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Explore Douglas County’s ecological diversity in the interactive Land of the Umpquas’ exhibit.

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Douglas County Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Showcasing the cultural and natural history of Douglas County for the past 50 years, visitors to the Douglas County Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Roseburg may just be surprised by the rich diversity in history, economy, environment and industry. An interactive museum perfect for patrons of all ages and abilities, the experience offers many “hands-on” indoor and outdoor exhibits that encourage interactive learning.

Claiming Oregon’s largest natural history exhibition — The Land of the Umpquas’ — displays tell the story of the Umpqua Tribe from past to present. The museum is open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is an affordable $8 USD for adults, $2 USD for students (ages 5-17) and free for children 4 and under.

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Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve

Nestled in the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains in Southwest Oregon, Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve welcomes park visitors into its marble-laden caves from late-March through early-November. The main attraction — three guided cave tours led by park rangers and a three-hour off-cave tour led by trained off-trail cavers — are available to visitors (read the “fine print” requirements for age and height on the park website).

While reservations for a cave tour are not required, they are strongly recommended during peak travel seasons. While the caves are closed for the winter season, park visitors can still enjoy the network of hiking trails, picnic spots and wildlife viewing. Seasonal camping, lodging and dining are also available. If you’re en route to the California Redwoods, the Oregon Caves makes a great stopping off point.

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