Field Trips 2021-22

Field Trips & Workshops


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 and each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian unless otherwise noted in the description. In our descriptions (below), we will note the maximum number of participants, whether more than one adult chaperone per family will be allowed or paid for, 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 $400 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 2021-22 School Year

This list is updated continuously – parents will be notified of new field trips and sign-up periods and processes in 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 online registration opening about a month or two before each field trip.

  • Friday, Oct. 8 – 10:00-11:00, 11:30-12:30, or 1:00-2:00 – Chintimini Wildlife Refuge (Corvallis) – K-8
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – E.Z. Orchards Pumpkin Patch (Salem) – K-8
  • Thursday, Oct. 28 – 10:00am – 11:00am – VIRTUAL OMSI Nano Chemistry Workshop – 2-8
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 – 10:00-12:30 – UofO Museum of Natural & Cultural History (Eugene) – Cultural Investigation Workshop – Native Americans & 1:00-2:15 – Tour the Art, Architecture & Landscape Design departments in Lawrence Hall
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 – 12:45 to 2:15 PM – Basket Slough – Migrating Birds (with Audubon Society) – 5-8
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – VIRTUAL OMSI Where in the Worlds Solar System Workshop – K-4
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 – 1:00-2:15 – Search & Rescue Demonstration – Dallas City Park – 4-8
  • Monday, Nov. 29 – 10:00am-1:00pm – Evergreen Space Museum (McMinnville) – K-8
  • Thursday, Dec. 2 – 10:45am – 11:45am – VIRTUAL OMSI Wild Weather Lab Meteorology Workshop – K-6
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7 – 12:30 OR 1:15 to 3:30pm – Willamette Heritage Center Workshops – Pioneer Life & Kalapuya People – K-5
  • Thursday, January 13 – 1:00pm – VIRTUAL – Rainbow Dance Theater performance at Western Oregon University 
  • Tuesday, January 25 – 12:00pm – VIRTUAL Fun-tastic Physics (OMSI) – K-5
  • Thursday, January 27 – 10:30am – VIRTUAL Volcanos (OMSI) – 2-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 – 9:30am – VIRTUAL – Soil Health Guest Speaker – 5-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 – 2:00pm – Chemeketa Agriculture Program, Plant Propagation Workshop (Salem) – 6-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 – 2:00pm – Polk County Courthouse (Dallas) – 6-8
  • Friday, April 1, 2022 – 10:30am to 2:30pm – End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center (Oregon City) – K-8
  • Friday, April 29, 2022 – 10:00am – Oregon Historical Society and 12:00pm Portland Art Museum (Portland) – K-8

Upcoming Field Trip Descriptions & Sign Up Forms

VIRTUAL Rainbow Dance Theater performance at 1:00pm – K-8 – Thursday, January 13 

The Livestreamed student performance will be an abbreviated and slightly-modified-for-students version of Friday Night’s live show at WOU (Smith Auditorium), running about 40 minutes.
During this high-impact performance, West African Dance, Haitian Dance, Hip Hop, and Martial Arts fuse with American Modern Dance to reflect diverse cultural influences. Interactive full-stage sets, 3-D backdrops, and lavish costuming add a unique visual element that transforms the dance performance into an entertaining and provocative theatrical event.
Please feel free to share the link far and wide with other schools, homeschooled families, and other appropriate organizations.

Friday, January 14 – 10:00am Oregon Historical Society and 12:00pm Portland Art Museum (Portland) – K-8

Grades K-8
Day: Friday, January 14, 2022
Time: 10 am – Oregon Historical Society  and / or 12:00 pm – Portland Art Museum – departing at 2:00 or 3:00 pm
Location: Oregon Historical Society  – 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205 & Portland Art Museum – 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Siblings Allowed? Yes

Transportation provided by a parent or guardian. 

Sign up on this form by Friday, January 7, 2022

Meet at 10 am at the Oregon Historical Society where we will do some self-guided visits to exhibits about the history of Oregon and then eat a quick sack lunch before meeting at the Portland Art Museum at 11:45 for a 12:00 visit. Leave plenty of time to find parking in a nearby parking lot or on the street. 

We will visit the temporary exhibit about Queen Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Drawn from the world-renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, the exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificent palaces and tombs of ancient Egypt, including Queen Nefertari’s burial chamber.  Queen Nefertari’s Egypt celebrates the role of women—goddesses, queens, and commoners—and offers glimpses into both royal life and the everyday life of artisans through more than 220 works of art.

If we have time after that visit, we will visit the rest of the Portland Art Museum, focusing on art elements, nature art and architectural art. 


Tuesday, Feb. 8 – 2:00 pm – Chemeketa Agriculture Program, Plant Propagation Workshop (Salem) – 6-8

Students in the DCS Ag Science & Technology class will be doing a workshop on Plant Propagation with Chemeketa instructors and students and then learning more about other ways that agricultural practices are improved through science and technology innovations. Other DCS middle school students  (grades 6-8) who are not in that class can sign up on this form to attend (sign up by Friday, January 28). 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS from OMSI Educators via Zoom


Live, interactive workshops by OMSI Educators! They are amazing!! While presenters show cool experiments and presentations, kids will be learning and asking questions via Zoom (verbally or via chat) throughout the workshops. Please note recommended grade levels & pick one or all to “attend” via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link a few days before the date of each workshop.

Friday, May 13 – 11:00am – Chomp Chocolate Factory & Store (Salem) – K-8

Take a tour through the Chomp Chocolate factory and learn how chocolate is made from bean to bar. More often than not, they are either roasting cocoa beans or processing chocolate into bars, chips, or peanut butter cups. In other words, it’s going to smell good. 

1. The incredible journey cacao has from tree to bean to bar. 

2. Regions and origins of cacao and the flavors it produces.

3. How Chomp! is doing things differently to benefit cacao farmers and the planet.

4. Step-by-step on how we process the chocolate into bars, candies, and more! 

5. Try factory-fresh chocolate and cocoa tea! (included)


Past Field Trips 2021

Chintimini Wildlife Center, K-8 -Corvallis, OR – Oct. 8

Grades K-8
Day: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
Time: 10 am to 11 am -OR- 11:30-12:30 – OR- 1:00 to 2:00
Location: 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
Siblings Allowed? Maybe… We have VERY limited numbers (each group is limited to 10 people total) so siblings will be allowed only if we don’t fill the 10 spots with DCS students & adult chaperones.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Chintimini Wildlife Center. Meet the team of Raptor Ambassadors, 7 birds of prey who are non-releasable to the wild due to permanent injuries or other circumstances. Learn about their wildlife rehabilitation center and rescues. Tours typically run for 45-60 minutes. After your tour, you may relax in the picnic area or explore the trails through the woods and wetlands. Masks required during the group presentation.

Choose which tour times you are available for and we will let you know which one you are assigned to.

EZ Orchards Pumpkin Patch, K-8 – Salem, OR – Thursday, Oct. 21 – 1:20 to 3:00 pm

Location: 5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305

Meet outside the entrance between 1:20-1:30 pm – Enter at 1:30 pm & Depart by 3:00 pm. Masks required.

Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and a second chaperone) may come but extra adult chaperones will pay $5 for their entry fee, and anyone who is not a DCS student will have to pay for their pumpkins (only DCS students will receive a free pumpkin).

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

Other items for purchase:
Quarter-operated animal feed machines are located in the petting zoo. Other products may be purchased in the market / store outside the pumpkin patch after the field trip.

Every DCS student gets to pick a pumpkin to take home. All chaperones/parents/siblings 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.

Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family. If your students are carpooling with another family, you must request a permission slip from and return it to DCS (in person or by email) by October 20.

When you arrive by car, 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).

UofO Museum of Natural History & Tour of Architecture & Design Building grades 3-8 – Eugene, OR – Tuesday, Nov. 2 – 9:45 to 12:00 OR 2:00

Day: Tuesday, Nov. 2
Time: 10:00-12:30 (or 10:00 to 2:30 if you would like to also take a walking tour of the University and stop at the Architecture, Art & Design building in the afternoon ) – arrive between 9:45-10:00 am
Location: University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History – 1680 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR
Grades: 3-8 (we may divide into two groups for the museum workshops)
A parent / guardian must accompany their children (or sign a permission slip to allow another parent or guardian to accompany their children).
Siblings Allowed? Younger siblings may come if they are supervised by a parent / guardian during the 90 minute workshop at the Museum. The tour to the architecture building in the afternoon will be a lot of walking.

We have organized a Museum Program at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History called “Cultural Scene Investigation” (investigating Native American artifacts as an archeologist / anthropologist) from 10:00 to 11:30, with time for self-guided exploration of the museum after the workshop.

Parents with students interested in art, architecture, landscaping and design are welcome to join us in the afternoon for a walking tour / visit of the Architecture, Art and Design building at University of Oregon. After the workshop and visit of the Natural History Museum, we will find a place to eat lunch around 12:00, then walk to the Architecture building (Lawrence Hall – about a 15 minute walk) and then walk back to the Museum at about 2:00. We should leave in time to be back in Dallas before 3:30.

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

Basket Slough – Bird Identification & Migration – grades 5-8 – Wednesday, Nov. 3 – 12:45-2:15

Location: Basket Slough – Main Parking Lot on Coville Road

Come learn from the head of the Salem Audubon Society about the birds who take refuge in our local wildlife areas and learn about migrating geese and other wildlife. Great for students learning about biology, outdoor skills, wildlife, or biodiversity! 

Search & Rescue Workshop, Dallas City Park – grades 4-8 – Wednesday, Nov. 17 – 1:00 to 2:15 pm
Join us at the Dallas City Park in front of the basketball court at the corner of SW Levels St. and SW Branvold Dr. in Dallas – members of the local Search and Rescue team from the Polk County Sherrif’s Office will bring some SAR dogs and help students learn about how to stay safe and how to be found if they get lost outdoors. Students will learn what are the most essential supplies to always carry with them while hiking or exploring, and get information about Search and Rescue volunteers and canines. No sign-up required, students in grades 4-8 are welcome to attend with a parent or chaperone or to be dropped off to join us (supervised by DCS staff) at 1:00 and get picked up at 2:15 in the same location. 

 Evergreen Space Museum (McMinnville) – K-8 – Monday, Nov. 29 – 10:00am-1:00pm 

Day: Monday, Nov. 29
Time: 10 am to 12:00 or 1:00 pm
Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville OR
Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

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

7th & 8th grade students can participate in the workshop for grades 4-6 OR help younger students with their scavenger hunt.

10:00 AM Arrival/Check-in/Wristbands at Evergreen Museum (meet outside the entrance of the Space Museum)
10:10 – workshop for grades 4-6 – *The Space Garden – Students will get their hands dirty to investigate how plants grow in space and why they are important to space travel and Earth.
10:10 – Students in K-3 will do a scavenger hunt & visit the Space Museum with DCS staff
11 am – Space Next 3D IMAX movie followed by snack time
12:15 – workshop for grades K-3 – *Constellation Exploration – Young explorers can discover the stories of the sky in the constellation exhibit and make their own Solar System scale.
Students in grades 4-6 will do a scavenger hunt & visit the Space Museum with DCS staff
1:00 departure (or stay for more self-guided visiting if you have time)
If you leave at 12:15 you can be back to DCS by 1:00. If you leave at 1:00 you should be back at DCS around 1:45.

Willamette Heritage Center Workshops – Pioneer Life & Kalapuya People – K-5 – Tuesday, Dec. 7 – 12:30 OR 1:15 to 3:30pm 

Day: Tuesday, Dec. 7
Time: 12:30 OR 1:30 to 3:30 pm (meet at the WHC at 12:30 OR 1:15 – Workshops from 1:30 to 2:30 & 2:30-3:30 – Optional self-guided visits from 12:30 to 1:15)
Location: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR
We will separate into two groups (K-2 & 3-5) and each group will be able to do both workshops.

Younger Siblings Allowed? Yes. However, you will probably need to walk them around during the workshops. If you have any questions about bringing younger siblings, please contact me –

Transportation: Parents / adult chaperones will need to bring students. Parents who have a child carpool with another family should contact us for a transportation permission slip. We will meet inside the ticket office at either 12:30 (if you would like to do self-guided tours for 45 minutes) OR at 1:15 (if you are just coming for the two workshops). The workshops end at 3:30 and only the outdoor areas and the gift shops & cafes will be open after 3:30. .

This field trip is part of the Native American Cultures class AND the Pioneer School class at DCS.

Each student who attends will participate in these two workshops, led by the Docents of the Willamette Heritage Center:

Kalapuya, the First People of the Willamette Valley: They lived a season-based lifestyle that utilized the valley’s natural resources. Their world changed forever with the arrival of explorers, trappers and settlers. Historically accurate models and artifacts are used in a hands-on exploration of their lives and world. Students will take home a simple game based on one the Kalapuya played.

Pioneer World: What was life in the Willamette Valley like in the mid to late 1800’s? Students explore this question by attending a mock nineteenth century schoolhouse. Through period-specific lessons and comparisons with contemporary life, students will travel back in time to understand the life and daily routines of early Willamette Valley Residents

$10 will be deducted from each student’s $400 Classes & Field Trips allotment fund for this field trip.

Thursday, Oct. 28 – 10:00am – 11:00am – VIRTUAL OMSI Nano Chemistry Workshop – grades 2-8
When things get really, really small, things get really, really weird—and amazing! We’ll discover how the tiniest chemistry makes beautiful rainbows, amazing goo, and super-speedy reactions. Topics include surface area, chemical reactions, and reaction rates.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – VIRTUAL OMSI Where in the Worlds Solar System Workshop – grades K-4
Climb aboard the Spaceship OMSI and discover the fascinating planets and moons that make up our solar system. Young Astronomers will learn how the solar system orbits the sun, learn about meteorite impact craters, and compare the sizes of the planets from the tiniest terrestrial worlds to the most gargantuan gas giants.

Thursday, Dec. 2 – 10:45am – 11:45am – VIRTUAL OMSI Wild Weather Lab Meteorology Workshop – grades K-6
We experience weather every day, but what is weather? Why are some days sunny and hot, and some days cloudy and wet? Students will explore the Earth’s atmosphere and learn about how seasons, air currents, and pressure influence the day-to-day experience of weather. They will also investigate the difference between weather and climate. Activities include modeling the jet stream, and learning how meteorologists make weather predictions.