farm programs

The Sauvie Island Center offers elementary school students the opportunity to journey into the fields and learn about growing food, farming and the relationship both activities have to the land.  Kids’ even have their own farm row, the Grow Lunch Garden, which is hosted by our partner organization Food Works,  a program of Village Gardens. The hands-on curriculum is organized to make use of small groups, allowing each child to get their hands dirty during each activity, including:
  •  Compost/Soil Investigation and Seed Planting
  • Plant Parts Investigation
  • Food Web: The interconnectedness of forest and farm food chains
  • Seed to Harvest:  Students plant, tend and harvest vegetables from their own field, the Grow Lunch Garden
  • Pollinator Investigation

Field trips are for students in grades K-5 and are offered to groups with a maximum of 35 students. The cost per trip is $150. Scholarship funds are available for those who qualify.  Our field trip season begins in April and runs through mid-November.

To schedule a field trip please contact Sarah Philips at (503)341-8627 or email (Enable Javascript to see the email address).  Trips are generally held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the spring and fall seasons.  Some Monday trips may be available.

2017 summer farm camps will be held in July and August.  At camp children spend a week exploring the 18 acre Sauvie Island Organics farm and adjacent grounds of Metro’s Howell Territorial Park. Each day at camp will be a new adventure, focusing on one area of the Sauvie Island Center curriculum. Sauvie Island Center’s education staff will guide campers through exploration activities and a daily nature journaling exercise.  In addition, campers will gather produce from our Grow Lunch Garden and use their harvest to prepare fresh, tasty supplements to their own sack lunches (which should include bottled water). Other activities include nature-themed arts and crafts projects and group games.  Farm camp is an outdoor experience. Children will be outside all day, everyday soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.  Register here for summer camp.

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Thank you cards from previous field trips

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Alexis thank you Meret thank you Marg thank you


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