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School Visits

The Oregon State Capitol offers guided school tours. Before your visit, we invite you to use the pre-trip lesson plans, videos and other resources available throughout this site, developed to support the tour experience. Lesson plans are also available to support continued learning during the student's visit and back in the classroom.​

K-3rd Grade Tour Option

A 30-minute building tour is offered, subject to space availability, from September 1 – November 20thNote: The 30-minute tower tour is only available during the month of September for K-3rd grade, and is subject to weather conditions. One adult chaperone per 5 students is required. Maximum group is 60.

4th Grade Tour Option

The guided tour supports the information outlined in the 4th grade lesson plans which follow the Oregon Department of Education Standards as outlined in the lessons.

A 60-minute building tour and 30-minute tower tour is offered subject to space availability. Tower season is April 1 – June 1st, the month of September, and is subject to weather conditions. One adult chaperone per 5 students is required. Maximum group is 90.

4th Grade Lesson Plans

Lessons aligned with Oregon's teaching standards are available to support the student's visit. Please have your students complete the pre-tour lessons prior to the school visit. Videos and other education resources regarding the legislative process and Capitol information are available (see videos and educational resources on this page.) 

5 – 12th Grade Tour Option

A 60-minute building tour and 30-minute tower tour subject to space availability is offered. Tower season is April 1 – June 1st, the month of September, and is subject to weather conditions. One adult chaperone per 5 students is required. The maximum group is 90.

Reserve a Tour

Call 503-986-1388 to reserve a tour. Due to capacity limitations, guided tour times may be full. When calling to schedule consider having several dates as options and reserve as soon as possible. Review your confirmation. It is important to call and cancel your reservation if your plans change as schools may be on the waitlist.

Steps for a Successful Building Tour

While Oregon's Capitol is yours to visit, it is also a place of business. Teacher and chaperone participation is important. One adult chaperone per 5 students is required. Teachers and chaperones are expected to:

  • assist students with tour guide activities;
  • keep the assigned group together and stay with the students at all times;
  • direct students to be quiet and orderly and ask them to stay in single file to the right and behind the tour guide;
  • remind students that food, gum and beverages are not allowed on the tour;
  • tuck away cell phones;
  • leave backpacks and lunches on the bus; and
  • put trash in wastebaskets located throughout the Capitol and in the state park.

Steps for a Successful Tower Tour

The tower tour is a special opportunity. Tower tours are capacity controlled and subject to weather conditions. Please remember to bring the group's tower waiver forms with you and turn in prior to the start of your tour. Consider watching the tower video prior to your visit.

On the tower tour, teachers and chaperones are expected to:

  • direct students to remain quiet, stay in single file to the right, hold on to the rail and remain orderly when climbing the stairs;  
  • inform students that jumping is not allowed on the tower staircase and tower platform;
  • leave backpacks on the bus*.

*teacher or chaperone backpack for medical and emergency items is allowed.

Chaperone Responsibility

Chaperones are an important part of a successful tour. We depend on you to help make the tour a fun and educational experience. Chaperones are expected to:

  • assist students with guide activities;
  • keep the assigned group together and stay with the students at all times;
  • direct students to be quiet and orderly and ask them to stay in single file to the right and behind the tour guide;
  • remind students that food, gum and beverages are not allowed on the tour;
  • tuck away cell phones; and
  • leave backpacks and lunches on the bus.


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Arrival Time

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour. Your school tour leader should check-in at the information desk located on the first floor, while students wait on the front steps, and are divided into groups of 30 or less. Arriving early will allow for restroom breaks before your tour begins. Late arrivals take away from your tour time and experience. 

Capitol Store

Supervised groups are welcome.  Receive a 20% discount on pre-orders paid with a single transaction. Submit your group order form at least one week before your reservation and your order will be ready when you visit. Backpacks are not allowed. 

Lunch

We are unable to store lunches or backpacks. Please leave these items on the bus.

Visit Your Legislator

If a visit is scheduled with your legislator, please let us know in advance.  To better coordinate your tour, provide the meeting location and meeting time. We recommend you schedule your meeting with your legislator(s) after your guided tour.

 

Bus Parking

Buses may drop off and pick-up in front of the Capitol. Please coordinate your plans with the driver for pick-up times. Street parking around the Capitol is metered. Click here for a map of the surrounding area.

Here is a printable Capitol Floor Plan.

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Scavenger Hunt

​​Adventure through the Capitol grounds on the educational State Capitol State Park Scavenger Hunt or you can stay inside and find items using the Recycling Seal Scavenger Hunt.

Did You Know?

A fourth grade class from Sunset Primary School in West Linn petitioned the Oregon Legislature to make the Dungeness crab the official crustacean of Oregon.


View the Civics Toolkit for an overview of the way Oregon’s democracy works.


The State Library offers an amazing service for students to connect with a state librarian for research and answers to all types of questions at answerland.org.

Full Day in Salem?

In addition to visiting the Oregon State Capitol, consider stopping by theWillamette Heritage Center, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and Gilbert House.