Our classroom is the 18-acre Sauvie Island Growers farm and the grounds of the adjacent Howell Territorial Park, which is owned and managed by Metro. We offer school field trips, summer camps and opportunities for kids and their parents to dig in and learn about food, farming and the land together, as a family.
Shari Raider, the farmer/owner of Sauvie Island Organics, (now Sauvie Island Growers) founded the Center in 2005 in response to frequent requests for farm tours she received from local schools. Our hands-on, farm-based curriculum was developed through a partnership between farmers, educators and culinary professionals, including our co-founder and James Beard award-winning chef Cory Schreiber.
Designed to make use of our unique site, the curriculum includes the exploration and study of the Sauvie Island Organics farm and adjacent native plant hedgerow, as well as the Metro managed wetlands, forest and orchard. In 2014 we partnered with Portland State University’s Center for Science Education and Portland’s Metro STEM partnership to align our curriculum with Next Generation Science Standards. Now students participating in field trips to the Sauvie Island Center will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the link between plant structure and its function and how human agricultural impacts earth systems.