About Us

EdenAcres develops exciting, engaging, and curiosity-inspiring educational experiences in outdoor settings for learners of all ages.

 

Our Vision:

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.

 

Our Mission:

Empowering learners of all ages to discover and improve their community through experiential learning

 

Our Goal:

Environmental literacy for all learners of all ages

 

Our Strategies

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

 

Our Methods

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.

 

Our Team

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."​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Our Team

Fallon Harris

Fallon Harris

Fallon has worked with youth outdoors in partnership with organizations such as Swallowtail School & Farm, FG Community Alternative Learning Center, Roots & Shoots, NWRSE-PACE, the FG Community School, Centro Cultural, & more. She was the primary architect of Centro Cultural’s outdoor summer program at B Street & also was a co-developer of Farmworks Inc. Fallon is our Director & one of our lead teachers. Fallon loves the great outdoors and sharing all the awesomeness the world has to offer!

Ethan Yarish

Ethan Yarish

Ethan grew in Connecticut and studied Ecology at the University of Maine. After graduating he worked as an outdoor educator in places such Minnesota, Colorado, California and now resides in Portland. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, whether that is rock climbing, backpacking, identifying plants, or teaching others about the natural world. His favorite bird is the Great Blue Heron, and his favorite book is A Sand County Almanac.

Tess O'Day

Tess O'Day

Steven Barnard

Steven Barnard

Charlie Graham

Charlie Graham

Charlie Graham is a highly experienced educator with connections to Centro Cultural, B-Street Farm, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Hyla Woods, Stroud Water Research, and more. He's published and presented his work with place-based learning numerous times and is a founding teacher of the FG Community School. With over 27 years in the FG school district, he serves as EdenAcre's liaison to teachers and administration and advises on curriculum development

Charlene Murdock

Charlene Murdock

Charlene Murdock is the mother of Nana Cardoon, a beloved kitchen and garden learning space that has hosted many classroom visits and adult workshops. As a founder and co- owner of Murdock and White (a premier specialty food brokerage), she’s built lasting relationships with artisanal food producers across the Pacific Northwest. Charlene is highly networked and is connected to many organizations including the Dairy Creek Food Web, B Street Farm, and Adelante Mujeres.

Terry O'Day

Terry O'Day

Terry O'Day designs and builds learning environments that support education for sustainability. As an artist, she engages in creative activity that benefits the community through the application of permaculture design principles to develop learning organizations and outdoor classrooms. She originated and was a co-founder of the Community School and the B Street Farm. As the EdenAcres board chair, she oversees the strategic development of the project.

Supporters:

S&H Landscape

Contact us:

info.edenacres@gmail.com

 

(440) 479-4813

P.O. Box 51 

Forest Grove, OR   97116

EdenAcres Environmental Education
  • Early Learning and Homeschool outdoors

  • School Gardens and Outdoor Classrooms 

  • Programs, Classes & Field Trips for K-20

  • Curriculum & Design Services for Schools

  • Site Design, Construction & Maintenence

EdenAcres is a
Lions Club and a 501c3
tax exempt organization