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 info@dallascommunityschool.org 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 / Magma (OMSI) – 2-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 – 9:30am – VIRTUAL – Soil Health Guest Speaker – 5-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 – 9:30 am – VIRTUAL – GMO’s & Organic Farming Guest Speaker – 5-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 – 8:45am – VIRTUAL – Hot Potato – Food Production & Climate Change Workshop (Smithsonian) – 5-8
  • Friday, Feb. 18 – 10:00am – VIRTUAL Career Presentation – Rabbit Physical Exam with a Vet Tech (gr. 5-8)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 – 2:00pm – Polk County Courthouse (Dallas) – 6-8
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23 – 1:45-2:15 – Dallas Fire Station – K-3
  • Tuesday, March 1 – 2:00pm – Chemeketa Agriculture Program, Plant Propagation Workshop (Salem) – 6-8
  • Wednesday, March 2 – 2:15 to 5:00pm – Fishing / Angling Workshop at Huddleston Pond (Willamina) – K-8
  • Monday, March 7 – 1:45pm – Dallas Library – K-3
  • Friday, March 11 – 9:30-11am – Geology core samples (3-8) & 11:30 to 12:30 – Dairy Farm (2-8) – OSU (Corvallis) – 3-8
  • Monday, March 14 – 2:30 pm – Planting Native Plants (new DCS building) – 3-8
  • Wednesday, March 16 – 1:00 pm – Planting Native Plants (conservation easement outside of Dallas) – 3-8
  • Wednesday, April 6 – 1:45 to 2:30 – Riverbend Materials Dallas – K-8
  • Friday, April 8 – 12;00 to 3:00pm – Fishing / Angling Workshop at Huddleston Pond (Willamina) – K-8
  • Tuesday, April 12 – 3:00 pm – Western Interlock Dallas (Robotics & Manufacturing) – K-8
  • Friday, April 29  – 10:00am – Oregon Historical Society and 12:00pm Portland Art Museum (Portland) – K-8
  • Wednesday, May 11 – 10:00am – Gilbert House (Salem) – Roller Coaster workshop – K-2
  • Wednesday, May 11 – 2:00pm – Minto Tea and Vegetable Farm Tour – K-8
  • Friday, May 13 – 11:00am to 3:00pm – End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive  Center (Oregon City) – K-8
  • Friday, May 13 – Young at Art Painting Workshop (DCS) – K-8
  • Thursday, May 19 – 10:00 – OSU Wave Lab & 11:30 – Corvallis Environmental Center (Corvallis) – K-8
  • Friday, May 27 – 10:00am to 2:00pm – Silver Falls State Park (Silverton) – K-8

Upcoming Field Trip Descriptions & Sign Up Forms

Friday, May 27 – 10:00am to 2:00pm – Silver Falls State Park – K-8

Sign-up on this form by Wednesday, May 25

State Park Rangers will lead workshops on Beavers and their needs and habitats, Bears and how they contribute to the State Park ecosystem, and a guided hike to learn about the plants and creatures who live in the park. 

DCS will provide the $5 parking permit for each participating family, which is valid for the whole day. 

 

Previous Field Trips This Year: 

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

Tuesday, Feb. 1 – 9:30am – VIRTUAL – Soil Health Guest Speaker – 5-8
Tuesday, Feb. 8 – 9:30 am – VIRTUAL – GMO’s & Organic Farming Guest Speaker – 5-8
Tuesday, Feb. 15 – 8:45am – VIRTUAL – Hot Potato – Food Production & Climate Change Workshop (Smithsonian) – 5-8
Friday, Feb. 18 – 10:00 am – VIRTUAL  Career Presentation – Vet Tech (Rabbit Physical Exam) – 5-8
Monday, Mar. 7 – 2:00pm – VIRTUAL Career as an Adventure: How my STEM education took me around the world – 5-8
Tuesday, Mar. 8 – 2:00pm – VIRTUAL Career Presentation – Yes You Can Make a Living Doing Art! – 5-8

Wednesday, Feb. 23 – 1:45pm – Dallas Fire Station – K-4

K-3 students will have a guided visit of the different fire and emergency vehicles and learn about the role of firefighters and paramedics in our community. As we are not allowed to go inside the fire station, this will be an abbreviated visit of the garage. 

Wednesday, March 2 – 2:15 to 5:00pm – Fishing / Angling Workshop at Huddleston Pond (Willamina) – K-8

Have you or your students always wanted to try fishing but didn’t know where to start? Or need help to navigate fishing licenses and other regulations? Here’s your chance to learn! Free for all DCS students (K-8).

We have set 2 dates for fishing events at Huddleston Pond in Willamina (about 25 minutes away from Dallas):

March 2nd from 2:15 to 5:00 PM – Beginners (Any level may attend, but this will focus on beginner-level information & skills)

April 8th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM – Beginners / Intermediate

You may sign up for one or both. Lessons will be taught by trained volunteers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The ponds will have been freshly stocked with hundreds of trout, so we are almost guaranteed to catch something! There is very easy access to the water, restrooms onsite, a nice trail all around the lake, and a playground for younger kids to use.

You can bring your own fishing pole(s) and bait or register below to borrow equipment for the lessons.

Any student 12 and older who wants to fish will need a $10 youth angling license. Adults who wish to fish will also need an angling license. For information about licensing please go here: https://myodfw.com/articles/how-buy-oregon-fishing-license

Tuesday, March 1 – 2:00pm – Chemeketa Agriculture Program, Plant Propagation Workshop (Salem) – for grades 6-8

Middle school students (in grades 6-8) may attend a plant propagation class taught by a Chemeketa professor with a small group of Chemeketa Community College students on Tuesday, February 8 at 2:00. Leaving DCS at 1:20 pm should get you there right on time!

We may be learning about starting seeds, grafting or starting plants from cuttings, plus taking a tour of the CCC Agriculture program facilities and having a short Q&A session about Ag. related college programs with one of the professors. All participants will be wearing masks and will be at least 6 feet apart, and the room will be well ventilated.

Tuesday, Feb. 15 – 2:00pm – Polk County Courthouse (Dallas) – grades 6-8

In order to learn about the justice system, Middle school students (in grades 6-8) may attend an actual trial at the Polk County Courthouse. The trial students will be observing deals with a person accused of driving under the influence of intoxicants. In addition, if time permits, the Presiding Judge will address the students and answer some questions. Students should attend if they are learning about government, laws and justice, or if they are interested in learning more about what attorneys & judges do. 

March 14 at 2:30 pm & March 16 at 1:00 pm – Planting Native Plants (Dallas) – K-8 (rain or shine!) 

March 14 –  Location: 689 Main St. Dallas 

 March 16 –  Location: 14095 Sunnyside Rd, Dallas 

Do you want to participate in an outdoor community service project with other DCS families while learning about native plants (that you might be interested in planting in your own yard)? Polk Soil & Water Conservation District invites you to come help in a native habitat restoration efforts at their 97-acre conservation easement—Cornerstone, and / or helping to plant native plants at the new DCS building in downtown Dallas. Build environmental stewardship through community service by getting your hands dirty and helping us plant a variety of native plants. 

Learn about how native plants are important in gardens, parks, farms and other natural areas because they: 

ATTRACT POLLINATORS 
PRESERVE OUR NATURAL LANDSCAPE 
PROVIDE WILDLIFE HABITAT 
USE LESS WATER & CHEMICALS 
Dress for the weather – we will be participating rain or shine! If you have work gloves, hand diggers or shovels, please bring them with you.

Parents must stay onsite with students. Younger siblings may attend but may or may not be able to participate in planting activities (depending on availability of tools, safety, etc.).

Monday, March 7 – 1:45 to 2:30 – Dallas Library – K-3

Dallas Public Library has done an AMAZING job providing materials and resources over the past couple of challenging years. Learn from the Children’s Librarian how the public library is organized, what types of resources the library checks out to people or provides online, how to find what you want in the library, and why public libraries are so important for everyone in our community!

Friday, March 11 – 9:30-11am – OSU Geology Core Samples (3-8) & OSU Dairy Farm (K-8) (Corvallis)

Time: OSU Marine / Geology Core Samples visit from 9:30 to 11 am. OSU Dairy Farm tour from 11:30 TO 12:30.
Stay for your own optional self-guided visits of the OSU campus after that if you would like.

Location: Oregon State University – OSU-MGR, 4700 SW Research Way, Corvallis, Oregon
OSU Dairy – 2.7 miles away near the corner of NW Harrison & Circle Blvd.

Grades: 3-8 for Core Samples tour, & K-8 for Dairy Farm Tour

(Younger siblings may not be able to stay during the 9:30 to 11 am visit, but parents would be welcome to hang out with younger siblings in common areas in the building, walk around outdoors, or visit other parts of the campus with them while older siblings are at the visit supervised by DCS staff).

A parent / guardian must accompany their children (or sign a permission slip to allow another parent or guardian to drive their children).

9:30 to 11:00: All students interested in geology, ecology, oceanography, engineering, science, or just interested in visiting a college campus or learning more about these topics should come and visit the Marine & Geology Core Samples Collection – The collection includes more than 24 miles of oceanic sediment cores and tens of thousands of marine rock specimens that provide scientists an archive of Earth’s history, including changes in climate, biology, volcanic and seismic activity, meteorite interactions and more. Scientists will be sharing different core samples with us so that we can learn what types of information they can learn from those samples, and how that information influences building, exploration, development, and policy.

11:30 to 12:30: OSU Dairy Farm Tour – learn how a dairy farm works, and also about what and why college students learn about the science and technology involved in running a good dairy farm.

After 12:30, families can stay and do their own self-guided tour of the OSU campus, or go to other interesting spots in Corvallis like the Bruce Starker Park & Community Gardens, Avery Park & Natural Area, Willamette Park or Shonnard’s Nursery.

Wednesday, April 6 – 1:45 to 2:30 – Riverbend Materials (Dallas) – K-8
A unique opportunity to visit a quarry near Dallas! Learn about geology, extraction of natural resources (rocks & gravel), uses of materials, engineering systems and processes, large vehicles and quarry equipment. https://rbmaterials.com/about-us/

A guide from the quarry will give us a tour on the bus through the quarry, explaining the processes and equipment as we drove through.

Siblings welcome!

Friday, April 8 – 12;00 to 3:00pm – Fishing / Angling Workshop at Huddleston Pond (Willamina) – K-8 – FULL

Have you or your students always wanted to try fishing but didn’t know where to start? Or need help to navigate fishing licenses and other regulations? Here’s your chance to learn! Free for all DCS students (K-8).

We have set 2 dates for fishing events at Huddleston Pond in Willamina (about 25 minutes away from Dallas):

March 2nd from 2:15 to 5:00 PM – Beginners (Any level may attend, but this will focus on beginner-level information & skills)

April 8th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM – Beginners / Intermediate

You may sign up for one or both. Lessons will be taught by trained volunteers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The ponds will have been freshly stocked with hundreds of trout, so we are almost guaranteed to catch something! There is very easy access to the water, restrooms onsite, a nice trail all around the lake, and a playground for younger kids to use.

You can bring your own fishing pole(s) and bait or register below to borrow equipment for the lessons.

Any student 12 and older who wants to fish will need a $10 youth angling license. Adults who wish to fish will also need an angling license. For information about licensing please go here: https://myodfw.com/articles/how-buy-oregon-fishing-license

 Tuesday, April 12 – 3:00 pm – Western Interlock Dallas (Robotics & Manufacturing) – K-8
10095 Rickreall Rd, Rickreall, OR

Get an inside look at how Western Interlock makes paving stones. 

Believe it or not, not all pavers are made the same. In this guided tour, you’ll get a look at every step of the production process and learn how a paving stone is made. Another unique opportunity to learn about manufacturing, industrial robotics, materials, equipment, engineering and manufacturing processes. 

Friday, April 29, 2022 – 10:00am – Oregon Historical Society and 12:00pm Portland Art Museum – K-8

Friday, April 29
10 am to 11:30 am – Oregon Historical Society – 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland
11:30-12:00 – Bring your own packed lunches to eat 
12:00-2:00 pm (you may choose to stay later) – Tour of the Portland Art Museum – 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland

Join us for a tour of the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland at 10 am and then have a picnic lunch and walk across the street at 12:00 for a tour of the Portland Art Museum. 

At the Oregon Historical Society, we will tour the following exhibits: 

Experience Oregon 10:00-10:40am
Oregon Voices 10:45am-11:05am
Freeze the Day 11:10am-11:30am
At the Portland Art Museum, just across the street, we have a 12:15PM entry time to the Mexican Modernism Exhibition, including works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, among others.

After that visit, we will do a self-guided visit more of the permanent collections in the Portland Art Museum, including the American Art and European Art exhibits

Families are welcome to stay and move about to visit the rest of the museum for as long as they wish that afternoon (the museum closes at 8pm).

 Friday, May 13, 11 am to 3 pm – End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center (Oregon City) – K-8

Learn how to make candles, load and unload a wagon, and deal with many other trials and tribulations settlers had to overcome on their way West on the Oregon Trail. 

Day: Friday, March 19th, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3:00 pm (families may stay later for self-guided visits)
Transportation: Drive and meet there at 10:45
Location: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center, 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
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 pay $10 each.

Grades K-8 invited to attend!

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must accompany their children.

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).

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.

Possible Schedule:
Arrive, check-in between 10:45-11:00 am
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: Self-guided visits / gift shop
1:15-1:45 pm: Candle dipping and butter making
1:45-2:15 pm: Journal writing
2:15-3:00 pm: Self-guided tours of exhibits / gift shop

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

 Wednesday, May 11 – 10:00am – Gilbert House (Salem) – Roller Coaster workshop – K-3

Grades K-3
Day: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm (workshop from 10:00 to 10:30 or 10:45 to 11:15 )
Location: Gilbert House Children’s Museum, Salem, OR

Younger Siblings Allowed? Yes, for a $5 admission fee (or free if you are a Gilbert House Member or buy a membership that day)

Check in at 10:00 and spend some time playing in the museum before or after the Marble Roller Coaster Workshop.

Ready for a challenge?  K-3 students will work to build a roller coaster for a marble with twists, spirals, and more! Designing, testing, and applying changes will be front and center in this fun engineering workshop that introduces principles of physics including gravity, momentum, friction, and centripetal force. After the workshop, families can stay until noon to visit the rest of the children’s museum and play on the amazing outdoor play structures. 

Wednesday, May 11 – 2:00pm – Minto Tea and Vegetable Farm Tour – K-8

Minto  Island Tea Company – 3394 Brown Island Rd S, Salem

2:00 to 3:30 or 4:00 pm – K-8 – (Younger Siblings Welcome)

Take a tour of one of the best farms in the Northwest, and one of the only farm-scale tea plots in the USA!

We will tour the tea farm and the general market farm (vegetables and fruits) from 2 – 3:30 pm and learn about farming, sustainable agriculture, systems, tools, the farm market and growing healthy foods. People who wish to stay to taste a cup of their tea at the end can do so from 3:30 to 4:00 pm. 

 Thursday, May 19 – 10:00 – OSU Wave Lab & 11:30 – Corvallis Environmental Center (Corvallis) – K-8

Thursday, May 19
10:00-11:00am – OSU Wave Lab – 3550 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR
11:30-1:00 – Corvallis Environmental Center – SAGE Garden – 4485 SW Country Club Drive, Corvallis, OR 
Come for one or both! 

Join us from 10am to 11am at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory near the OSU Campus in Corvallis to learn about the types of research they conduct and the types of projects and careers their students and scientists are involved in. The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes involving Wave-structure interaction, Nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport, Wave energy, Tsunami and coastal hazards and Fixed and floating structures. 

At 11:30am, we will meet at the Corvallis Environmental Center for a workshop on Insects in the Garden – What role do insects play in our environment? Learn about pollinators, invertebrates, and other garden insects! Taste test honey, search for crawling critters in the compost, and peek at a beehive!