EdenAcres develops exciting, engaging, and curiosity-inspiring educational experiences in outdoor settings for learners of all ages.
A community that cares for the earth and for people, fairly distributes and shares abundance, and lives within the limits of the natural world that sustains us.
Empowering learners of all ages to discover and improve their community through experiential learning
Environmental literacy for all learners of all ages
To develop capacity in our community for environmental education we:
Integrate outdoor learning activities with academic content in K-12, non-formal, and adult education
Develop infrastructure & protocols to support learning at outdoor sites
Develop funding to cover program costs and transportation
Build connections and partnerships to develop a broad base of support for outdoor education across the community
We are proponents of teaching methods that have been shown to empower learners and develop environmental literacy as well as foster intrinsic motivation, self-confidence, creative engagement, and connection to community. Our methods include place, project, and service-based learning, sustainability education, permaculture design, systems thinking, and STEM to STEAM.
EdenAcres members are highly experienced educators with a deep interest in sustainability education. Over the years, they've incorporated systems thinking, permaculture design, place and project-based learning, and outdoor experiences into their associated learning environments. They've been pivotal drivers of the development of a rich and diverse sustainability-minded culture in Forest Grove. Members are co-creators of the Forest Grove Community School, Pacific University's B Street Farm, the Nana Cardoon learning kitchen and garden, and the Dairy Creek Food Web. In various capacities, they've supported the development of the Forest Grove Community Garden, Forest Grove Sustainability Commission, Centro Cultural's STEAM youth-empowerment program, and Adelante Mujeres’ Farmer's Market and Sustainable Agriculture education program. Collectively, they are directly responsible for creating 15 new sustainability education jobs in Forest Grove. EdenAcres members are ambitious, determined, deeply connected, and ready to act in service to their community.
"We believe that our community has reached a tipping point where judiciously applied pressure on targeted keypoints will result in increased access to outdoor education for learners of all ages in our region. Our work is to identify and address those keypoints in order to increase capacity for environmental education in our region."