We Value our Educational Partners

Always striving to offer the most comprehensive experience possible, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has partnered with several organizations. These partnerships allow us to expand our educational reach and offer exciting new programs, while also making a valuable contribution to our community.


Civil Air Patrol

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have a proud history of working together. From helping to escort the “Spruce Goose” to the Museum along Highway 18 in 1993, to presenting the color guard at special events, the CAP has been an active participant in the Museum’s history. The Museum serves as headquarters for the local squadron and is a partner and host to the annual MKS Aviation Business Academy, a National Cadet Special Activity.  The founder and CEO of Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. was an Honorary Member of the CAP, and both staff and volunteers are members of the McMinnville Squadron.

Below are just a few of the events and activities available at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, as well as some of our joint programs:

Other CAP opportunities and programs:

  • CAP Rocketry Encampment
  • Emergency Services Training
  • Cadet Programs
  • Aerospace Education resources
  • Oregon Wing Conference
  • Aerospace Education Officers School

For more information about CAP and the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, please contact an Education Coordinator at 503-434-4185, or education@sprucegoose.org.

George Fox University

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and George Fox University collaborated on a progressive project to re-imagine the museum during winter term 2021. Led by the Department of Art and Design Professor, Ashley Lippard, a group of 20 George Fox University representatives from various areas of professional pursuit embarked on this four-month project. The student teams were given specific subject matters, space parameters, and desired learning outcomes. The curatorial goals were to develop a new immersive Aviation exhibit that showcases the principles of flight, a new Space exhibit that includes a focus on the solar system, and a hands-on learning lab focused on Mars. The ultimate objective was to connect with our community by making education a cornerstone of our museum and provide valuable opportunities for learners of all ages by immersing them in STEAM topics. These exhibits and learning lab will spark innovation in our visitors to envision a better future for their community and world. The results included the following:

  • How Flight Works exhibit: a hands-on and interactive journey through the four forces of flight (drag, thrust, weight, and gravity)
  • Solar System exhibit: An immersive expedition into the wonders of our solar system and the history of space exploration. Families will explore three rooms connected by a space capsule tunnel. This exhibit includes a life-size replica of the NASA spacesuit, a direct feed to the Mars Endeavor, a Magic Planet room providing interactive learning outcomes on the stars and galaxy, and an interactive replica of the solar system
  • Gateway Learning Lab: Children visiting EASM will be called to explore Mars in this interactive space for learning and discovery. When complete, they can experience the weightlessness of Mars, create different constellations on a full-scale programmed light-bright board and test the effects of Newton’s third law

Lego Robotics League

The Museum has partnered with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League to promote a passion for science and technology in students.  The program is a world-wide challenge involving kids from ages six to 18. The Museum is a host to FLL events such as qualifying and national tournaments. Visit the FIRST LEGO League website here.

City of McMinnville; McMinnville Public Library

The McMinnville Public Library has partnered with Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to use STEAM and Space Science as a pathway to equity.

The public library is uniquely positioned to attract rural and historically underserved youth to space and science exploration, and associated careers, by reaching kids with structural barriers. The City of McMinnville strategic plan priorities includes engagement and inclusion, economic prosperity, and civic leadership. To achieve these goals, the McMinnville Library collaborates with the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to:

  • Provide a space-themed book section with content available in both English and Spanish
  • Expand the game and puzzle borrowing collection to include space and NASA themes
  • Create a tracking system for reciprocal engagement to gauge the crossover of visitors to the Library and Evergreen Museum

McMinnville School District

The relationship between Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and McMinnville School District is a true partnership that benefits all students in the district through regular field trips, curriculum, and instructional support with STEAM curriculum, professional development for teachers. Additionally, the McMinnville School District hosts a LEGO build and competition circuit that allows students a hand-on opportunity to test engineering principles. Our relationship provides the foundation for robust academic and enrichment opportunities for all K-12 students in the district including the district’s Engineering and Aviation Sciences Academy Pathway students as well as after school andsummer school students, many of whom are historically underserved.

The McMinnville School district serves 6,700 students, 65 precent of whom are economically disadvantaged. Of that, 43 percent are students of color, 11 percent are English language learners, 12 percent of students have disabilities, 3 percent are migrant students, and 84 percent first-generation college-goers (i.e. parents without a college degree).

Our partnership goal is to engage all district students with hands-on, project-based learning about space exploration, Mars, an upcoming Venus probe, and studies about our solar system and our planet. Students will explore the weather patterns, terrain, and geological activity of Earth, the Moon, and Mars. They will also explore meteors, comets, asteroids, the Oort cloud, asteroid belt, Kuiper belt, and take a tour of the eight planets in our solar system.

Oregon State University 

In partnership with Oregon State University's Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has transformed one of our classrooms into a Space Garden, where guests can connect with current space sciences. Inside this makeshift lunar habitat laboratory, guests will be able to learn about hydroponics and grow a variety of plants in simulant Martian and lunar regolith, much like the astronauts in Project Artemis.

The intended result is that those exploring the Space Garden will be able to do one or more of the following:

  • Discuss diverse materials that come from people and are helpful to people and the potential for such materials to contribute to life in space
  • Identify ways plants build and maintain soil, and how soil-plant relations may differ when grown in a space colony
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of plant disease and how to manage the disease to minimize loss of plants, particularly with small plant populations in space
  • Illustrate a model of how a plant builds a body and how parts contribute to survival and reproduction and speculate ways the plant's life cycle may be different in space
  • Recognize symptoms of a stressed plant and predict possible causes, ways to reverse, and predict likely causes of stress on plants in space
  • Relate environmental conditions to a plant's growth form and discover what conditions in space are likely to alter it
  • Explore rationale for saving seeds of some plants over others regarding maintaining healthy genetics in limited populations due to the size of the initial space colony
  • Propagate selected, favored plants by means other than seeds

South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership

The South Metro-Salem Partnership (SMSP), hosted by the Oregon Institute of Technology, is a regional collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs, and business and community partners that are focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields. SMSP is one of 13 such regional partnerships in Oregon that work closely to share practices and resources through the STEM Oregon Hub Network.

SMSP is a partner with the NASA-funded Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, WA) to connect formal and informal Earth and Space Science experiences for underserved students across Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. Annually, SMSP works with the Central Oregon STEM Hub (hosted by High Desert ESD in Bend, OR) and Southern Oregon STEM Hub (hosted by Southern Oregon ESD in Medford, OR) to deliver regional three-day curriculum development workshops for middle school teachers. These workshops focus on curricular development of lessons and units focused on alignment of Science Mission Directorate NASA material and resources with the Next Generation Earth and Space Science Standards (NGSS). SMSP has developed a successful professional development model that advances teacher instructional practices related to the middle school NGSS Earth and Space science standards. These three-day summer workshops expose teachers to Science Mission Directorate-related resources, robotics, and drone technology, engineering design practices, and provide structured opportunities to develop lessons and units that marry standards to authentic and relevant NASA science.

The SMSP has committed to hosting at least 15 McMinnville science teachers annually in the sixth, eighth, and 10th-grade for NESSP training. This training directly benefits the educational programming of Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum by:

  • Developing a regional and statewide network of enthusiastic STEAM schoolteachers
  • Increase teacher access and awareness of NASA resources and space-related regional assets, including the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum partnership
  • Support the professional development unit, 24 PDU, which helps teachers prepare for better learning in the classroom and follow up after a field trip by integrating with grade-level curriculum and state standards and leveraging NASA missions
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