Fallon has worked with youth outdoors in partnership with organizations such as Swallowtail School and Farm, FG Community Alternative Learning Center, Roots & Shoots, NWRSE-PACE, the FG Community School, Centro Cultural, and more. She was the primary architect of Centro Cultural’s outdoor summer program at B Street and also was a co-developer of Farmworks Inc, a summer daycamp in Lebanon. Fallon is one of our lead teachers at camp. She is also our Director. Fallon loves the great outdoors and sharing all the awesomeness the world has to offer! Hiking, camping, climbing, and exploring are some of her favorite things.
If it's outdoors, Matt has probably done it! Snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, climbing, surfing . . . the list goes on. He is highly prepared for outdoor adventure and has worked as a lifeguard, firefignter, EMT, rescue tech, and backcountry ranger. Currently he owns and operates a business that sews outdoor & firefighting equipment. He also teaches woodworking, metal working, and other hands-on skills at Portland-area Waldorf schools. As a seasoned leader of our Canoe trips and Maker's Workshop, he will help your camper develop useful outdoorskills and become a resiliant and self-sufficient leader.
With over 14 years of teaching experience, Mckaley Harris specializes in learning through play and hands-on activities. Whether iin the school garden or at one of the multitude of outdoor places she finds to explore nature and wildlife, moving and touching is always part of the learning fun! McKaley also enjoys teaching yoga-inspired relaxation and self-awareness techniques that help students learn to calm their bodies and minds. Mckaley is our second lead instructor and is looking forward a to summer outdoors with kids at Swallowtail Farm
Noah Oak Marquis is an ISA certified owner of Trees to Soil, a tree care service that combines a biodynamic heart with a permaculture mind. His extensive agricultural experience includes work in Hawaii and Japan growing organic avocados, citrus, and apples. As a consultant in costal Ecuador, he's helped with conservation, agroforestry research, and permaculture design in the threatened Chaco-Manabi biodiversity corridor. Currently Noah lives west of Portland and is the Land Steward for Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm.
I am a Portland native and a recent Pacific University graduate where I studied education and sustainability. I am the youngest of nine children and spent my younger years running around outside, with the majority of my fondest memories taking place in nature. In my spare time I enjoy playing lacrosse, working in my garden, hanging out with my cat Lucy, cooking delicious meals, and of course spending time outside exploring.
Tess O’Day is a undergraduate student at Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts studying Education, Environment, and design. In the past she has volunteered at Forest Grove Community School, B-street Permaculture Project, and an Environmental Education center in Amherst. She has been a camp
counselor at Outdoor School and loves climbing trees, drawing insects, and being involved in her community.
Yaz grew up teaching with her mother at the Forest Grove Community School. She's involved with youth and a variety of community projects and has won numerous awards for her projects with youth and civic engagement
Charlene Murdock is the mother of Nana Cardoon, a beloved kitchen and garden learning space that has hosted many classroom visits and adult workshops. Charlene is the lead teacher for our Seed to Table camps and will introduce campers to the delicous world of food and culture.
Many Forest Grovians remember Charlie as "Mr. Graham" from their middle school science classes. Well-known in the region for his expertise with place-based education, Charlie will be on hand throughout the summer to help introduce our campers the many wonders of the natural world
Kate has been involved in community though Forest Grove Community School, B Street farm and the Forest Grove Farmer's Market for over six years. She has been a counselor for outdoor school and enjoys playing, educating, and learning with kids of all ages. Kate is currently attending Cornish College of the Arts for Dance.