The Summer Program
Get out of the city and grow, learn and thrive at our educational Farm Program for children. Enjoy one of six weeks of The Summer Program with hands-on, educational activities with chickens, geese, goats, rabbits, pig, cow, horses and ponies, and cats and dogs too! Learn the care and maintenance of each of the farm animals and get active with gardening, game time and learn to ride a horse. Academics are important; the entire program is taught by an experienced, Oregon State Certified Teacher. Please bring a sack lunch.
- Monday-Friday, 8:30-2:50
- (Bus Times 7:50 & 3:30 p.m.)
- The Summer Program and Jr. Vet. Program Week presentations for the parents are on Fridays from 2:00 sharp to 3:30. Please bring something to share. Finger food is best but whatever you want to share is fine by us. OMF is not coordinating the food.
What is the cost?
The cost of the Summer Program is $239 per student. The cost of the Jr. Vet. Week is $249.
Tentative Schedule for the Summer Program
07:50 Bus Pick Up (We do not transport on Monday mornings. See you out at the Farm. To find directions click here.)
08:30 Good Morning Gab (Build communication and listening skills, play get-to-know you games to build group cohesiveness and discuss expectations of the day.)
09:00 With Rotating Small Groups:
- Hands On Horse Time (Children will learn skills in how to appropriately groom a horse, how to safely mount and dismount and lastly children will be taught the basics of how to ride a horse or improve on their existing skills. Children will gain a sense of accomplishment through working with horses.)
- Good Morning Games (Children will learn farm skills such as roping a stationary (model) cow or tossing horse shoes or playing on a tractor. This will encourage imagination and physical activity and foster cooperative play.)
- What about that Animal? (At this time, new and special information will be taught about each of the theme animals during each week.)
10:50 Morning Chores (While doing daily chores, nurturing, respect, health care and feeding needs of animals will be taught. Students will participate in cooperative learning activities as they do chores.)
11:45 Get To Know Your Garden (Children will gain skills in composting, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting a garden. Lifecycles and interconnectedness within nature will be introduced.)
12:00 Soup’s on Lunch Time (Students will be instructed in hygiene and manners as well as, how to recycle and compost the waste from their lunches. Students need to bring their own healthy lunch.)
12:30 Pick-A-Pet (Students will pick a favorite animal to spend quality time. They will learn to bond with and nurture an animal while learning to appreciate that animal and learn to appropriately handle it.)
01:00 Time for Project Particulars (With the help of OMF staff, students will work independently and collectively to develop and create a special project. Given instruction, students will brain-storm, research and design an inquiry-based learning project that they will present orally on Friday of the Summer Program. Friends and family are invited from 2:00 to 3:30.)
02:00 Cool Cooperative Games (Children will be taught techniques in cooperative learning, problem solving, and will develop group cohesion while they stretch their legs and have fun.)
02:30 Highs/Lows (Wrap up and evaluation of the day through group discussion. The focus will be on celebrating personal successes and (with guidance) giving and receiving compliments.)
02:50 Good Bye!
***The class ends at 2:50; supervision will not be available past that time unless we are transporting your child. We thank you.***
03:30 Bus Drop Off (Mon-Thu only. We do not transport children on Friday afternoons. Please have friends and family join us for the student’s presentations from 2:00-3:30 every Friday of the Summer Programs and the Jr. Vet. Program of that year.)
Are Scholarships Available?
We will try to offer scholarships to children in need if we can. Please call the office at 503/695-3316.
What Else is Going On?
- Day Visit Program (educational “field trips”) for small or large groups
- Special Programs (for individuals or groups with special needs)
- Stay over night on the farm for the Farmer For A Day Program
- Check out our Farm Store
- Birthday parties, weddings, family reunions or business retreats
- Horse Riding Lessons
- Pumpkin Pick Event
And more, please see this web site or give us a call.
Need Help with Transportation?
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT TRANSPORT STUDENTS ON MONDAY MORNINGS OR FRIDAY AFTERNOONS!
Carpooling with friends is welcomed and encouraged. Click Here for directions.
Do you need help with transportation for any of our week-long programs this summer? We have a bus to transport 20 students only. Transportation is on a ‘first come-first served’ basis.
All six Summer Program sessions and our Jr. Vet. Program of that year (the Jr. Vet. Program focus changes each year) run from 8:30-2:50 Mon.-Thur. The bus times are 7:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Join us out at the farm at 8:30 Monday mornings for the beginning of all of our week-long programs this summer! Click Here for directions. We do not transport students on Monday mornings.
On Fridays throughout the summer:
Students will share their oral presentations that they have prepared all week. All friends and family are invited. (Please, no pets allowed.) Please bring a potluck item to share; anything is fine.
For the six weeks of the Summer Programs and the Jr. Vet. Program of that year, presentations are from 2:00 sharp to 3:30.
The Bus for Old McDonald’s Farm, Inc. (OMF) parking is now at Concorde Career College, 1425 NE Irving St, Portland OR 97232. You can enter on NE 15th/Irving where it is paved. Head north under the building and then turn right. Head east to the back of the property away from all of those buildings. Look for our bus and the really, really, big, old Crimson tree. Concorde Career College has kindly offered this drop off/pick up space to us but please be respectful and do not linger there because we do not want to take up their student parking. They have asked us to drive slowly and watch out for the young people “racing in there” that are late for classes. Please drive super slowly and be careful as it is tight and there are many pedestrians. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE DOWN THE GRAVEL ROAD AT CONCORDE COLLEGE. There is no access for parents on the gravel road even though our OMF bus will drive on it. If parents drive on the gravel road, we may lose this parking privilege at Concorde. (The bus is too tall to fit under the buildings.)
Thank you to the kind folks at Concorde Career College for this!
What to bring?
Please send your child with these items below each and every day:
- A hardy and healthy, cold lunch
- Tight and well-fitting, work gloves (Look at Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, feed or garden stores, etc.)
- Bike or riding helmet that fits well and that you adjusted snugly in advance
- Slathering of sunscreen. (Please slather them prior to camp and send extra; we cannot apply it.)
- Wear long pants. Shorts or Capri pants are not allowed.
- Tied-on, sturdy shoes with socks (Open-toed, open-healed, “vented” or loosely-fitted shoes are not safe, “yucky” and not allowed.)
- The farm is always cooler in the mornings and cooler than in town. Your student will get cold, even on hot days, so please pack a sweatshirt for them.
- Please have their hair tied back. Girls and boys too must have their bangs tightly clipped back and the long part of their hair must be in pony tails or pinned back. (For safety with big, 1,000 pound horses for example, student’s hair must not flop in front of their eyes or be on their face ever.)
Thanks for your understanding with the importance of these daily and safety rules!
Who can attend?
For the Summer Program, students who are going into second grade through sixth grade in the fall. (If an older student is really interested, then let us know.)
For the Jr. Vet. Program (week-long program) of that year, students who are going into 4th grade through 12th grade in the fall.