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 info@dallascommunityschool.org 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 with a link to the online registration about a month or two before each field trip.

  • 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
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 – 10:40-11:15 “Knights at Dawn” Magic Treehouse play at Dallas High School
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 – 8:30 & 9:30 – K-8 – Oregon Coast Aquarium Assemblies – Lyle Elementary, Dallas OR

Upcoming:

  • Thursday, Feb. 13 – 12:30 – K-8 – LBCC Theater, “A Scarecrow in Oz” play – Albany, OR
  • 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 9 – 11:30 – 2-8 – Elsinore Theater – Oregon Symphony Kids’ Concert, Salem, OR
  • Monday, March 16 – 10:00-11:15 am – K-4 – Elsinore Theater – Click, Clack, Moo (play), Salem, OR
  • Thursday, March 19 – 11:00 to 4:00 – K-8 – Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon City
  • Thursday, April 2 – 10:00-2:00 – K-8 – Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR
  • Friday April 10 – 11:45 – K-8 – Ten Grands Piano Concert – Schnitzer Concert Hall, 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

Thursday, Feb. 13 – 12:30 – K-8 – LBCC Theater, “A Scarecrow in Oz” play – Albany, OR (K-8)

 

Sign up here – Registration deadline Monday, Feb. 10 – only 40 available spots!

K-8 – Younger Siblings welcome (prepay $3 each)

Meet at 12:10 in front of the LBCC Theater / Russell Tripp Performance Center at 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, OR 97321  OR take a bus from DCS leaving at 11:15 am and returning at about 2:30 pm. DCS instructors understand that some students will miss their 12:30 and 1:30 classes that day due to this field trip.

LBCC’s 45th annual Children’s Show presents an origin story for the beloved Scarecrow from the “Wizard of Oz” stories. Directed by Dan Stone and written by the students and faculty of the LBCC Theater Department, this original production will be fun for the whole family!

If we have enough interest, we will reserve a minibus for students attending without a parent (or we may have a few spots for parents as well). Students may ride the bus with a DCS chaperone without a parent chaperone if they return a permission slip.

For those who haven’t read the amazing chapter books by L. Frank Baum, check them out from your local Public Library – they make great read-alouds! There are also graphic novels, picture books and easy-reader chapter books based on the original books if those would be a better match for your readers.

$10 will be taken from each student’s “Classes and Field Trips” allotment fund for this field trip.

Friday, Feb. 21 2020 – 11:30 -1:30 – Oregon Ballet Theater – performance of Sleeping Beauty – Keller Auditorium – Portland, OR (K-8) + Aerial Tram at 2:00 pm

Sign up for the DCS Field Trip to the Oregon Ballet Theater performance of Sleeping Beauty (Ballet) at the Keller Auditorium – 222 SW Clay Street, Portland – (10 am to 4:00 pm if riding the bus from DCS)

Deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, Feb. 12 but please sign up as soon as possible if you will be riding the bus – Limited to the first 50 people who sign up (K-8)

This field trip is to see a one-hour (more or less) performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Oregon Ballet Theater at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon from 12:00 to about 1:15 pm. Check out this GREAT study guide for the ballet before (and after) the trip!

Drive or Take the School Bus: We will be leaving DCS by bus at 10:00 am and returning by bus at about 4:00 pm. If families choose not to ride the bus, they can meet us in Portland outside the Keller Auditorium at 11:30. Children younger than 5 years old may not ride the bus (bus company policy).

For those riding the bus, we should have just enough time to stop at the OHSU Aerial Tram and ride it up to OHSU and back down again (from about 2:00 to 2:45) before we get back on the bus to go back to DCS. If you have not had a chance to ride the aerial tramway yet, it’s quite an interesting experience and sparks a lot of curiosity, inspiring lots of home learning about transportation, systems, engineering, cities, and more! Start by learning a bit more about the tram before the trip on their website.

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must accompany their children on field trips. 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 and we will send you a permission slip to sign. Hopefully most families will have a parent or guardian attending with their child(ren), as we have limited staff attending.

Day: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
Time: If you are riding the bus, please be at DCS no later than 9:45 to board the bus. If you are driving your child(ren), please meet us outside the main doors of the Keller Auditorium at about 11:30.
Location: Keller Auditorium – 222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR

Siblings Allowed? Younger siblings may come with families in the car, but families will need to prepay $4 per sibling for the performance. Children under age five may not ride the bus (bus company rules).

Each DCS student who signs up will automatically have $10 withdrawn from their $300 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

Monday, March 2 – 10:00-11:15 am – (for grades 3-8) – Elsinore Theater – We the People (play), Salem, OR

Sign up online by Monday, February 24

Day: Monday, March 2, 2020
Time: -10-11:15 am (Meet in front of the theater at 9:40 am)
Approximate Running Time: About 60 Minutes
Location: 170 High St SE, Salem, OR 97301
Grades: Recommended for grades 3-8 (or mature younger students)
Younger Siblings Allowed? Not recommended – students could attend with a DCS staff without a parent If needed.

Leave plenty of time to find on-street parking near the theater and meet in front of the theater at 9:40 am. This play is great for students learning about American government and civics! They recommend this for grades 3-8 but may be ok for mature younger students.

Find a full study guide here

With the presidential election in full swing, now is the perfect time to bring American civics lessons to life with We the People, a musical revue that makes social studies exciting and accessible.

Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more.

Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People instills American pride in audiences of all ages—and inspires them to get involved and make a difference.

For more Civics lessons & information, the iCivics website is an AMAZING source of resources: https://www.icivics.org
Your local public library has a lot of great fiction and non-fiction books on presidents, elections, and American government.

$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.

Monday, March 9 – 11:30 – 3-8 – Willamette University – Oregon Symphony Youth Concert, Salem, OR

Sign up online by Monday, March 2

Day: Monday, March 9, 2020
Time: 11:30 am (Meet in front of the Smith Auditorium at 11:05 am)
Approximate Running Time: About 60 Minutes
Location: Smith Auditorium, Willamette University – 900 State St
Salem, OR – Parking can be found in main lot off of Bellevue Street
Grades: Recommended for grades 3-8 but mature younger students welcome to attend.
Younger Siblings Allowed? Not recommended, but we may be able to accommodate them. $5 each
Students may be able to attend with DCS staff, without a parent / guardian chaperone, with a permission slip.

Leave plenty of time to find parking in main lot off of Bellevue Street and be in front of the Smith Auditorium by 11:05 am.

The 2020 Young People’s Concert “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” (Gr. 3-8) Norman Huynh, conductor will be performed on Monday, March 9, at 11:30 am at Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University Campus. Parking can be found in main lot off of Bellevue Street

The program to be performed at that concert is listed below. In order to familiarize your students with the music, we have provided YouTube links for each selection on our web page

The online Teacher’s Guide for this concert can be found on that same page.

Benjamin Britten’s “Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra” continues that same theme of getting to know more about and hearing from each of the sections, as this composition builds in color and dynamics. The program will include other works highlighting the roles of each section in the orchestra.
– Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
– Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Pam Mahon, narrator
– Vivaldi – The Four Seasons: La primavera (Spring)
– Lully – Armide: Overture
– Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture
– Beethoven – Violin Concerto, mvt III, Kaia Selden, soloist
– Rimsky-Korsakov – Tale of the Tsar Sultan: Flight of the Bumble Bee
– Williams – Main Title from Star Wars

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

One chaperone is paid for by DCS, and additional chaperones and younger siblings will pay $5.00 each.

Monday, March 16 – 10:00-11:15 am – K-4 – Elsinore Theater – Click, Clack, Moo (play), Salem, OR

Sign up online by Monday, March 9

Day: Monday, March 16, 2020
Time: -10-11:15 am (Meet in front of the theater at 9:40 am)
Approximate Running Time: About 60 Minutes
Location: Elsinore Theater – 170 High St SE, Salem, OR 97301
Grades: Recommended for grades K-4 but all ages welcome
Younger Siblings Allowed? Yes but will cost $9 each

Leave plenty of time to find on-street parking near the theater and meet in front of the theater at 9:40 am.

Find a full study guide here

About the play: When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a tech-free zone. He takes her laptop in the cold barn with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

“No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!”

So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs!

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Your local public library has “Click, Clack, Moo” and all the other fun books by author Doreen Cronin – check them out before and / or after the play!

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

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

Thursday, March 19 – 11:00 to 4:00 – K-8 – Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon City

Register online on this form by Friday, March 13, 2020

Day: Friday, March 19th, 2019
Time: 10:45 am to 3:00 pm (or choose to stay later if not riding the bus)
Drive and meet there at 10:45 or Depart by bus from DCS at 9:00 am and return at 4:45 pm
Location: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center, 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
Deadline to sign up: Friday, March 13th, 2020.
Bring a sack lunch!

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings may come but may or may not be able to participate in the hands-on activities, and may need to be taken out or walked around during the guided tour. Extra adult chaperones must prepay $10 each.

Grades K-8 invited to attend!

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 (below) 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 10:45 OR sign up to ride the school bus, loading at 9:00 am and departing DCS at 9:15 am. The bus will load again at The Interpretive Center at 3:00 PM and return to DCS by 4:45 pm.
Children under age five may not ride the bus. (Per bus company policy.)

The official tour / school visit ends at 3:00 pm. Families will receive free passes to the museum which they can use directly after the visit to stay for the rest of the afternoon or to use for a separate visit in the future.

Workshops & Presentations Overview:

Wagon Master Choices Presentation: This 45-minute PowerPoint presentation covers all the same information, but in a choose-your-own-adventure format that allows students to vote on the hard choices pioneers faced on the Oregon Trail.

Candle Dipping & Butter Making: Take part in some hands-on history through this activity. Students participate in real chores children their age would have had during the 1800s and get to keep the candle they make and taste the butter they churn. (Arrangements can be made for gluten allergies; unfortunately, there is no substitution to accommodate those with dairy allergies, who will only be able to participate in churning the butter).

Heartstrings Music: Enjoy the musical presentation of Nancy and Rob Downie in “Heartstrings”. They play a variety of instruments from the Oregon Trail era including hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, acoustic bass, and banjo. Their 30-minute program includes a history of the songs and instruments and a sing-along musical performance (lyrics are provided) with familiar tunes such as “Camptown Races”, “Oh Susanna”, and more. Find out more about Heartstrings here.

Journal Writing: Most of what we know about the Oregon Trail we learned from the journals of pioneers. What did those brave pioneers actually experience on their journey? What did they really think of Oregon Country when they arrived? Engage your students’ critical thinking and creativity with this 30-minute activity, which compares excerpts from actual pioneer journals and then invites students to write their own journal entry imagining what they might have thought and felt if they had lived in the Oregon Trail era.

Packing the Wagon: How much can a wagon really carry? What food can we pack that won’t go bad? With this 30-minute activity, students are faced with the challenging decisions that faced the Oregon Trail pioneers. Students begin with a list of items and their weights, which they use to decide what they would bring and what they would leave behind, using math to make sure they don’t over-pack and make their wagon too heavy. After completing their list, students will learn from an interpreter what packing choices would have been best, and then actually pack their own true-to-size wagon to see for themselves the struggle that every pioneer had to overcome.

Schedule:
8:45 am: Load bus at DCS
9:00 am: Depart DCS for End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
10:45 am: Arrive and meet at main entrance at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
11-11:45 am: Wagon Master Presentation
11:45-12:15 pm: Packing the wagon
12:15-12:45 pm: lunch – Please bring or send a packed lunch for each person
12:45-1:15 pm: lunch / gift shop
1:15-1:45 pm: Candle dipping and butter making
1:45-2:15 pm: Journal writing
2:15-2:45 pm: Heartstrings Band
3:00 pm: Load bus (or, if driving, continue visiting the museum or depart by car)
3:15 pm: Depart for DCS
4:45 pm: Arrive back at DCS

Bring a sack lunch!

See you March 19th!

Check out the Interpretive Center’s website here: https://historicoregoncity.org.

$10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $300 Class and Field Trip Allotment fund for this trip. One parent chaperone entry fee is paid by DCS, extra parent chaperones must prepay $10 each.

 

Thursday, April 2 – 10:00-3:00 – K-8 – Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR

At the end of our special Biomes week at DCS, all families are invited to attend the field trip to the Oregon Zoo to learn about animals from all sorts of biomes from around the world!

Sign up online by Friday, March 20, 2020. 

Day: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 10:45 am to 3:15 pm (or choose to stay later if not riding the bus)
Drive and meet there at 10:45 or Depart by bus from DCS at 9:00 am and return at 4:45 pm
Location: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR

Wear layers / weather-appropriate clothing and very comfortable walking shoes.
Bring a sack lunch and snacks!

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings may come but siblings ages 3-11 will cost $10. Extra adult chaperones must prepay $15 each.

Read this Field Trip Guide for information about parking and the visit

Parents can drive there and meet outside the main Zoo entrance at 10:45 OR sign up to ride the school bus, loading at 9:00 am and departing DCS at 9:15 am. The bus will load again outside the Zoo at 3:15 PM and return to DCS by 4:45 pm. Children under age five may not ride the bus. (Per bus company policy.)

Find parking information here

Workshops & Presentations Overview:
We have booked several workshops for different age groups. DCS staff will be attending every workshop so that parents with children of different ages can either stay in a workshop with children or continue to wander the zoo with their other children. Each child is guaranteed a place in ONE workshop.

Please select your first choice workshop for each of your children. If there is still space in some workshops, we will let you know a couple weeks before the field trip in case any children might want to sign up for a second workshop.

Your workshop programs will take place in the Education Center classrooms located in the Discovery Zone near tigers (not far from the Insect Zoo and the Nature Play area and just behind Coffee Crossing). Please plan to gather your group and meet your zoo instructor at the gate leading to the classrooms five minutes before the start of your program.

Find educational resources on the Oregon Zoo website here

For grades K-3: Winter Warriors at EITHER 12:00 or 1:00
Brrr… it’s cold outside! Compare how different animals adapt to seasonal changes in weather. Use imaginative role-play to discover the way migrators, hibernators, and acclimators stay cozy in cold weather. This 50 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable. This 50 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable. Use this Educational Guide with a printable activity sheet for the field trip

For grades 3-6: Adaptation Artistry at 12:15
Explore how animals’ adaptations help them survive and thrive in their wild habitats. Use comedic costumery to illustrate why habitat loss impacts animals like the vulnerable Oregon spotted frog and learn how we can help them recover. This 60 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable. Use this Educational Guide with a printable activity sheet for the field trip

For grades 5-8: Zoo Animal Training 101 at 2:00
Caring for zoo animals involves more than just scooping poop. Learn how zookeepers train animals to participate in their care, keeping their bodies healthy and their minds active. Includes an opportunity for students to practice training techniques. This 60 minute program includes three animals, at least one touchable.

Schedule:
8:45 am: Load bus at DCS
9:00 am: Bus departs DCS for the Zoo
10:30 am: Meet outside in front of the Oregon Zoo entrance
10:45-3:30 – Small group Zoo visits, Zoo train rides & workshops
Lunch from 11:15 to 12:15 at the Discovery Zone / Coffee Crossing (check your workshop start time!)
WORKSHOPS will take place in the Education Center classrooms located in the Discovery Zone near
tigers and the Nature Play area and just behind Coffee Crossing
12:00-12:50 PM: Winter Warriors Workshop for grades K-3 –
12:15-1:15 PM: Adaptation Artistry Workshop for grades 3-6 –
1:00-1:50 PM: Winter Warriors Workshop for grades K-3 –
2:00-3:00 PM: Animal Training 101 Workshop for grades 5-8 –
3:15 PM – Load bus outside of Zoo
3:30 pm: Bus Departs for DCS – families who drive can stay at the zoo until closing time.
4:45 pm: Arrive back at DCS by bus

Bring a sack lunch or money to buy lunch at the zoo restaurants (there may be long lines)!

Find educational resources on the Oregon Zoo website here: https://www.oregonzoo.org/discover/field-trips-and-school-programs/teacher-resources
And don’t forget to check out good fiction and non-fiction books about zoos and zoo animals at your library!

$10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $300 Class and Field Trip Allotment fund for this trip. Extra siblings ages 3-11 will cost $10 each. Extra adult chaperones will cost $15 each.

Friday April 10 – 11:45 – K-8 – Ten Grands Piano Concert – Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Friday, May 15 – 9:00-2:00 – 1-8 – Evergreen Aviation Museum – Gas Giants Homeschool Workshop, McMinnville, OR


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.

Schedule:

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.

https://elsinoretheatre.com/event-details-frogtown.html

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

Parking:
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

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sRsUJEvJh6D3DEBk6

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.

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.”

Exhibits:

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: https://ohs.org/museum/visit-the-museum.cfm

To visit the website, go to: http://ohs.org.

Schedule:
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.

Schedule:
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! https://acgilbert.org.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – 10:40-11:15 “Knights at Dawn” Magic Treehouse play at Dallas High School

Meet at the main entrance at 10:20 am

Location: Dallas High School – 1250 SE Holman Ave. Dallas, OR 97338

Grades: K-8 (most recommended for K-5)The Magic Tree House: Knights Before Dawn – Play put on by the Dallas High School Theater students
The two siblings, Jack and Annie, return to visit the magic tree house. As they read a book about knights and the middle ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest one must successfully complete before becoming a knight.

Thursday, Dec. 12 – 8:30 & 9:30 – K-8 – Oregon Coast Aquarium Assemblies – Lyle Elementary, Dallas OR

Day: Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Time: 8:30 am 3-8 grades and 9:30 am K-3rd grades
Depart from DCS at 8:10 am if walking to 8:30 assembly, and return by 10 am.
Depart from DCS at 9:10 am if walking to 9:30 assembly, and return by 11 am.
Families may also drive themselves and meet at Lyle School.
Location: Lyle Elementary School, 185 SW Levens St., Dallas, OR 97338

Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings may come but may need to sit with a parent in the back of the assembly and may need to be taken out of the room if they are making noise.

Grades K-8 invited to attend!

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must normally accompany their children. 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 (below) 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 designated departure time.

Parents can drive to Lyle Elementary and meet there at 8:30 (you must buzz in and sign in and out at the office) OR sign up to walk to the assembly, departing DCS at 8:10 am to walk to Lyle Elementary for the 8:30 am assembly or 9:10 for the 9:30 assembly. Students will return either by 10 am or 11 am, depending on which assembly they attend.

Parking for Individual Drivers: There is a parking lot at Lyle Elementary School parents may use. Street parking is available as well.

Lyle Elementary School Oregon Coast Aquarium Outreach Assembly Overview:

8:30 am presentation (geared toward 3-8 Grades, but all ages welcome):
During the Dressed for Success Assembly Program, an Aquarium educator will introduce students to the adaptations of sea otters, seals and sea lions using a PowerPoint presentation, costumes, life-size inflatable animals and specimens such as bones and pelts.

Students will be able to:
1. Students will be able to name at least two adaptations of sea otters, seals and sea lions and how they are useful.
2. Students will compare and contrast seal and sea lion adaptations.
3. Students will be able to tell the difference between a seal and a sea lion.
4. Students will understand how the Oregon Coast Aquarium cares for its marine mammals.
5. Students will value marine mammals as worthy of protection and conservation.
6. Students will be inspired to learn more about marine mammals.
7. Students will explore biofact tables.

9:30 am presentation (geared toward K-3 but all ages welcome):
During the Flippers, Fur and Fun assembly program an Aquarium educator will introduce students to seals and sea lions using a PowerPoint presentation, costumes, a song and dance, life-size inflatable animals and specimens such as bones and pelts. This program will focus on comparing and contrasting seals and sea lions and understanding how they are adapted for survival in their marine environment.

Students will be able to:
1. Explain what makes seals and sea lions mammals.
2. Explain that marine mammals have adaptations that help them survive in the ocean environment.
3. Compare and contrast how seals and sea lions move in and out of the water and the sounds they make.
4. Explain how seals and sea lions stay warm.
5. Students will be inspired to learn more about marine mammals

To visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium website: https://aquarium.org/

Schedule:
8:00 am: arrive at DCS
8:10 am: depart from DCS if walking to Lyle Elementary
8:30 am: presentation begins
9:10 am: depart from DCS if walking to second presentation at Lyle Elementary
9:25 am: 1st presentation ends
9:30 am: beginning of 2nd presentation
10:00 am: return to DCS if walking back from 1st presentation
10:30 am: 2nd presentation ends
11:00 am: return to DCS if walking back from 2nd presentation

$10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $300 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).


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