Education Programs

Please click on individual pages for full information about each program.


Holistic Sustainability Semester

This 3-month program features 3 days per week in classes learning about five sides of sustainability – personal, social, ecological, economic, and worldview.  The Semester is for adults of all ages, and is an immersion experience in the residential community, with extensive opportunity to implement what is learned on class days.  Completing the course earns a student both a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and aEcovillage Design Education (EDE) certificate.

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Three-Month Permaculture Design Course

Commuters from the surrounding area have the option of taking a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course at Lost Valley, with one class session per week for 12 weeks.  This is part of the Holistic Sustainability Semester and a stand-alone course for LVites and neighbors.  This PDC course follows the established international standard of 72 hours of contact time with qualified instructors, including a group design project that brings together everything the students have learned.  The course runs three times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall.

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Outdoor School

Now that Oregon has funded all 5th- or 6th-graders to attend Outdoor School, there is need for more host sites and curriculum providers.  Lost Valley is both!  We can host Outdoor School for up to a week, providing trained naturalists and all accommodations and meals.  This is a convenient package deal for schools.  With 87 acres of ecosystems in a location that’s easy to get to from the whole Willamette Valley, Lost Valley is well suited for Outdoor School.

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EarthQuest Youth Program

We also offer our self-created EarthQuest program.  It’s a year-round, unique educational experience for school groups from 5th grade through high school.  Students are taught the conceptual and practical, through indoor lessons and outdoor hands-on activities, by resident Lost Valley instructors.  There are a number of fully-developed curricula for school administrators to choose from, with focuses on personal, social, or environmental sustainability (or all three).

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Sustainable Living Fairs

Our offering of Wednesday evening classes is condensing into a quarterly day-long event.  The next one is Saturday, April 21, 2018.  There will be 6 workshops of two hours each to choose from, with resident staff and offsite allies sharing their expertise in a wide range of topics across personal, social, and ecological sustainability.  Some classes are outdoor or kid friendly.  Lunch is part of the day, and there is also child care, our Solar Roller trailer, tabling, and light entertainment.  Come for part or all of the day.  Click below for more information.

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