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.
Questions? Visit us in our Washington County Office, located at 7175 NE Evergreen Parkway Suite 400, Hillsboro, OR 97124, or call our Washington County Coordinator at 503-713-5365. We would love to hear from you!
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.
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.
Events and Opportunities
Washington County Museum The Washington County Museum is excited to announce a new exhibit, AgriCulture, which will be open to the public from September 27th, 2018 through May 30th, 2019. This exhibit explores the ways in which food cultivation shapes the lived experiences of people in the Tualatin Valley. A collection of personal narratives from historic and contemporary community members are the focal point of the exhibit. Visitors will be able to touch, hear, see, and learn about agriculture and the many ways it impacts all of our lives and cultures. Don’t miss out on this limited time opportunity!
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!
More coming soon!
Free Loan Library
Washington County will soon be home to a free loan library! Keep posted for kits, books, and other resources that you can pick up and drop off at our Hillsboro office.
Below are schools that have already requested a volunteer. Schools are arranged by region in the county. If you are interested in working with one of these schools, please contact Kassia Rudd at Kassia.Rudd@oregonstate.edu, or 503-713-5365.