We welcome students of all ages to Jean's Farm for field trips! Our trained teaching staff host groups of up to 40 people for half day or full day visits. Our skilled educators facilitate a variety of sustainability-related ecological learning activities that embody age-appropriate common core standards. Jean's Farm is easily accessible in SE Portland on bus route 75.
Early Childhood Program Rhythm
Welcome circle (songs, game and/or story)
Forest free play
"Goodbye"s and "thank you"s
Grade School/Middle School Program Rhythm
Small group activity rotations*
Forest play or sit spot/journals (depending on age)
*Standard activity rotations are customized to the age and size of the group and include FARM, FOREST and/or KITCHEN activities with an optional choice of a specialty topic listed below that the teacher must request in advance:
- Fiber arts & crafts
- Nature awareness, survival and homesteading
- Restoration ecology
- Healthy food choices & culinary arts (can include cooking in a wood-fired oven)
- Understanding systems and the importance of diversity
The FARM rotation explores the food and animal systems of Jean's Farm. Students will have opportunities to learn about compost and healthy soil, tend chickens and collect eggs, take part in planting and harvesting, help dig new garden beds, scatter seeds for cover crop, and many other season-specific activities.
The FOREST rotation explores native plants and forest restoration, plant identification and ecological system function. There will be opportunities to support forest stewardship efforts through select invasive species removal and native planting. This rotation includes awareness games and activities aimed at developing the senses and sharpening observation skills.
The KITCHEN rotation focuses on learning culinary skills and utilizes the farm's full outdoor kitchen. Students will learn food preparation methods from cutting to baking and sautéing. They will have opportunities to to use wood-fired ovens and for bread and pizza baking, and by arrangement, other seasonal foods such as local salmon can be procured and included in the delicious lessons!
All projects are based on the season. We use as many resources as possible directly from the land at Jean's Farm (both wild and cultivated) for our culinary and craft projects. Our programs integrate principles of permaculture, mindfulness and peace education, and these topics can be offered as explicit lessons with an advance request.
In exchange for your time on the land, we ask the following amount of financial contribution in support of our program design & staffing, supplies, space tending and administrative costs.
Half Day Visit (up to 3 hours, approx. 9am-noon or noon-3pm): $8/child ($150 minimum)
Full Day Visit (4*-6 hours): $12/child ($200 minimum)
*We increase the rate for visits over 3 hours because we are not able to schedule a second field trip on those days. Groups that stay longer than 3 hours are charged a full day rate.
We require at least a 1:10 adult:child ratio for all groups. Teachers and chaperones are not charged for the visit to the farm and are expected to take active roles in guiding the students' behavior and participation in group work.
Meals are optional depending on timing and length of stay. Meals can be brought with the students (a packed lunch) or can be purchased for an additional $5/person (adults choosing the farm lunch option are required to pay). Often, farm lunches are prepared at least in part by the students themselves during their activity rotation. Farm lunch usually includes a whole grain, seasonal vegetables & fruit, greens and eggs. We also specialize in wood oven pizza and can provide gluten and dairy free options upon advance request. The food served is primarily organic, grown on-site or from local farms. Students with food allergies should bring their own lunch.
To contact us with your interest in bringing your class to visit Jean's Farm,