Washington Salish. Museum members will enjoy an evening hors d’oeuvers reception with a no-host bar at this members-only event.

Not a member? Give us a call at 541-296-8600. Family memberships are $50, and individuals $35, with seniors only $25. Membership provides free admission for a year, a subscription to our bi-monthly newsletter, and discounts in the museum store and on many events.