We are excited to offer Washington County educators in-person classroom visits, school garden consultations, a local lending library, and connection to volunteers from the local community. We encourage community members interested in volunteering with a local school to contact us. Use the links below to register as a volunteer, or to request a volunteer and/or visit from our Washington County Programs Coordinator.
Check out the books, kits, and other resources available through our Washington County location here!
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.
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!
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 Kassia 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. Spring 2019 Pollinator Challenge: Through this challenge, students will become more aware of the important role pollinators play in our daily lives and how to help protect the various populations. This challenge ends May 1st, 2019. Top three entries will a 3D printer and a $100 gift card, in addition to medals and purple plow socks.
No current requests! Get in touch if you would like a guest to visit your classroom!