ECOSYSTEMS OF NORTHEAST OREGON
Our main exhibit space tells the stories of this special landscape. The forests, rivers, mountains, and canyons of the Wallowa country are complex inter-connected systems.
A conversation about Zumwalt grasses may branch a dozen ways: to aspen, or elk, or people, or climate, or wind. They are intricate. We want to inspire you to see these interactions on the landscape.
MORAINES AND GEOLOGY OF THE WALLOWAS
The Wallowa country moves at many speeds. The moraines of Wallowa Lake have been here for a thousand generations. Yet, they are a transient feature: hundreds of separate flows have advanced and receded since the Wallowas formed.
The mountains themselves are not so old either: only a tenth the age of their neighboring rocks off the old Idaho "coast". We invite you to learn their story. Take your time.
BIRDS OF PREY EXHIBIT
Using photos, graphics and interactive displays, our Raptor Room guides you through the lives and science of hawks, eagles, ospreys, and condors.
Photos by Rick McEwan
THE DISCOVERY ROOM
“Hands on” discovery is our goal here. The Discovery Room provides the venue and tools to interact with many specimens – animal, vegetal, and mineral.
We feel that the guided handling of this collection of curiosities reminds us that discovery does not end when you leave Wallowology. Furthermore, it's great fun to have a room full of rocks, bugs, and skulls!
Practice your wonder here.
GREAT BLUE HERON DISPLAY
How hot does it get in a heron nest? How heavy are the birds? Ever wonder how tall a heron is? Numbers are fine, but standing next to one will answer those wonders.
We invite you to explore Rick McEwan’s work on the county’s heron rookeries in this photo exhibit in the loft.
The confidence to color, to draw. A bear and a deer track cross, separate. A map emboldens with lines.
The curiosity to ask questions, and listen. To walk and point to something strange. To hear and raise a hand during a class field trip.
The increment realization that nature is sensory. Rub bark. Smell pine. Touch fir. Glimpse a bird. Focus a lens on a tiny fossil. The world teaches.