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Washington County Programs

Washington County

Interested in incorporating agriculture, natural resources and the environment into your classroom but not quite sure how? Let us help get you started by connecting you with our Washington County Programs Coordinator, Casey Blake. He can help you with a wide assortment of things including:

  • Lessons that work for your class
  • Books set aside just for Washington County educators
  • Kits full of hands on activities you can use in the classroom
  • Explaining how our various programs work
  • Other trainings for Washington County that are upcoming

If you are interested in volunteering as well please reach out! Use the links below to register as a volunteer, or to request a volunteer and/or visit from Casey.

To learn more please to reach out:
email | casey.blake@oregonstate.edu
call | (503)713-5365

Washington County Programs Coordinator-- Working for you!

Visit us in our Washington County Office, located at 7175 NE Evergreen Parkway Suite 400, Hillsboro, OR 97124, or call our Washington County Coordinator, Casey Blake, at 503-713-5365. We would love to hear from you!

Free Loan Library

We have a collection of over 400 resources including ready-to-use kits, books, posters, curriculum resources and more. Browse our collection and discover resources to engage and excite students. These resource are set aside and meant to be used exclusively by Washington County educators! These are all available through our Washington County location here. All you need to do is put in an order and we will send the resources out to you, all you need to do is pay the return postage, or drop them off directly!

Washington County Resources

Washington County Resources

Washington County Master Gardeners   Your local Master Gardeners are excited to visit your classroom or garden club. They offer a standards list of programs, found here. Requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance, and must include at least 15 participants.

Washington County Extension Service    Your local OSU Extension Service can connect you to resources, events, and organizations that will bolster your school’s agricultural and natural resource education programs.

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District    Find workshops, guest speakers, small grants, and educational events here.

Clean Water Services    Request a guest speaker, or coordinate a field trip. This organization does an incredible job of teaching water conservation with an emphasis on local watersheds.

Volunteers

Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to connect Washington County educators with volunteers. We will update this section regularly to ensure that it reflects current volunteer availability.

Jessica is in the process of completing a Master of Science in Agriculture with a focus in plant health management and soil science from Washington State University’s online campus. She is interested in learning and working with diverse crop systems on a large or small scale. She currently volunteers with the school garden at W. McKinney Elementary and would like to expand her knowledge in plant and soil health and/or permaculture design. She is available to volunteer as needed. Contact us to be put in touch with this amazing volunteer!

Events and Opportunities

Events and Opportunities

Timbers Community Fund    Apply for a grant funding youth STEM education, youth health and wellness, or the environment. How convenient that school gardens address all of these things! Applications are due Sept. 4th. You must have a conversation with a fund representative prior to applying, so start your planning early!

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District    This small grant program, local to Washington County, funds landscape conservation work that benefits the public good. School gardens focusing in pollinators, wildlife habitat, and food production are all eligible. Applications are due the 10th of every month at 2pm.

Journey 2050    How will we sustainably feed over 9 billion people in the year 2050? This computer game explores this question, and is an invaluable opportunity to teach students about sustainable agriculture through decision making and critical thinking. Use free resources to teach the program on your own, or ask our coordinator to lead the introductory session in your classroom. You can also request an educator training on this resource, if you and fellow teachers are looking to learn more!

Purple Plow   Purple Plow is a free STEM education platform. Challenges change seasonally and winners are awarded prizes. This program is especially suited to grades 6 and up.