Calendar of Events


RAPTORS ON THE ROAD WITH INDIEGOGO
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR A NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM
Now through April 19, 2014
POST, SHARE, TWEET, & PIN TO HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center's raptor education Birds of Prey program is one of the most popular at the museum. Offered twice daily March to September, this live program allows visitors the opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close. Program Coordinator, Bambi Foy, and a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers, educate over 19,000 visitors annually about the raptors native to the Columbia Gorge and the importance of species and habitat preservation on local, regional, and global levels.

Each of the museum's nine resident raptors is non-releasable due to injuries sustained in the wild. They serve in this experiential-based ecology education program through permits from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Discovery Center has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the popular website Indiegogo.com. Called "Raptors On The Road", this campaign seeks to raise $5,000 for an outreach program to the many regional schools and senior living facilities that simply cannot afford field trips to the museum. The program will allow schools and senior centers across the Pacific Northwest an opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close. The campaign will run for 60 days, through April 19, or until the raptor program reaches the goal of raising $5,000.

To find out more about the campaign, including how you can share and tweet, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/raptors-on-the-road.
SPRING BREAK
March 29 to April 13
Have you ever wondered how BIG a Columbian mammoth was? Or, how long it would take to make a quilt? Or, what you would look like if you were on the Oregon Trail? Discover the answers during Spring Break at the Discovery Center! All kids are admitted FREE with a paying adult. Other activities include a brand new scavenger hunt that will lead you through 10,000 years of history, Live Birds of Prey programs daily at 11:00 and 2:00, Basalt Rock Café features a special kid's menu, and don't miss the completely redone Kid's Explorer Room for crafts for kids and photo opportunities for mom!
SPRING STARGAZING WITH JIM WHITE
Saturday, March 29
6:00 pm dinner | 7:00 pm presentation
Join enthusiastic astronomer Jim White for an evening with the stars. Start with a gourmet burger bar in the Basalt Rock Cafe, followed by a Spring Stargazing presentation in the MJ Murdock Theater. If weather allows, move outside for a hands-on look at the sky at 7:30.

White will talk about the upcoming lunar eclipse on April 14-15, as well as Mars and Saturn's prominence in the spring and early summer. Jim is an amateur astronomer, living in Trout Lake. A forester by profession, he has had an interest in astronomy dating back to his youth on a Michigan farm.

Reservations are required by March 26 by calling the Discovery Center at (541) 296-8600 ext. 201. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids, and include dinner and presentation.
PIONEER SURVEYORS WITH JERRY OLSON
Friday, April 18
5:30 pm dinner | 6:30 pm presentation
Jerry Olson gives the history of the pioneer surveyors who first mapped the Columbia Gorge., including Justin Chenoweth and Wasco County's first surveyor, Edward Sharp, whose task was to survey the once largest 130,000 square mile county in the United States. Feast on crab-stuffed chicken, Jasmine rice, artichoke heart and Parmesan crostini, and spring green salad.

Reservations are required by April 14 by calling the Discovery Center at (541) 296-8600 ext. 201. Tickets are $21 for members and $24 for non-members, and include dinner and presentation.
A WALK THROUGH CHINA TOWN WITH MARILYN URNESS
Friday, May 2
5:30 pm dinner | 6:30 pm presentation
Marilyn Urness reveals the details behind the lives of the Chinese immigrants who once populated Main (First) street in The Dalles, the ordinances that targeted them and the Tong wars that impacted their lives. Chinese inspired dinner menu includes pork vegetable rolls, chicken chow mein, fried rice, and fortune cookies.

Reservations are required by April 28 by calling the Discovery Center at (541) 296-8600 ext. 201. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for non-members, and include dinner and presentation.