Creating Sustainable Change
The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster the simultaneous pursuit of human equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being in the present and future. Through our efforts, we hope to help students develop the skills, strategies, and networks necessary to work towards their vision of society.
Grove Community Garden
The Grove Community Garden is a garden for University of Oregon students. It is located near 18th St. and Moss, next to the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living. Plots cost $25.00 to rent for the year. Partnering with the Urban Farm, the Grove is a place to learn, get your hands in the soil, and eat the delicious benefits of your labor.
Many heirloom varieties of garden plants only exist in seed libraries. As new varieties have been bred for commercial farming—often focusing more on consistency than flavor—old varieties have begun to die out. The Student Sustainability Center operates a free seed library for non-commercial use with a large variety of seeds.
UO Greeks Go Green
UO Greeks Go Green is an initiative promoting sustainability and zero waste practices within Fraternity and Sorority Life. Started through the UO Zero Waste Program, Greeks Go Green helps chapters obtain the resources and knowledge they need to become more environmentally friendly.
The Bottles Up program is a partnership between the Student Sustainability Center and the UO Zero Waste Program. Abandoned bottles and mugs from lost and found bins across campus are collected and redistributed for free to visitors of the Student Sustainability Center in our office and at sustainability events. Stop by and grab a bottle, please wash it before use.
The new National Geographic photography exhibition at the MNCH reveals some of the world's most astounding phenomena—from rare supercell storm clouds to an underwater sculpture garden in Mexico. Shot by some of the world's finest photographers, Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and cultural materials seldom seen by human eyes.
The MNCH proudly offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums to learn more.
300 million years of Northwest natural history. Go Deep.
Explore the forces shaping Oregon’s landscapes and ecosystems. Discover the giant sabertooth salmon and other amazing animals from Oregon’s past, and take part in a dialogue about climate, conservation, and our future.
Delve into Oregon’s story, from the first Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s tribes. This newly enhanced exhibit combines interactive technology, hands-on experiences, and world-class collections—showcasing 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and inviting you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more!
When did people arrive in North America? How did they get here?
Museum archaeologists found surprising answers to these questions at Oregon’s Paisley Caves. Explore the evidence for yourself, and discover the evolving story of the First Americans.
Paisley Caves and the First Americans is part of the newly enhanced Oregon—Where Past is Present exhibit.
Mountains formed in moments? Bootprints that last for thousands of years? All this and more happens on Earth's only satellite, the Moon! Learn interesting facts and explore NASA photos of our closest celestial neighbor in this featured hallway exhibit.
How can wolves and people coexist in our modern world? From Alaska to Oregon to North Carolina, explore the epic story of North America’s wolves—and the vital role humans play in shaping their future.
Enhance your visit to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History with a talk and exhibit tour! Perfect for solo visitors, couples, or small groups, 2PM Walk & Talks are included with the price of admission. Topics range from the geology of the Cascades to Oregon’s dynamic cultural heritage. Call 541-346-3024 to find out what we’re talking about today!
Tuesdays through Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL! Thank you all for your enthusiasm! There is a waiting list for this event—see website for details.
Join US Forest Service archaeologist Tony Farque on an easy 2.5 mile hike to Cascadia Cave in the Sweet Home Ranger District. Learn about the Kalapuya people who have lived in the area since time immemorial and see the rock art still visible in the cave. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing, and bring a lunch.
$45 per person; $40 for MNCH members. Transportation is provided. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Visit natural-history.uoregon.edu to register or learn more.
We're bringing family-friendly fun to libraries across the community! Join us at your neighborhood library for Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies, and delve into Oregon's history through a variety of hands-on engineering challenges. Admission is free. Dates are listed throughout the summer; check with your library for more details.