Tours (for groups of 10 or more up to 100, aged 10 or older) are scheduled Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Over 4,000 people visit the Center each year, including elementary and middle school students; high school groups; undergraduate and graduate student groups; civic groups and other organizations; and members of the general public.
Tours are designed to accommodate the special interests of each group. Depending on group size and interest, tours may feature an interactive presentation about science methods and current center research projects, a visit to the outdoor corrals to observe the Center's rhesus and Japanese macaque breeding colonies, West Campus scientists discussing their research, and/or a tour of selected labs. (Lab tours available for groups of fewer than 16 persons only, ages 16 and older.)
All tours are free of charge, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the role of nonhuman primates in biomedical research and to observe nonhuman primate behavior. Depending on the group, tours will normally require 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours.
For additional information, contact Diana Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-346-5055.
A visit to the Primate Center generally consists of an interactive presentation during which the history, mission, and current research focus areas of scientists at the Center are reviewed. This presentation can incorporate a variety of topics depending on the desires of the educator/group leader. Please discuss your needs with Diana when you schedule your visit.
Following the presentation, visitors view the outdoor breeding colonies of rhesus and Japanese macaques. We will walk approximately .5 miles; the snow monkey overlook is accessed by walking up a set of 20 stairs. Plan for 1.5 – 2.5 hours to complete your visit. It is recommended that visitors dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes!
For younger students (5th grade – middle school)
For younger students an advance visit to the school is required so that Diana can explain the history and mission of the Primate Center, and generally prepare the students for the visit. During this visit, information about the science that is conducted here will be relayed in an age-appropriate, interactive manner, and students have the opportunity to ask questions about research, careers, etc.
The visit to the Center is scheduled several days to two weeks after the visit to the school and consists of a brief presentation focusing on monkey behavior and observation techniques, followed by a visit to the sheltered housing units. Students use a specially designed ethogram to conduct informal behavioral observations. This visit requires approximately 90 minutes. Since it is conducted largely out of doors, students should be instructed to dress for the weather.