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School Gardens Tour

A tour of four school gardens in the Portland Metro Area

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Next 4-H School Garden Tour:  April 26, 2013

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Tour Details

DATE: April 26, 2013

TIME:  8:30 am to 3:30 pm

COST: $30.00* ($20 for current 4-H leaders and 4H Member schools) This includes bus transportation, morning refreshments, lunch and information packet.

MEETING LOCATION: Our tour will start from the OSU Extension Metro Hispanic Nutrition Office.

            10029 NE Prescott St. Portland, OR 97220

Our tour will begin with morning refreshments and an introductory program on school gardens.

*This price is included in the $155 registration fee for those who attended the 4-H School Gardens Training (January 25-27)



School Tour Sites

This year's Garden Tour will look at schools in East County, and includes a lunch with a representative from US Fish and Wildlife Service. There are 4 different school districts represented so tour participants have the opportunity to learn about the various logistics of creating a green space at their school. This is a great opportunity for educators, parents, school board members, school faculty and students to learn about what can be done (and is happening) in local schools. There will be a question and answer time at each school, and the tours themselves will be lead by volunteers, school staff and students.




Springwater Environmental Services School is a public charter school for grades K-8, within the Oregon City school district. The mission of Springwater Environmental Sciences School is to integrate the sciences throughout the academic core curriculum in a nurturing environment created and maintained by a high level of parent and community involvement. The school has integrated sciences curriculum, an environmental education focus. Their school garden is on 5-acres, and students participate in Friday Field Studies.



Pleasant Valley Elementary School is a school with deep historical roots, a unique environment, an experienced staff and high-performing students. The school population is composed of rural and suburban students. The staff is very focused on the teaching of reading, writing and math through set blocks each day. They are home to the Wildside Project: multi-year project where 8.5 acres of campus are being transformed from a site of invasive plants to one of a restored forest hosting native plants and food gardens. Last year a greenhouse for was constructed largely from reused materials and an eco-roof was added.



Springwater Trail High School is a community of learning, hope and high expectations. It encourages a culture which connects with the community and which supports learning, growth and responsibility that is intentional and reflective. The curriculum and instruction offers an opportunity for an education that gives hope and direction to every student. The school is in the process of completing a garden site primarily designed for vegetable production and classroom-extension activities.  It will be a space for students to relax, socialize, and learn in.  Also, it is our hope to grow the site to include a native habitat as well.



Walt Morey Middle School expects all students to achieve above their academic/behavioral comfort zone by providing meaningful learning through challenging content with clear and high expectations. The Walt Morey Middle School curriculum focuses on developing study skills and academic skills necessary for success in high school and college. Their green space is a rain garden called Silver Valley.  It takes storm water from the building and surrounding area and recycles it back into the soil.


Highlights of the Tour

  • Keys to Success that ensure school habitats are maintained, sustained and used
  • How schools have transformed their school grounds into food gardens and wildlife habitats
  • Improved student science interest and knowledge through 4-H projects and curriculum
  • Increased parent involvement and community partnerships which results in improved student academic performance across all curriculum areas.
  • Introduction to the Diverse range of options for creating a green space
  • Education resources and tools that are most effective
  • Supporting teachers in the classroom with trained 4-H Volunteers
  • How to get involved with these projects


8:15 am  Check in and refreshments

8:30 am   Welcom and Opening Program

9:00 am    Depart on buses for tour

9:30 am    Pleasant Valley Elementary

10:45 am  Springwater Environmental Sciences K-8 School

11:30 am  Catered Lunch at Bella Vista Park with presentation by USFWS staff

12:45 am  Walt Morey Middle School

2:15 pm   Springwater Trail High School

3:30 pm   Arrive back at OSU Extension Metro Hispanic Office


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