kids planting plants in a garden

Planting at Chapman Elementary

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District provides education to adults and children through a number of programs. We hold 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.

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 financial support to community garden volunteers to establish or improve community gardens.  In addition, we provide 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




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