CREST is an environmental education center operated by the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Opened in January 2002 and dedicated by Dr. Jane Goodall, the center offers programs and curricular support for students and teachers in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
The CREST Farm is located at 7151 Boeckman Road in Wilsonville. This educational farm is an example of large scale agriculture, which provides students the opportunity to learn about a variety of concepts related to science, wellness, and economics. Students are engaged in the planting, harvesting, and ongoing maintenance required on a working farm. Field trips and outreach programs also include nutrition lessons that encourage students to taste the variety of fruits and vegetables grown on site.
Lessons & Field Experiences
||CREST Staff lead a variety of lessons and field experiences that target specific science standards
and engage students in place-based learning. Students consider topics about the natural world,
their connection to it, and develop skills to become active stewards in their community.
|Student Scientific Research
||Students engage in active scientific inquiry by developing independent research projects in science
or engineering. CREST staff assist with the development of research plans and connect students
with professional mentors who can provide guidance. Final projects are showcased at the annual
CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium.
||K & up
||This program utilizes the CREST Farm to demonstrate agricultural practices and components of local
food systems. Students learn about local food systems, science, and personal wellness and are
directly engaged in the operation of the Farm. Fruits and vegetables grown on the farm go to
shareholders of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and a school-based tasting program.
||Day camps and summer camps provide students with unique learning experiences when school is
out of session. CREST staff engage students in activities that increase their understanding of
science and nature.
|Student Internships||3 & up||Individualized internships provide students with real work experience at CREST or the CREST Farm.|
|Teacher Training & Support
||CREST staff provide support to individual teachers, teaching teams, and school staff to encourage
self-efficacy in teaching science and environmental education. This includes providing lesson plans,
materials, equipment, and training.
||CREST staff provide general support for the establishment of school-wide programs that encourage
scientific inquiry, sustainability, and environmental education. Examples include: helping build and
maintain school gardens and supporting school science fairs.