kids planting plants in a garden

Planting at Chapman Elementary

We provide education to adults and children through a number of programs. West Multnomah Conservation District holds a number of yearly workshops and training programs designed to give you the information you need to improve your land, woods, pasture and garden. Soil School is held every year in the spring and draws over 100 people from the region who want to learn about soil and how it can be improved. Rural Living Field Day is held outdoors in the fall and offers sessions on a variety of topics that are “top of mind” to area landowners, such as orchard management, crops, invasive species, wildlife and native plants.

The Conservation District also partners with teachers and classrooms at a number of area schools, providing curriculum support and working with classes to plan and install a native plant or edible garden. The District provides technical and monetary support to community garden volunteers to establish or improve community gardens.   In addition, the Conservation District provides scholarship funds so that schools may take children with little access to the outdoors on field trips to local natural areas and farms.

kids looking at crops growing in a garden

Field trip at Sauvie Island Center

Our education work falls into these main categories:

School Gardens

Youth Environmental Education

Community and Demonstration Gardens

Adult Education & Outreach



Soil School

We are sorry to inform our participants that Soil School is canceled for 2020 as a measure to protect the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have rescheduled Soil School […]

SW Parent Child Collective Organic Native Plant Garden

Throughout the winter and spring of 2014 the SW Parent Child Collective (SWPCC) and Michael Carlson of Habitat Restoration NW worked to restore the Douglas fir forest north of the Methodist Church and adjacent to […]

Sauvie Island Academy School Garden

Sauvie Island Academy (SIA) located amongst the rural farmland on Sauvie Island is a public charter K-8 school with strong environmental and place-based curriculum. The District has partnered with SIA for several years on a […]