2017-2018 Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of the enrichment program at DCS. We try to plan trips 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, 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 field trips.

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 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.

Currently, you may sign up for all confirmed field trips for fall term using the online forms below each field trip description. Please note the deadline for registration for each trip (usually 1 to 2 weeks before the field trip). Families will receive a confirmation email after registration and 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)
  • 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



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.

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

Grades K-8 – one chaperone per family paid entry by DCS, second chaperone may attend but must pay own entry ($10) and may not be able to ride up on the bus unless there is extra space.

Day: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 9:00-3:00 (Bus departing DCS at 9:00 & 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 9:00 (max 60 people) so arrive at DCS no later than 8:45 am. If you drive your own car, meet at Children’s Museum at 10:20
Location: Bus departing from DCS at 9:00 (be at DCS by 8:45 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 2:30 pm.
Siblings Allowed? Yes, but siblings and extra chaperones must pay their own entry fees ($10 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 guided 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
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.

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: – 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: 700 State Street (corner State and Cottage Streets), Salem, Oregon 97301

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.


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!

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