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 email@example.com 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
- Wednesday, Oct. 27 – 12:45 to 2:15 PM – Basket Slough – Migrating Birds (with Audubon Society) – 4-8
- 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
- Tuesday, Nov. 9 – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – VIRTUAL OMSI Where in the Worlds Solar System Workshop – K-4
- 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
- Friday, April 1, 2022 – 10:30am to 2:30pm – End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center (Oregon City) – K-8
Field Trip Descriptions & Sign Up Forms
Chintimini Wildlife Center, K-8 -Corvallis, OR – Oct. 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.
Sign up on this online form by Friday, Oct. 1
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
Sign up on this online form by Monday, October 18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
$10 per student will automatically be withdrawn from your $400 DCS Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.
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.
Willamette Heritage Museum – Pioneer Life & Kalapuya People Workshops grades K-5 – Salem, OR – 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. Parents with students in each group can stay with the younger child(ren) in their group and DCS staff will supervise students in the older group.
Younger Siblings Allowed? Yes. However, you will probably need to walk them around during the workshops.
Transportation: As usual, 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 with DCS staff 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.
Each student 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.
VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS from OMSI Educators via Zoom
Sign up on this form to receive the Zoom link a few days before the date of each virtual workshop.
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.
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.