Lewis Garden & Environmental Programs

The Lewis Outdoor Education Center provides students the opportunity to learn about water conservation, gardening, native plants, and composting. The Outdoor Center includes an outdoor classroom, a greenhouse, four raised beds, rain barrels, a cob bench and apple trees. Lewis partnered with the Building Village Convergence and Portland State University to build an outdoor classroom space covered by an ecoroof. Classes K-5 take part in the Learning Gardens.

Lewis Learning Gardens curriculum encompasses planting, growing, harvesting, and preparing of foods. Grades K-5 learn about various topics such as seed saving, herbs, organic gardening, and growing starts.

There are numerous community partnerships that make the environmental education program possible. Our Garden Coordinator supports environmental programs for the Outdoor Center and the Learning Gardens. The Garden Coordinator also manages new garden projects, teaches the summer gardening camp, and coordinates volunteer efforts such as Earth Day, the 3rd grade Going Green Team for composting lunches, and the Tray Washing program. Lewis also involves Portland’s Metro educators to present puppet shows to K-2 and talks to 3-5 focused on recycling and the health of our planet.

Reed Benefit Run for Local Schools


The third annual Reed College 5K is a 5K run/walk open to all ages and abilities - Saturday September 20, 2014

Proceeds from the the run will benefit local elementary schools, including Lewis!

To register please visit the following link:  Reed College 5K

Interested in volunteering? Send an email to: info@reasontorun.com 


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For many years we have attempted to explain our various PTA fund raising opportunities. Recently Lewis parent Jordan Benner created this great video that explains those PTA fund raising opportunities in a very understandable manner. Please take a look and consider taking part. 201309042122.jpg Direct Donation escript/Scrip Shopping Donate & Recycle

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Staff Picks: Favorite Books

Throughout the year we will be highlighting favorite books selected by our staff members...


Title: Charlotte’s Web Author: E.B. White Staff Member: Mr. Colvin

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"Before the movie, before the cartoon, was the book. The book and I are about the same age, having both arrived in the early 1950s. I was in fourth grade in Mrs. Stansell's class in Gold Beach, Oregon and she read several novels during the year, but the one that hooked me was Charlotte's Web. I have read it to every class I have ever taught since I started teaching. Plus I read it to my own two kids when they were around 9 or 10.

Mr. Colvin
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