Teacher Resources

Classes visiting our museum have access to all of our exhibits, from hands-on demonstrations to more than 200 planes and spacecraft. Please see our attractions page for a full listing. It’s easy to schedule a class tour, just contact our Education Department at 503-434-4185 or email education@sprucegoose.org.

In addition, we offer a detailed Teacher’s Guide and Teacher Resource Center to help you plan your visit. K-12 educators can also participate in our Annual Educator Workshop. And, don’t forget to view our collection of links on our educational resources page.

Teacher Guides

Our mission is to instill a life-long passion for learning in every student. To this goal, our Teacher’s Guides are designed to enhance your lesson plan with background information, aeronautics vocabulary, book lists, and classroom activities. Each activity strives to integrate aeronautic and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) related lessons with hands-on exercises.Our teaching guides also provide a springboard for learning that can be easily incorporated into your lesson plan. The science, math, history, and art connections are endless – just use the resource page at the back of our guide to fortify and expand your current curriculum.

Educational Packet

Educational Packet 2

Teacher Resource Center

Whether you teach an entire class or home school your own children, our Teacher Resource Center will have everything you need to create a comprehensive curriculum in aeronautics. The center will include lessons in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and house numerous materials and books that can be checked out. We are fortunate to have materials from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Boeing, Beech, Raytheon, Cessna, Air National Guard, Air Force, Army, Navy, Star Base, American Meteorological Society, National Planetary Society, National Space Society, other space and aviation museums, and numerous organizations affiliated with the aerospace industry and aerospace education.

Downloadable Activities

Looking for aerospace or science-themed classroom activities? Browse our selection of downloadable teaching tools to help students learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Paper Airplane: Print full size on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, decorate, fold and the fly.

Dot to Dot: Connect the dots and what do you find?

Airplane Word Find

Rocket Word Find

Maze: Help the Pilot Find Their Plane

Maze: Help the Plane


Education Links


The following sites are resources for various aspects of aviation education. The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and the Captain Michael King Smith Educational Institute has no control over and does not necessarily endorse their content. Please notify us if you find that one of these links is not working, or if you know of a site that would be good to add.

Aerospace Education

Teacher Curriculum and Teaching Aids

How Things Fly


Research Resources

A very complete listing of aviation and aerospace museums

Archival Files of the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute


Other Aviation Sites and Attractions

Research Library

Welcome to the Library and Archives Resource Center

The Library and Archives collections are prized treasures of the Institute and many items are irreplaceable. The Library is maintained for the purpose of historical and academic research. It is solely a reference library and is available to the public only by appointment.

We actively collect library and research material to compliment our educational mission. The Institute collects, preserves and interprets the history of aviation culture through its collections, educational programs, exhibits, research projects, library and archives.

We invite you to consider us a worthy repository for your aviation related objects, such as aircraft, armament, art, literature, maps, memorabilia, photos, personal papers and equipment, power plants, uniforms, vehicles and so forth. To offer items of historical aviation interest to the Institute, please contact a collections department staff member. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and as such, your contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The museum seeks excellence and credibility by striving to meet the accreditation standards of the American Association of Museums. The Institute adheres to a Board approved collection management policy that spells out the management of our collections, in order to ensure adequate responsibility for their safety, proper care and appropriate use.

Access to the Museum Archives, the Evergreen Corporate Archives and the Photo Archives is through the Collections Department staff by appointment only. The user must complete a Research Library Usage Form.

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