2017-2018 Field Trips

Field trips and Friday Workshops for families are an important part of the enrichment program at DCS. We try to plan trips and workshops which will cover many concepts, topics and learning goals in students’ Personal Learning Plans, and which will complement and enhance the learning experiences of the Morning Core and Afternoon Enrichment Classes. We encourage you to add learning goals into your child’s PLP to help them prepare for upcoming field trips, and to use the curiosity sparked by the field trips and workshops, along with the resources we have provided (or which you find online or at your local public library) to extend the learning in the homeschool environment following the event.

Please see our Field Trip policy and guidelines in the DCS Family Handbook. Transportation is not provided unless otherwise noted in the description (but carpooling is encouraged). In our descriptions (below), we will note the maximum number of participants, whether more than one adult chaperone per family will be allowed, and whether siblings will be allowed. Generally, DCS will pay for our students and one adult chaperone per family (sometimes we may charge a fee for adults for more expensive tickets to events). Extra chaperones and siblings will usually pay their own entry fees. For any questions about field trips, please contact us at the school at info@dallascommunityschool.org or 503-420-4360.

Confirmed Field Trips and Friday Workshops for the 2017-2018 School Year

This list is updated continuously – parents will be notified of new field trips and sign-up periods and processes in official parent newsletters & emails and reminders on the DCS Families Facebook page.

You may sign up for all confirmed field trips or Friday Workshops using the online forms below each field trip description. Please note the deadline for registration for each event (usually 1 to 2 weeks before the field trip). Families will receive a reminder email before the field trips. We will also send out reminders of upcoming field trips that may still have spots available in the weeks leading up to the field trips.

Monday, October 9, 2017 – Oregon Garden – Silverton, Oregon (K-8)
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch – Monmouth, Oregon (K-8)
Monday, November 6, 2017 – Rickreall Dairy – Rickreall, Oregon (K-8)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Willamette Heritage Center – Salem, Oregon (K-8)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – A Christmas Carol (the play) – Pentacle Theater – Salem, Oregon (gr. 4-8)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Cinderella the Musical / Play – Dallas High School (gr. K-5)
Friday, January 26, 2018 – World Forestry Museum (gr. 5-8) & Portland Children’s Museum (K-4) – Portland, Oregon
Thursday, February  8, 2018 – Oregon Capitol Building & Hallie Ford Art Museum (gr. 4-8) – Salem, Oregon
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Red Riding Hood, the Play – Linn Benton Community College (gr. K-5)
Friday, February 23, 2018 – FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS- Oregon Geology
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Pete the Cat play – Elsinore Theater (gr. K-3) – Salem, Oregon
Friday, March 16, 2018 – FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Gardening – Seed Starting & Soil Testing
Friday, March 23, 2018 – FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Genealogy – Researching your Family History
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Chintimini Wildlife Center (gr. K-8) – Corvallis, Oregon

Upcoming Field Trips & Friday Workshops


World Forestry Museum (5-8) & Portland Children’s Museum (next door) (K-4) – Portland

Grades K-8

Day: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 8:30-3:00 (Bus departing DCS at 8:30 & returning at 3:00 – Children’s Museum activities from 10:30 to 1:00 and Forestry Center activities from 11:00 to 1:00 – bus departing from Children’s Museum at 1:15 pm)
Transportation: Bus departs from DCS at 8:30 (max 60 people) so arrive at DCS no later than 8:15 am. If you drive your own car, please be at Children’s Museum between 10:00-10:15 and meet inside the lobby at 10:20, or inside the World Forestry Center at 11:00
Location: Portland Children’s Museum: 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR

World Forestry Center: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR

Bus departing from DCS at 8:30 (be at DCS by 8:15 am). Students in K-4 will go to the Portland Children’s Museum from 10:30 to 1:00 and students in 5-8 will go to the World Forestry Museum from 11:00 to 1:00. Both are across from the Portland Zoo. Returning to DCS by about 3:00 pm.
Siblings Allowed? Yes, but siblings and extra chaperones must pay their own entry fees ($3 each) and children under age 5 may not ride the bus. Younger siblings not allowed on guided tours of the Forestry Center.

PLEASE REGISTER USING THIS FORM – Registration Closes on Thursday January 11, 2018

Students in grades K-4 will have two hours of museum play time at the Portland Children’s Museum, plus time for lunch (which you can either buy or bring with you). Students in grades 5-8 will have a tour of the World Forestry Center (across the parking lot from the Children’s Museum) to learn about forest ecosystems, the importance of forests and trees in our lives, and sustainability. If parents have students in both age groups, they can stay with the younger group at the Children’s Museum and sign a permission slip to allow their older children to go to the Forestry Center tour with Mrs. McQueen.

Oregon Capitol Building – Guided Tour – Salem

Grades 4-8 (limited to 60) – one chaperone per family
Day: Thursday, February  8, 2018 – deadline to register
Time: 10:30-12:00
Location: 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Siblings Allowed? Unfortunately, tour participants must be in at least 4th grade to participate. You are welcome to stay with your younger child(ren) somewhere else in the Capitol Building while we are on the tour.

Use this form to register for this field trip.

The Legislature is back in session! Knowledgeable guides share information about the history of Oregon, the State Capitol, and the legislative process. Tour the Oregon Capitol rotunda, Governor’s office, House of Representatives and Senate. See our Representatives and Senators in action as they discuss important legislation for our state. Take a lunch break and then, if you wish, you can join us across the street at the Hallie Ford Art Museum at Willamette University at 1:00 pm (see description below).


Hallie Ford Art Museum – Willamette University – Salem

Grades 4-8 (limited to 60 participants) – up to two chaperones per family (but second chaperone may not be able to attend the guided tour, depending on total number of participants)

Day: Thursday February 8, 2018
Time: – 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: 700 State Street (corner State and Cottage Streets), Salem, Oregon 97301

Use this form to register for this field trip.

Following the tour of the Capitol Building just across the street in the morning, take a lunch break and then join us to learn about art and art history during an Interactive Docent-Guided Tour of the Hallie Ford Museum’s special exhibitions.

Siblings Allowed? The docent-guided tours are only for students in 4th-8th grade. You are welcome to stay with your younger child(ren) somewhere else in the museum or Capitol Building while we are on the Museum tour.

Red Riding Hood play – Linn Benton Community College Children’s Theater – Albany

Grades K-5 (limited to 50 total) – one chaperone per family
Day: Thursday, February 15
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Meet inside the theater by 9:45 am.
Location: Linn Benton Community College – 6500 SW Pacific Blvd, Albany, OR 97321
Siblings Allowed? If you think they will be able to sit quietly through the 50 minute performance, parents will pay $3.00 for a non-DCS-Student ticket.

In the play, Bridget and Stephen are sleeping over at their grandmother’s house, but neither of them can sleep. To pass the time, they decide to act out their favorite story with things found in the attic and wardrobe. Soon what’s real and what’s imagined blur, and the children find themselves in the deep dark woods – with a wolf! “Red Riding Hood” is a fun, musical take on the classic tale.

Students in the Tuesday / Thursday morning classes will be receiving a permission slip to allow their child(ren) to attend the field trip with DCS staff and go by bus (unless parents prefer to drive them or not to go). If your child is NOT in the Tuesday / Thursday morning class at DCS, please sign up here. 


By United States Geological Survey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Oregon Geology

Grades 4-8 & parents
Day: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Dallas Community School

Renowned Oregon Geology specialist, Sheila Alfsen, will be showing some of the interesting rocks and minerals we can find across the state of Oregon. She will also be sharing maps and slides of geological formations you can visit (or see out the window as you’re driving from place to place). Covering the concepts of Geology, Change and Classification. May spark curiosity to inspire a new home learning unit of inquiry or start a new hobby!


Pete the Cat play – Elsinore Theater – Salem

Grades K-3 (limited to 50 total) – one chaperone per family
Day: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 – Meet inside the theater by 11:45 am.
Location: 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Siblings Allowed? If you think they will be able to sit quietly through the 50 minute performance, parents will pay $9.50 for a non-DCS-Student ticket.

Use this Form to register for this field trip – we will be allowing registrations until all 50 spots are full!

Theatreworks USA’s production of PETE THE CAT comes to Salem! When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But the groovy blue cat gets the whole family rocking. About 50 minutes long – K-3 students only.

 FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Gardening – Seed Starting & Soil Testing

Grades 1-8 with parents
Day: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Dallas Community School

Staff from the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Outreach Program will be helping families with their own back yard agriculture project! No space is too small for a vegetable garden, and you can start sprouting seeds for your garden using free, recycled materials you probably already have at home (like egg cartons inside a bread bag or plastic vegetable or fruit container from the grocery store). Focusing on the concepts of Agriculture, Biology, Growth, Change, and Quality.

by Paul Townsend

FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Genealogy – Researching Your Family History

Grades 1-8 with parents
Day: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Dallas Community School

Join Expert Genealogist, Liz Tice, of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, to learn how to research your own family history. Great for learning about the importance of RELIABLE information and how to research using non-web-based resources! Learn about:

  • Why studying genealogy matters
  • How to get started
  • The importance of reliable information
  • Using the internet for research
  • Using the library and other non-web-based resources
  • Places to get help

Chintimini Wildlife Center – Corvallis, OR

Grades K-8
Day: Friday, May 25, 2018
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
Siblings Allowed? Yes

Birds of prey presentation, wetlands tour exploring frogs and tadpoles, and a tour of the wildlife rehabilitation center – something for all ages!


Oregon Garden – Guided Tours – Silverton, Oregon

Grades K-8 – one chaperone per family paid by DCS – second chaperone may attend but must pay own entry fee of $9. No max. number of attendees.
Day: Monday, October  9, 2017
Time: Depart DCS on the bus at 12:30. Meet at Oregon Garden entry at 1:30. Tours from 2:00 to 3:30. Depart on the bus from the Garden at 3:30. Return to DCS on the bus around 4:30 pm. Parents may ride the bus or meet us at the Garden at 1:30. Children under 5 may not ride the bus.
Location: Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, OR 97381
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings may come and wander the gardens with an adult, but may not attend the guided tours and children under 5 may not ride the bus.

To reserve your spot, fill out this Google Form.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, October 2.

During this field trip to the Oregon Garden, we will have three different groups. K-3 students will be doing a scavenger hunt lead by DCS staff and parents (and possibly some Geocaches), exploring and enjoying the garden,  extending their home learning about agricultural science, nature, plants, animals, insects, food chains, ecosystems, and habitats. Students in grades 4-6 will attend a two hour guided tour / activity about forest ecosystems, food webs, plant and animal adaptation, and wildlife habitats. Students in grades 7 & 8 will have a “Systems and Design” tour in the garden (if we get at least 10 middle school students to attend) – exploring, brainstorming and learning about different types of systems (natural, technological and “human-driven”) in the gardens, discussing garden and structural design, and doing some Geocaching in the gardens.

Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival – Monmouth, OR

Day: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Airlie Hills Farm & Pumpkin Patch, 10720 Airlie Rd, Monmouth, OR 97361
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and extra chaperones) may come but will have to pay $6 to get in (which includes a free pumpkin)

Sign up using this online form – Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A fun opportunity for DCS families to pick pumpkins at Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch and check out the Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Hay Pyramid, Hay Slide, Trike Racing, Hay Fort, Hay Rides, and see some farm animals! Organized as part of the Agricultural Science Enrichment Class but open to all families, this is a great opportunity to extend learning about agriculture, farms, how plants grow, food webs, farm animals, design, festivals, traditions, systems, growth, and hay, hay hay! Every child gets to pick a pumpkin to take home.

Rickreall Dairy – Rickreall, OR
(Grades K-8) No max. number of attendees

Day: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Rickreall Dairy, 8845 Rickreall Rd., Rickreall, OR
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and extra chaperones) may come

Sign up through this online form – Registration deadline is October 31, 2017

Organized through Heidi Lathrem’s Agricultural Science Enrichment Classes, Rickreall Dairy offers a guided one-hour tour through a working dairy farm. You and your kids will get to visit the milking parlor, maternity barn, and calf barn. Learn how we get milk from cows, why milk is good for you, and see how we care for our animals.

Be sure to be prepared for rain with rain jackets (no umbrellas, please) and closed toe shoes that could get a little dirty. (But don’t worry- we won’t put you to work!)

See you November 6!


Willamette Heritage Center – Salem, OR (Grades K-8) – Maximum number: 30 K-3 students & 16 grade 4-8 students

Day: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Location: Willamette Heritage Center, Archives & Max Marbles Book Binder

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 45 total (students, chaperones & younger siblings) for the K-3 tour, + 16 students in grades 4-8 (plus chaperones) – OLDER GROUP (4-8) is FULL but newly registered 4th grade students are welcome to join the K-3 tour

Siblings Allowed? Yes. However, younger siblings will not be able to stay with the older student (4-8 grade) tour.

Please use this form to sign up for this field trip. Registration Deadline, Nov. 7

Transportation: Parents / adult chaperones will need to bring students or arrange carpooling with other parents. We will meet outside the entry gate or inside the ticket office at 2:15.

During this field trip, the students in grades K-4 will go on an active tour of the historic houses at the Willamette Heritage Center with guides – In one home you may find John & Martha Boon (living history re-enactors) waiting to greet you and give you a tour of their home.  In another, an activity from the Methodist Mission days of letter-writing and journal keeping.  And another, an “I Spy” game to find hidden artifacts within the museum space. They’ll finish up with pioneer recess games on the lawn (and in case of inclement weather indoor games in the church).

The students in grades 4-8 will visit the WHC Archives to see some of the historic documents and journals preserved there, and then will do a book-binding workshop with professional book binder, Max Marbles.

Parents (adult chaperones) with a child in each group can go with the younger group and Monica McQueen (Enrichment Coordinator) will supervise the older group.OLDER GROUP (4-8) is FULL but newly registered 4th grade students are welcome to join the K-3 tour


Pentacle Theater – Attend the Play “A Christmas Carol” – Salem (grades 4-8) Max. 40 attendees – FULL

Day: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30 or 10:00 pm
Location: Pentacle Theater, Salem, OR
Siblings Allowed? Unfortunately, no, unless you are able to buy your own ticket(s) for this show directly through the Pentacle Theater… Parents pay $10 each

Sorry – This Field Trip is FULL. Please send an email to info@dallascommunityschool.org if you would like to be included on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Though 7:30 pm on a school night is a strange time for a field trip (and there is a good chance that the play will run until after 9:30 pm), this is an amazing opportunity to see “A Christmas Carol” (the play by Charles Dickens) put on by actors and actresses at our own Pentacle Theater. Only 40 spots open (students and chaperones – one chaperone per family, please). Parents pay $10 each. Because of the “spooky” and dramatic nature of this play, we are limiting attendance to students in grades 4-8.

Cinderella the Musical / Play – Dallas High School (K-5) Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 12:40

Cinderella Musical / Play – Dallas High School
Recommended for Grades K-5 (limited to 100 total DCS attendees including chaperones & younger siblings)
Day: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Time: 12:40 – Must be seated by 12:30 – plan to arrive by at least 12:15 to enter the theater. .
Location: Dallas High School – Bollman Auditorium – 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas, OR 97338
Siblings Allowed? If you think they will be able to sit through the 50 minute performance, no problem!

Register using this Google Form by Monday, Dec. 11 – thanks!

The much loved Disney classic tale of Cinderella will be on the DHS stage in the month of December. Produced by the Advanced Theatre production class, this tale of love and hope will add fun to the holiday season for all ages. The shorter running time makes this play suitable for even the smallest of theatre goers.

If you have any questions, please email office@dallascommunityschool.org