9:30am to 5pm daily

1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

In Your Classroom

From museum educator-led presentations to object-rich trunks, CRMM offers a wealth of material for your classroom.

Museum in the Schools

Can’t make it to the Museum this school year? We will send a highly-trained museum educator to visit your school and facilitate an exciting array of hands-on programs.

All programs support Common Core and National Curriculum and are FREE to schools in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Clark Counties.

Please coordinate your visit request with other teachers at your school, as we must visit a minimum of four classrooms per trip.

Please note, we are fully booked for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 Programs

Sharks of the Pacific Northwest

Grades: K-5
There are over 400 different types of sharks in the world. Here in the Pacific Northwest our waters are home to 15 of those species, some of which are the most unusual looking, dangerous, and even tastiest sharks in the ocean. In this lesson, students will learn about one of the most important and misunderstood creatures in ocean.

Monsters of the Sea

Grades K-3
Forget about the Loch Ness monster, we have our very own sea monster legends right here in Oregon and Washington. After this lesson, students will be able to differentiate between legends, myths, and facts as well as be able to recite local sea monster stories. For this lesson, students will need to bring a rock or small piece of driftwood from home to make a sea monster.

Past and Present Pirates

Grades K-5
From the golden age of piracy on the high seas to the heavily armed gangs of modern pirates roaming our oceans today, pirates have an interesting and exciting history. This program will introduce lesser known facts and stories, as well as clear up some misconceptions we all have about pirates.

A Shore Thing

Grades K-5
The narrow strip of shoreline between land and ocean contains the greatest diversity of living things on earth. The migratory birds of the Oregon and Washington coast will be discovered through their migration patterns and adaptations to food and resting sources. Hands-on participation in “building a shorebird” and “feeding frenzy” will point out adaptations and encourage students to examine some of the behaviors and physical characteristics that enable shorebirds to thrive in their environment.

Volcanoes of the Pacific Rim

Grades 4-5
More than seventy-five percent of the world’s volcanoes reside along the Pacific Ring of Fire. In this lesson, students will learn about the nature of volcanoes, where they are found, how and why they erupt, and what happens after an eruption. This hands-on lesson will demonstrate plate tectonics and will help students recognize key characteristics of volcanoes and volcanic eruptions.

For questions about presentation logistics or content, please contact the Education Manager, Nate Sandel at 503.325.2323.

Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks are available for a two-week loan period. Click here to reserve a trunk.

For questions about Traveling Trunk logistics or content, please contact the Field Educator at 503.325.2323.


Class inside Clatsop County $20
Class outside Clatsop County $30

Delivery options

One-way UPS shipment at an additional cost of $30, or pick up at the Museum's main entrance. The borrower is solely responsible for returning the trunk to the Museum, either through direct drop off or by arranging for shipment.

Trunks Available

Captain Gray’s Sea Chest

Grades: 3-8
Captain Robert Gray’s Sea Chest illuminates the story of seafaring, exploration, and the American presence in the Pacific Northwest. Investigate the historical replica items, videos and music using the Educator's Guide inside Gray’s chest to give your students a truly hands-on experience.

Early Astoria

Grades: 1-8
As the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains Astoria has served as the site of many exciting expeditions including the Lewis and Clark voyage, and establishment of the Astor Fur Trading Post. The Early Astoria Trunk provides a hands-on experience for your students to connect artifacts and replicas to these adventures.

Lines, Helms, and Deadeyes: Maritime Simple Machines

Grades: K-8
The Maritime Simple Machines Trunk highlights the 6 simple machines students use every day. Using hands-on replicas, archival footage and an educator’s guide, your students will learn the ropes aboard a square-rigged ship.

Pacific Northwest Weather

Grades: K-12
From beautiful summer days to destructive winter storms, the weather in the Pacific Northwest is unique and exhilarating. The Pacific Northwest Weather trunk provides students with the tools to become meteorologists and hydrologists just like employees at NOAA. Use replicas, video footage, and an educator's guide to lead your students on this storm of knowledge.