From our beginning as an exhibit in an elementary school classroom, Portland Museum is rooted in education. Throughout the year, we offer week-long youth camps and drop-in workshops. Below you will find information on camps and workshops as they are finalized, in addition to educational resources to further engage visitors in Portland’s history/present/future!

We are working hard to get the registration and scholarship applications online. In the meantime, please contact us for more information, to register for camps, and/or apply for scholarships. You can find our contact information through the “Contact/Visit” menu tab above, or call (502) 776.7678. Please note, we have a limited number of scholarships available for each camp, so apply ASAP!

iRead Camp 2019

Multiple sessions available; see below
Grades 2 – 5
Cost: $15/session — students may enroll in multiple sessions
Led by JCPS educator Takisha Neeley and local printmaker Karen Weeks

Session 1: June 10 – June 14, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Session 2: June 17 – June 21, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Session 3: June 24 – June 28, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Led by a JCPS teacher, this program aims to maintain (or improve) your child’s reading level and prevent summer slide. Also, at the end of each day, our printer-in-residence will teach workshops in various bookmaking techniques, and students will leave with their own creations!

Young Curators Camp 2019

June 17 – 21, 10am – 5pm
Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $50

Send your child to Portland Museum this summer for a week filled with learning about what it takes to work in a museum and gallery setting! For 4 days, students will explore Collections Management, Archival Techniques, and Installation Work alongside museum staff, as well as on field trips to other local museums. Then on the 5th day, your child will curate a pop-up exhibition at Portland Museum!

Preservation Camp 2019

June 24 – 28
Grades 5 – 9
Cost: $150

Expand your child’s education this summer, and send them to Portland Museum’s Squire Earick House – the oldest, still standing, timber-framed house in Jefferson County!

For the first few days, your child will learn about Portland’s social history and historical architecture. The camp will also go on daily trips to the museum’s Squire Earick House where students will work with various public history and archaeology professionals to understand what it means to have a historic house in a museum collection. Plus, we will visit a couple local historic house museums!

Overall, campers will learn to research and evaluate sources pertaining to historical culture and explore the 19th century techniques used to create the Squire Earick House.