In the heat of summer, you can still feel a chill with a visit to the Tualatin Heritage Center and its plethora of glacial facts about the Tualatin Valley during the time of the Ice Age Floods. With prehistoric artifacts, the Tualatin Heritage Center adds some colossal fun to our Nature Passport, a complimentary guide the Tualatin Valley’s 727 square miles of nature spots. Order a free Nature Passport now!
Head inside this spot’s public library for a mounted mastodon skeleton. Need a refresher on mastodons? That would be a massive, elephant-like mammal that tromped around Oregon back—way, way, way back—in the day. The mastodon skeleton’s ginormous tusks and teeth with be on display for your ogling pleasure, which will be helpful to see as you then learn about the other plants and animals of the Ice Age that these creatures ate and shared a habitat with.
The heritage center’s interpretative center flashes forward, as well, with lots of fascinating stories from the Atfalati Native American tribe and Oregon Trail settlers that called the Tualatin Valley home. Learn how the first human inhabitants of the Tualatin Valley interacted with the nature of their cherished land.
Tualatin Heritage Center
Location: 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, OR 97062
Phone: (503) 885-1926
Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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