Sherman County eNews #160


  1. Ribbon Cutting at Cottonwood Canyon State Park Experience Center

  2. Starry Night at the Museum, July 14

  3. More Than One Way

  4. Sherman County History Q & A

  5. Wasco County Historical Society Program, June 30 

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

 1. Ribbon Cutting at Cottonwood Canyon State Park Experience Center

The Oregon State Parks Department and the member-based non-profit organization Oregon State Parks Foundation have cut the ribbon to open the Experience Center at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, together with the first group of students to use the facility, the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park, an 8,000-acre park that straddles the John Day River in eastern Oregon, is the second largest park in the State Park system, and one of the newest.

The Experience Center is the heart of the $1.6 million project, which will ultimately include eight cabins, a restroom and shower facility, and a new group camping area. The grand opening for the full Experience Center complex is scheduled for September 18.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation raised $800,000 for the Experience Center build-out, furthering the member-based organization’s mission to help support the Oregon State Parks through additional funding, to enhance the visitor experience and educational opportunities in State Parks.

The overarching goal of the Experience Center project is to provide a space for both an outdoor school and a gathering place for groups coming to Cottonwood Canyon.

At a modest 1,700 square feet, the sustainably designed multi-use Experience Center will include classroom space, interpretive displays, activity and meeting areas, a park-specific library, and relaxation and contemplation space. There will be a shaded outdoor area with a fireplace, and walkways connecting the Experience Center, campsites, and cabin areas.

The space will provide an opportunity for residential outdoor learning, regional activities, environmental education, and cultural events that will serve the community, the region, and state park visitors from across the state and nation.

The Experience Center was built using a variety of sustainable building practices, including smart site design, and sustainable material and solar energy usage.

Notably both the interior and exterior have extensive Juniper finishes. Juniper is seen by many as a water-hoarding nuisance in the region; the Juniper used in this project was harvested locally and resulted in a truly beautiful design aesthetic. The building demonstrates that Juniper is a viable commercial construction element that yields great results.

About the Oregon State Parks Foundation  The Oregon State Parks Foundation is a state-wide, member-supported, non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in Oregon’s State Parks.

You may not know that NOT A SINGLE PENNY of state taxes has gone to support the State Parks since 1998. Instead, user fees cover about 55 percent of the operating costs, and the Oregon Lottery covers about 44 percent. Hence, your parks need your support by becoming a member of the Foundation.

Since 1995, the Foundation has supported many vital projects such as restoring Vista House at Crown Point, helping to renovate five Oregon Lighthouses, and preserving the Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum.

The Foundation strives to connect all Oregonians with their State Parks, to enrich the visitor experience through interpretation and education, and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.  To learn more about the Foundation, and to become a member, go to:

 2. Starry Night at the Museum, July 14

Join us at Maryhill for a magical overnight campout and stargazing experience in one of the most majestic settings imaginable. Volunteers from Rose City Astronomers will provide telescopes to give visitors awe-inspiring views of the summer night sky. Catch glimpses of the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Sagittarius, and even some meteors if we are lucky! Troy Carpenter from the Goldendale Observatory will be our guest lecturer and Will Hornyak will share a selection of star stories. Arrive early in the afternoon for a festive line-up of live music in the sculpture garden. Don’t miss this fantastic, family-friendly event! 

Cost for Tent or RV Campsite: $50 members | $60 non-members; Includes campsite in the gardens at Maryhill, and one (1) free admission to the museum for each member in your party. Tent and RV sites accommodate one tent or RV. Campers provide their own tents and camping gear. No cooking or fires permitted. There are no RV (electrical) hook-ups or showers. Deadline to register for tent or RV site is July 11.

Visitors who wish to stargaze without camping, are welcome. Stargazing only is FREE on the grounds of the museum.

To register complete the form and use PayPal to complete your transaction. If you prefer, you can also reserve by phone at 509.773.3733 ext. 25.

3. More Than One Way

When you are learning something new, what helps you learn more easily and what interferes with the process? Today, let’s talk about learning styles.

There are different styles of almost everything you can do or buy, from playing a guitar to picking out a new car. But, did you know that there are also different styles of learning? Some folks are visual learners; they literally need to see relationships with their eyes before they can understand. Other people learn best when they can hear new ideas.

Some people like to think a problem through before they try to solve it, while others feel more comfortable with a trial and error approach. Some people like to see an overview of how what they’re doing fits into the big picture before it makes sense. Others feel just fine working on one isolated area of a larger project, as long as they understand how their particular part works.

You see, there is no one best way to learn or to teach. The best teachers adjust their styles to suit individual learners, and the best learners learn to make their needs known, or they set up circumstances that facilitate their own unique style. Remember, your child may not have the same learning style that you do, and two kids in the same family may learn equally well but by very different methods.

One other thing to remember: child learners become adult employees. When there is learning to be done on the job – and there always is in thriving, growing organizations – wise leadership provides for different learning styles, and benefits even more because of this respect for diversity of thought. If organizations only think or learn in one way, locking on to what they do and how they do it, then they automatically lock out everything else. A better way or opportunity isn’t even recognized when it crosses their path.

For best results, honor these differences. Open up your field of vision! Find out all you can about your children’s and your employees’ learning styles, and refrain from trying to force square-peg-learners into round-hole-experiences. You’ll both be happier. Along the way, you might just learn something new about yourself in the process. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County History Q & A

QUESTION. They practiced pontoon bridging on the Columbia River to prepare for the crossing of the Rhine River during World War 2. Who were they and where?

The answer is with the Links.

5. Wasco County Historical Society Program, June 30 

The second program in the Historical Society series will be “From Pioneer Drugstore to Community Icon: the Waldron Drugstore” presented by Eric Gleason on June 30, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.  It will be at the Wing Hong Hai Building (aka the Chinese Building) at 210 E. 1st Street in The Dalles.  Eric will have information on the Waldron Building, including history and old photos.  Come to hear the facts about the oldest commercial building in The Dalles! For more information call 541-980-7453.  

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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