We work with and within a variety of settings through partnerships with local organizations and sites. This ensures a beautiful mosaic of learning opportunities and experiences, while showing learners the many wonders and resources within their own community. Whether you seek an experience connecting to our peasant ancestry through preparing and sharing a meal on an urban farm, studying pollinators, exploring the amazing diversity of the Oregon forests, streams, and valleys, EdenAcres can help design the perfect learning adventure for you and your students.
Forest Grove Lions Club
When we were starting up with EdenAcres, we knew that we would need the support of others in our community. With their focus on youth and environment, Lions Club International was a natural connection. We are proud to serve as a branch club of the Forest Grove Lions.
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Nana Cardoon Urban Farm Learning Center
Nestled in the heart of Forest Grove, Nana Cardoon is an urban homestead that offers opportunities to explore and learn about artisanal food production from soil to seed and farm to table. The site is densely packed with garden beds, a berry patch, ducks and chickens, a small orchard, and grain trial patches. The outdoor kitchen boasts an earth oven, a variety of wood-fired stoves, a bicycle-powered grain grinder, and a plethora of strange and wonderful cooking utensils collected from the world over.
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Swallowtail School and Farm
Located just off Glencoe Road in Hillsboro, Swallowtail Farm is a 26 acre parcel that includes an old farmhouse and barn, a sweeping expanse of productive farmland, and a meandering creek. Chickens, Miniature Donkeys, and a wide diversity of wildlife populate the riparian ecosystem. Campers will have plenty of space to roam and explore as we engage in activities related to their camp theme!
31620 NW CAMP IRELAND STREET, HILLSBORO, OREGON 97124, USA
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Dairy Creek Community Food Web
In order to support schools and teachers wishing to take advantage of the many benefits outdoor learning provides, we’ve teamed up with the Dairy Creek Community Food Web to provide the three elements we believe are essential to a good school garden:
- Professional development and community building for teachers using gardens
- Equipment, supplies, and person-power for installing and maintaining the gardens themselves
- A coordinator to manage and organize garden activities across schools.
As described in Pampline Media Group’s recent article in the FG NewsTmes, Dairy Creek Community Food Web has been active in its pursuit of grants to help fund our shared interests with school gardens. With their help, we’ve been able to hire a School Garden Coordinator (Colleen Walker) to help manage professional development activities for teachers, and build and maintain gardens at schools. We will continue to advocate with the school district for a permanent funding source for this very important position but in the meantime, we appreciate the amazing work being done by our partners at DCCFW!
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We work with faculty across disciplines to develop and deliver experiential activities for students that directly address course learning goals. Course examples include:
- Environmental Studies:
- Civic Engagement:
- Permaculture Design Science
- Food Systems
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Food for Thought and Action
- Art: Design for Sustainability
- Education: Outdoor Classroom Design