“An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
We work everyday to cultivate children’s relationship to the natural world. We are fortunate enough to live in an extraordinary city with parks, forests, and farms within just a few miles of our school. We’ve made field trips a priority, which means venturing out for hikes and farm visits frequently throughout the school year.
Each fall, we pick pumpkins on Sauvie Island and return to the same farm to pick strawberries at the end of the school year. About every six weeks in between these events, we explore preserved natural settings in Portland such as the Audubon Society, Forest Park, Reed Canyon Watershed, and Tryon Creek State Park. Here are a few blog posts from recent field trips!
We gear up to do these trips rain or shine. We study the animal and plant life in each region by sharing related books, songs, and activities. In this way, we nurture children’s and families’ connections to the amazing pockets of wilderness right here in our city.
Parents coordinate their family’s transportation to our field trip sites and they and younger siblings are welcome to join in. Our hiking trips are generally free of charge and farm trips typically cost a modest $5-$7/child. HFP covers the cost for any family in need. These outings tend to be community builders, as we have ample adult supervision and time to visit in stunning settings.