Washington Park is closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger. The Museum building remains closed due to COVID-19.
The Explore Washington Park free shuttle has been suspended and the archery range, hiking trails, International Rose Test Garden, and all public lands are closed. Check with individual venues for their statuses.
OREGON WILDFIRE RESOURCES:
I. Status Updates
II. Emotional Support
III. Talking to Children
IV. How Wildfires Help
V. Climate Change
Science for Kids
Visit wildfire.oregon.gov to stay informed about the 2020 Oregon Wildfires and learn about resources across the state.
"I wonder if we could have a world full of people who know what to do when things go wrong. How could this ever happen?" —Angelina, Age 7
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Caregiver resources for helping children cope with wildfires.
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline | 1-800-985-5990: 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call above or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.
Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Call Center | 503-988-4888: Overwhelming anxiety, constant worrying, trouble sleeping, and other depression-like symptoms are common responses before, during, & after wildfires. Open 24/7.
Disasters Volunteers & Donations Portal: How you can help. The currently situation continues to rapidly evolve.
TALKING TO CHILDREN:
"What happens when we try scary things?" —Hana, Teacher
"You find out that things might not be scary anymore." —Lucas, Age 5
Ways to Talk to Children about Wildfires & Other Scary Things
Parenting Now! Tips from child development experts.
10 Tips for Talking to Kids About Wildfires
Children's Hospital Colorado: How to talk about wildfires.
Parent Guidelines for Children Impacted by Wildfire Distress
National Traumatic Stress Network: How can I help my child? What can I do for myself?
LEARNING ABOUT FIRE:
How Wildfires Help
Science for Kids | Video: 4.5-Minute Listen!
Fire is part of nature. Fire keeps our forests clean & healthy. While it can be very dangerous, fire can also be helpful.
"We should feel & know & learn about what happens. You can be amazed by the process." —Lois, Age 9
How Firefighters Combat Wildfires
The Kids Should See This | Video: 2.5-Minute Listen!
An Explainer Video: Teamwork is essential for controlling wilfires.
ON CLIMATE CHANGE:
Crash Course Kids | Video: 3.5-Minute Listen!
The effects of climate change & how one small change in an ecosystem can throw everything off.
What's the difference between weather & climate?
You can't "weather" a tree, but you can "climb it!"
I'm only a kid, I can't do anything about climate change....right?
Global Weirding | Video: 7-Minute Listen!
You can make a difference. The question is how.
School Strike for Climate
TEDxStockholm | Video: 11-Minute Listen!
Greta Thunberg: Save the world by changing the rules.