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Dr. John McLoughlin is affectionately known as the "Father of Oregon." His house remains almost as it was when the good doctor built it in 1845. Some of the original furniture and furnishings are still there, so it is a real treat for history buffs. Do not miss the bed that was owned by the family of Meriwether Lewis (Lewis and Clark). The guided tour is educational and amazing. Admission is free. The house remains closed between mid-December and March.
Planetarium director Douglas McCarty has taught astronomy for more than 25 years. One Saturday a month, October through May, he teaches kids of all ages about Portland's current night sky. McCarty discusses astronomical and space science revelations and their application to Portland's sky. The celestial subject matter and the 30 foot (9.144 meters) dome, audio and special effects systems provide educational entertainment that will stay with you for a lifetime.
On a cloudless night, check out the Northwestern sky. Located near the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College, this observatory is open year-round, weather permitting. The 26-inch (66 centimeters) refractor telescope sits inside a 40-foot (12 meter) tower. Volunteer astronomers guide visitors on a tour of the stars. The park can easily make a full-day excursion and provides a wonderful outing for children.
Located on the campus of Clackamas Community College, this facility includes a native wetlands nursery, birds of prey display, hall of exhibitions, observatory and paths that wind along Newell Creek. This used to be a wasteland consisting of an abandoned industrial site and parking lots. Now, you can examine wildlife and consider solutions to environmental issues. The earth-friendly buildings are constructed mostly of recycled products. Bring the kids for an entertaining, educational day out.