Field Trips – 2019-2020

Go To Descriptions and Registration Forms

Field trips and Friday Workshops for families are an important part of the enrichment program at DCS. We try to plan trips and workshops on different days of the week which will cover many concepts, topics and learning goals in students’ Personal Learning Plans, and which will complement and enhance the learning experiences relating to the DCS 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 enrolled students and one adult chaperone per family (sometimes we may charge a fee for adults for more expensive tickets to events). Extra chaperones and non-DCS siblings will usually pay their own entry fees. For any questions about field trips, please contact us at the school at or 503-420-4360.

DCS students will automatically have $10 taken out of their $350 Field Trips and Classes Allotment Fund for each field trip they attend. Families who cancel with less than one week’s notice or who don’t show up for a field trip will also be charged the difference between the $10 and the actual cost of the tickets and bus transportation.

Confirmed Field Trips and Workshops for the 2019-20 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 an automated confirmation email after registering, and will receive a confirmation / reminder email with all details about a week before each field trip. 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.

Full descriptions and online registration forms will be added below this list.

  • Wednesday, Sept 4 – 10:00 to 2:00 – K-8 – Homeschooling Day at the Oregon Gardens, Silverton. OR (Just show up by 10 am and check in with Monica McQueen before entering)
  • Friday, Sept. 27 – 10:00 to 2:00 – K-8 – Starker Forestry – Forestry Activities & Interpretive Walk (short hike), Corvallis, OR
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 – 10:00 to 2:00 – K-8 – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, OR – Grades 5-8: Escape Room activity & World War II specific “tour”, Grades K-4: Tour of Space Museum – focusing on Physics & Engineering of space flight 
  • Friday, Oct. 25 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm – K-8 – EZ Orchards Pumpkin Patch, Salem, OR
  • Monday, Nov. 4 – 10:00 to 1:00 – K-8 – Oregon Historical Society – gr. K-4 = Community members in Oregon history, gr. 5-8 = World War II, Beatles & Oregon History exhibits, Portland, OR
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 – 1:45-4:00 pm – K-5 – Gilbert House Science Workshops, Salem, OR
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 – 1:45-4:00 pm – 6-8 – Geocaching & Career / Business Visits, Salem, OR
  • Friday, Nov. 15 – 1:00-3:00 pm – K-8 – Family Workshop – Making Macrame Plant Holders
  • Friday, Feb. 21 – 12:00-1:15 pm – K-8 – Sleeping Beauty Ballet Performance, Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
  • Monday, March 2 – 10:00-11:15 am – 3-8 – Elsinore Theater – We the People (play), Salem, OR
  • Monday, March 16 – 10:00-11:15 am – K-4 – Elsinore Theater – Click, Clack, Moo (play), Salem, OR
  • Thursday, April 2 – 10:00-2:00 – K-8 – Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR
  • Friday, May 15 – 9:00-2:00 – 1-8 – Evergreen Aviation Museum – Gas Giants Homeschool Workshop, McMinnville, OR

Upcoming Field Trip Descriptions and Registration

Monday, Nov. 4 – 10:00 to 1:00 – K-8 – Oregon Historical Society

Day: Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019
Time: 8:00 am to 3:45 pm (bus from DCS) or meet in Portland at 10 am
Arrive at DCS at 8:00 am and depart by bus from DCS at 8:10 am. Return at 3:45 pm. Please arrive at DCS on time as the bus will be leaving promptly at 8:10 am.
Location: Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Deadline to sign up: October 28th, 2019

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings may attend. Children 5 and under are free.

Schedule (tours guided by DCS staff):
Grades K-3: 10-11 am: “Experience Oregon.” 11-12 pm: “History Hub”
Grades 4-8: 10-11 am: “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII.” Also from 10-11 am: “The Beatles!” 11-12 pm: “Experience Oregon”
All Grades: 11-12 pm: “Wild about Dance.”


Experience Oregon: Wander through this interactive exhibit, learning about Oregon’s peoples and terrain through “stories through the archives” tablet game, canoe building exercise, covered wagon replica you can walk through, role playing games, and listening wands. Visitors will also have the opportunity to create a digital “memory blanket” to remember their favorite parts of the exhibit.

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII: “This exhibit examines how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for “Double Victory” that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement. Through oral histories, profile panels, and artifacts, visitors discover the wartime stories of individual service members who took part in this extraordinary challenge, from unheralded heroes to famous names — including Alex Haley, author of Roots (U.S. Coast Guard); Benjamin Davis, Jr. (U.S. Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (U.S. Army); and more. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original eight-minute video about the Tuskegee Airmen, who in many ways became the focus of African American participation during the war. The piece is narrated by TV personality Robin Roberts, whose own father flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during the war.”

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!: Wander through this interactive exhibit, observing over 100 objects on display, documenting “Beatlemania” in the 1960’s! Includes items such as handwritten set lists and gold records of Rubber Soul. Take a virtual drum lesson from Ringo Starr and play a homemade skiffle bass!

History Hub: “An exhibit where Oregon’s youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. History Hub is developed in partnership with an advisory committee of students, teachers, cultural organizations, and museums to tell the stories of people who live in Oregon, today and in the past. The content of History Hub spans grades K-12 with a focus on 4th – 8th grade.”

Wild About Dance: “This exhibit celebrates Oregon Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) first 30 years with vibrant film footage and photographs, costumes, and theatrical artifacts that highlight the Company’s excellent performances, school, and education outreach programs.”

Parents can drive to Oregon Historical Society and meet there at 9:45 OR sign up to ride the school bus, loading at 8:00 am and departing DCS at 8:15 am. The bus will load again at 2:15 PM and return to DCS by 3:45 pm.
Children under age five may not ride the bus.

Parking: If driving separately, prepare to pay a metered parking fee, as you will need to park along the street or in a parking structure. See the map to find parking here:

To visit the website, go to:

Monday, November 4th, 2019
8:00 Loading bus at DCS for 8:10 departure (optional – parents can also drive to Oregon Historical Society and meet us there at 9:45)
9:45 AM Arrival/Check-in at Oregon Historical Society (meet outside the entrance)
10:00-11:00 AM – Grades K-3 – “Experience Oregon Workshop”– Grades 4-8 –”Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII”–Grades 4-8–“Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!”
11:00-12:00 PM – Grades K-3– “History Hub”–Grades 4-8–“Experience Oregon”–All Grades–“Wild About Dance”
12:00-12:45 PM – Lunch – Bring a packed lunch
1:00-2:00 PM– Free Exploration of the museum and / or PSU campus nearby
2:00-2:15 PM– Load Bus
2:15 – Bus Departure
3:45 PM – Bus returns to DCS

$10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $400 Class and Field Trip Allotment fund for this trip. This fee is nonrefundable.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 – 1:45-4:00 pm – K-5 – Gilbert House Science Workshops & 6-8 – Geocaching & Nature Walk, Salem, OR

Day: Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019
Time: 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Gilbert House Children’s Museum, 116 Marion St. NE Salem, OR 97301
Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings may come but may need to be taken out or walked around during the workshop.

Grades K-5 recommended for Gilbert House, 6-8 for Geocaching.

1:45 pm: Meet at Gilbert House Children’s Museum
2:00 pm: Workshop K-2- Gravity Cars!
Grades 6-8 – Geocaching begins at Riverfront Park area with Mrs. McQueen. Other students can explore the Gilbert House with a parent or DCS staff chaperone.
3:00 pm: Workshop 3-5- Light it Up with Electricity! Other students can explore the museum with a parent.
4:00 pm: Grades 6-8 return to Gilbert House Children’s Museum.
Families are then welcome to leave or stay and explore on their own until closing time.

As an extension of the Forces and Motion classes at DCS, K-2 will do the Gravity Cars workshop at 2:00.
Students will build a prototype car and test how far it travels with the use of a ramp. Applying critical thinking and testing, students will make design changes to improve the distance traveled.

As an extension of the Light, Sound & Circuits class at DCS, grades 3-5 will do the Light it Up with Electricity workshop at 3:00 – experiments and activities with electrifying results.

As an extension of the Zombie Geography class, Mrs. McQueen will be taking the 6th-8th grade students on a Geocaching adventure in Riverfront Park and Minto Brown Island, learning about navigation, estimating distances, and exploring nature and the river/marsh/woods ecosystems (also counts as 120 minutes of PE).
Any of these students who have a smart phone should have the Geocaching app downloaded onto their phone and create their own account (user name and password). They may also want to bring some small trinkets (mini toys, stickers, etc.) to exchange when we locate geocache containers.

All students welcome to sign up, not just students in those classes.

Check out the Gilbert House website here!

Friday, Nov. 15 – 1:00-3:00 pm – K-8 – Family Workshop at DCS – Making Macrame Plant Holders

Macrame is back!

Let’s come together and learn the art of macrame! This meditative art is a fabulous way to get your creative juices flowing and it’s just so fun – Led by local fiber-artist April Sandvig.

Join us on Friday, November 15th from 1pm – 3pm at DCS to make your very own plant hanger! You and your child will work together to learn some simple knots and create a plant hanger that you will then get to take home. All supplies will be included, and you will go home with a knot guide and fiber supply list if you find that you want to continue with this art. Plant hangers (and other macrame projects) make great holiday gifts.

Recommended for ages 7 and up. However, with help from a parent, nearly any age can make a macrame plant hanger. Parents will need to be very hands-on with this project to help their child(ren), especially those younger than about 10 years old, so if you are planning to bring younger siblings, please be aware of that before you sign up.

Limited to 10 families total, if we get a lot of interest, we may be able to add an extra workshop from 10 am to noon that same day.

Full details and links to registration forms for other field trips will be added soon

Previous Field Trips

Wednesday, Sept 4 – 10:00 to 2:00 – K-8 – Homeschooling Day at the Oregon Gardens, Silverton. OR

Due to the delay in starting our onsite classes, we finally get to go on a field trip to the Oregon Garden Homeschool Day in Silverton.  We especially encourage students of the Plant Biology, Tree Science, and Water Science classes to attend! This field trip is very informal, and there will be lots of ongoing activities and booths to visit, so we will not be doing any kind of guided tours or scheduled activities. Parent / Chaperones will be responsible for their own children during the visit. For this field trip, you do not even need to sign up, but just show up at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton at 879 W. Main St. Silverton, OR by 10 am. Look for Mrs. McQueen – she’ll be wearing her DCS green bandana and have a DCS clip board so new families can recognize her. Everyone needs to get signed in with her before entering. She will keep a tally of the families who come so that she can pay for tickets directly. We will give everyone a DCS sticker to wear so families can identify other DCS Families and meet each other during the visit.

DCS policy is usually to pay for one adult chaperone and for DCS enrolled students. Families would need to pay for additional adults attending or for younger or older non-DCS siblings.
Adults $9
Students (5-17) $4
Children 4 & under Free

Starker Forestry – Forestry Activities & Interpretive Walk (short hike), near Corvallis, OR

Day: Friday, Sept. 27

Time: 10:00 to 12:30 or stay until 2:00 – Bring Lunch

Location: At 10 am we will meet at the gravel parking lot across from Blodgett Store, 21412 Hwy 20, Blodgett, OR 97326. We will travel a few more miles together to the interpretive trail on Tum Tum Road.

Ages: K-8. We will have two guides for our trail hike and will probably be splitting the children up into two groups by age. Parents would generally go with the younger child(ren) while DCS staff goes with the older group to supervise students with other parents in that group.

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings are welcome (supervised by a parent / guardian, of course) if they can do the 3/4 mile walk…

Students will enjoy exploring the nature of Starker Forests and learning about the various tree, plant, and animal life! The 3/4 mile wheel chair accessible trail walk will be led by forest guides, and booklets for learning will be provided. Stops will be made along the way to learn about various points of interest. The trail is mostly flat and made of crushed rock, and does not have steps. There is another hike that is 1 mile in length that is not wheelchair accessible, which we may do with the older group or may do after lunch for those who choose to stay.

Lunch will take place in a covered picnic shelter after the interpretive trail walk ends at around noon.

Families are welcome to stay after lunch for another one-hour hike with a guide who will base the hike and information on the interests of the group (ending around 2 pm).

Families will want to bring sack lunches, and wear appropriate clothing for the weather, including closed-toe shoes. Walking will take place mostly on trails and gravel roads.This field trip will take place rain or shine!

A parent / guardian must accompany their children (or sign a permission slip to allow another parent or guardian to accompany their children). More than one parent can attend this field trip! We can help arrange carpooling if needed.

Each DCS student who signs up will automatically have $10 withdrawn from their $400 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

For more information, check out:

Starker Forestry Trail and Field Trips

Evergreen Aviation Museum – Oct. 9 – 10:00 to 2:45 – K-8 – McMinnville, OR
Sign up here – deadline is Thursday, Oct. 3
Day: Wednesday, Oct. 9
Time: 10 am to 2:45 pm (or later if you drive)
Depart by bus from DCS at 9:00 am and return at 3:45 pm
Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville OR
Deadline to sign up: Oct. 4, 2019

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings may come but will not be able to participate in the hands-on lab / activity, and may need to be taken out or walked around during the guided tour.
One parent chaperone is free, any additional adult chaperones will pay $15 per person.

Grades 5-8: Escape Room activity & World War II specific tour of the Aviation Museum + iMax movie
Grades K-4: Tour of Space Museum – focusing on Physics & Engineering of space flight + Space Food activity & iMax Movie (Rescue 3D)

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must normally accompany their children. However, since we are riding the bus, if you are unable to attend and wish to sign a permission slip for your child to be supervised by DCS staff during the field trip, please let us know in the sign-up form and we will send you a permission slip to sign. In this case, you would need to drop off your child at DCS before the bus leaves and pick them up when the bus gets back.

Parents can drive there and meet there at 10:00 OR sign up to ride the school bus, loading at 8:50 am and departing DCS at 9:00 am. The bus will load again at Evergreen at 2:45 PM and return to DCS by 3:45 pm.
Children under age five may not ride the bus.


8:50 Loading bus at DCS for 9:00 departure (optional – parents can also drive to Evergreen and meet us there at 10:00)
10:00 AM Arrival/Check-in/Wristbands at Evergreen Museum (meet outside the entrance of the Aviation Museum)
10:15-10:55 AM – Grades 5-8 – Aviation Museum Tour – World War II Focus & Grades K-4 – Space Museum Tour – Space Engineering Focus

11:00-11:45 AM – iMax Movie: Rescue 3D
11:45 AM – Lunch – Bring a packed lunch
12:15-2:15 PM Activities – K-4th: Space Food & free time in or outside the museum – 5th-8th: Escape the Museum – Cryptology (escape room activity)

2:15-2:45 – Free Exploration
2:45 – Bus Departure – load bus – parents who drove can stay and continue to visit the museum, etc. as late as 5:00 pm.
3:45 PM – Bus returns to DCS

See you Oct. 9!

$10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $400 Class and Field Trip Allotment fund for this trip. This fee is nonrefundable, and any cancellations after the registration deadline will also be charged the extra $5 difference (based on the $15 entry fee).

Frogtown the Musical (play), Oct. 22 – 12:30 PM – Elsinore Theatre, Salem
Sign up on this form by Oct. 15

Day: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm (Meet in front of the theater at 12:10 pm)
Approximate Running Time: About 60 Minutes
Location: Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St SE, Salem, OR 97301
Grades: K-8 but recommended for grades 1-5
Siblings Allowed? No

Find video preview clips and educational resources to download on their website.

Leave plenty of time to find on-street parking near the theater and meet in front of the theater at 12:10 pm. This play is great for students interested in different types of music! They recommend this for grades 1-5 but it is fine for grades K-8.

Frogtown – A Multimedia Musical

Frogtown is a multimedia musical produced in Oregon and based on Emmy winning author/composer Philip Pelletier’s musical storybook “One Night In Frogtown.” This acclaimed story of diversity comes alive through projected animations, a live story reading, and live music performances featuring Portland All-Stars Linda Hornbuckle, Devin Phillips, Shannon Day, Andy Stokes, Fogatron, Heather Christie, Portland Opera soloist Victor Morris, the No Kidding! Choir and more.

“Kids will love the music from rap to symphonies!” — Parenting Magazine

Based on the book “One Night in Frogtown”:
“ONE NIGHT IN FROGTOWN” A group of tadpoles are snuggled inside their eggs, ready for bed. But they’re having trouble getting to sleep because a certain tadpole named Tad is playing his saxophone, and he keeps on playing, until his bubble goes pop! Suddenly free, he swims off to find the “Faraway Music” he has been hearing.Tad comes across three distinct groups of grownup frogs; the “Blues Frogs”, the “Classical Frogs”, and the “Rap Frogs”. Tad is welcomed as he plays along with each on his saxophone, but he’s rejected when he says he likes other kinds of music too. Tad cannot understand their prejudices against other kinds of music played by different color frogs.Heart-broken, Tad goes off in the rain and expresses his feelings of loneliness in a beautiful song called “Alone”. The other frogs hear him and start to join in quietly, for they too know what it is like to feel alone. Tad hears them, and points out that they’re playing together instead of apart. The frogs all realize they have more in common than they thought they did, and in a unifying moment they come together for the joyous finale number “Frogtown”.

$10 will be taken from each student’s Classes & Field Trip ($400) allotment funds.

One chaperone is paid for by DCS, and additional chaperones will pay $9.00 each.

EZ Orchards Pumpkin Patch, Salem, OR – Friday, Oct. 25 – 12:45 to 3:00 pm – K-8
Sign up here – deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 21

Location: EZ Orchards Pumpkin Patch – 5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
Meet outside the entrance at 12:45 pm

When you arrive by car or bus, follow the signs for the buses. DO NOT park in the paved parking lot for the farm market.
The bus loading and unloading zone and field trip parking is located south of the market in our gravel parking lot.
We are located at 5504 Hazel Green Road (the corner of Hazel Green and Cordon Roads).

A fun opportunity for DCS families to pick out pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch – Experience a hay ride, apple orchard tour, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, journey through Corn-Oregon the Maze, and enjoy fresh apple cider and cider donuts. Open to all families, this is a great opportunity to extend learning about agriculture, farms, systems, growth, how plants grow, food webs, farm animals, design, festivals, traditions, apple orchards, and of course, pumpkins! Journey through Corn-Oregon the Maze, which as you might guess is a corn maze in the shape of Oregon. The pathways of the maze are the highways and roads of Oregon. There is also the outline of a fir tree just east of Corn-Oregon There are over 40 signs indicating the Cities, Towns, place of Historic and Geographic interest in Oregon.

Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and a second chaperone) may come but will have to pay for their pumpkins (only DCS students will receive a free pumpkin because we are paying for their admission fee).

One Chaperone is free and a second chaperone will have to pay for their entry fee at the door.

Every DCS student gets to pick a pumpkin to take home.

EZ Orchards Website


In the corn maze: no running, no littering, stay on the straw paths, and have fun!

Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family.
$10 per student will automatically be withdrawn from your $400 DCS Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

Other items for purchase:
Quarter-operated animal feed machines are located in the petting zoo. If parents would like to send quarters with their child they may, but it is optional.

All chaperones/parents participate in the same activities as the students except for picking a pumpkin. Chaperones are welcome to purchase pumpkins by the pound after the tour.

Full details and links to registration forms for other field trips will be added soon.