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.

Art Night

Art Night 2016

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

May 12, 2016 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Peachjar Flyers

Portland Public Schools is now sending home flyers electronically via a service called PeachJar. These flyers come to families via the email address they shared during the school registration process. Below is a link to all the flyers sent home to Lewis students.


Lewis PeachJar Link

NewImage The original wood playground at Lewis Elementary has to be decommissioned for safety reasons and is being replaced with a nature-based play space. There will be logs for sitting on and jumping to, a colorful and fully ADA accessible “river” walkway for all to access the play space, permanent all-weather instruments and more! Portland Public Schools has committed to fund the decommissioning and accessibility features, Lewis PTA has raised $15,000, Lewis Students have raised $1,500, and we need your help to make this a creative and exciting new play space for the entire community to enjoy. Learn more and donate at: http://LewisPlayground.org NewImage

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Fundraising Primer

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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