1st Saturdays

Every 1st Saturday the Coos History Museum is FREE for everyone from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Between 10am-12pm, Explorer’s Club is available for some hands on fun (topics will loosely follow the First Tuesday Talk for the month).

For a complete list of First Saturday events, click here.

2020 1st Saturday Sponsors:

Coquille Animal Hospital

Wildflower Seed Bombs

Even though the museum is temporarily closed and our April First Saturday and First Tuesday Talk, The Shore Acres Story by David and Shirley Bridgham are not possible this month, we still want you to be able to participate in our Explorers Club activity. This is an activity we believe everyone can enjoy that might also bring a little brightness to the coming days. In keeping with the theme of the beautiful gardens of Shore Acres and upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd, we want to provide you with some tips and tricks to make your own wildflower seed bombs to spruce up your own gardens and community! Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your waterfront art with everyone or post it to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cooshistorymuseum/)!

Materials

  • Powder clay (clay soil or air-dry clay can be substitutes) 
  • Potting soil or compost 
  • Wildflower seeds local to the area
  • Water
  • Large bowl 

Directions

  • In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together approximately 3 cups of clay powder, 1 cup of seeds, and 5 cups of compost or potting soil – it’s alright to get your hands dirty!
  • Slowly add water and make sure the mixture isn’t too dry or too wet, but that there is enough liquid the contents will stick together.
  • Next, roll the mixture into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter and set them in a sunny place to dry.
  • Note: For the best effect, wait for a rainy day to throw your seed bombs into a bare garden or area of land – and that’s about it! 

Please try to use local wildflower seeds, but if you are unable to purchase any you can always gather some from your local surroundings! We also encourage natural materials, but if you are unable to acquire clay you can try using natural glues or blend up (works best with an actual blender) small pieces of newspaper and water, or come up with your own creative solutions and let us know what you came up with!

Create your own Waterfront 

On March 3rd, 2020 our 1st Tuesday Talk by Bruce Day and Wayne Schade was about “The Changing Waterfront.” So, we decided to help children and families create their own water front at the the March 7th, 2020 Explorers Club; and now you can create your own at home! Your waterfront can reflect what Coos Bay used to look like, what it looks like today, what it might look like in the future, or whatever you want it to look like! Use the information below as a guide to help you and your kiddos create your own version of the Coos Bay waterfront. Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your waterfront art with everyone!

Materials 

  • Paper (computer and/or construction)
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Scissors
  • Cupcake/muffin liners
  • Paper plates
  • Popsicle sticks/stirring sticks/toothpicks, etc. 
  • Photographs, magazine cutouts, other images, etc. 
  • Note: you can use some, all, or come up with your own materials!

Directions 

  • Start with a piece of paper and fold it in half hamburger-style (or draw a line so you have two even halves). The “top” half should be your waterfront section and the “bottom” half should be your bay section. Use the rest of the materials to color, build, and attach things to each section that represent that part of the waterfront. Our only suggestion is that you make your scenes as 3-D as possible for an extra fun challenge!
  • Your waterfront or land scene should include things you might see on the waterfront or shore. Examples might include: land animals and birds, buildings (homes, stores), transportation (cars, trains), land plants or trees, docks, etc.  
  • Your bay or ocean scene should include things you might see on or in the water. Examples might include sea animals and birds, transportation (boats, ships, canoes), ocean plants, log rafts, etc. 
  • In the end, we want to be able to put the images of everyone’s waterfront together side by side to create a Coos county waterfront scene! Take a look at the examples we have here from the March 7th Explorers Club for inspiration. 

Ocean in a Bottle 

With a 1st Tuesday Talk on February 4th, 2020 about the “Geology of Oregon’s South Coast” by Ron Metzger, we decided to create our own geological model, or rather, ocean in a bottle. Hopefully, living close to the ocean you might have some of these items at home, or at the very least they might be just a drive away. Or, create your own type of model or ecosystem with materials around your home! Don’t forget to share your creations with us and email any questions, comments, and a picture of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org

Materials

  • Small (or tall) water bottle 
  • Hot glue/regular glue
  • Rope or similar materials
  • Small shells 
  • Sand 
  • Other beach or ocean materials that will fit through bottle opening 

Directions

  • Get your bottle of water and take a drink or two out of it so that you can add the rest of your materials 
  • Add sand, small shells, coral, seaweed, etc.
  • Add glue around the opening of the bottle, screw the cap back on, and let it dry so that the opening is glued shut
  •  For an added touch, tie a rope around the cap and add your favorite shell
  • Shake up the bottle and see how over time, something like seaweed may continue to float, but sand and shells will settle to the bottom just as they do in the ocean!