AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISING
June 4th from 7 - 8 p.m. on Zoom
As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, we invite you to join us in honoring our student and parent changemakers. Despite being unable to physically access schools this year, they have found new ways to lead their school communities toward a healthier future. This year, proceeds will be used to train a new cohort of parent leaders, develop an online leadership course, and launch a new round of student-led outdoor classroom projects. Join our staff and board to celebrate their successes and fuel their projects for another year!
– Guest speaker Suzanne Simard, renowned Canadian ecologist and author –
– Executive Director update –
– A parent leader’s personal story-
– Student voices of resolve and resilience –
Suzanne Simard, one of the world’s leading forest ecologists, is changing the way people view trees. Simard discovered that trees in a forest do not exist as solitary individuals but interact in a network underground. The New York Times Magazine featured her research in “The Social Life of Forests,” and her new book, Finding the Mother Tree, will be released in May. Her personal story can help us understand our connections with one another and the living world. Simard, whose TED talks have been viewed by more than ten million people, is a graduate of Oregon State University and now teaches at the University of British Columbia.
Dreaming of making memories with family and friends? Choose your favorite package(s) from the ones described below, then claim as many tickets as you like! Tickets are $20 each. Attendance at the event is not required to enter the raffle. To purchase the raffle tickets, click the button below. (Raffle tickets are not tax deductible, under Oregon law).
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The Nines Hotel Grownup Staycation
Need to get away from the kids? Enjoy a one-night stay in a deluxe room at the luxurious Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, one of the most eco-conscious hotels in the Pacific Northwest. Sleep easy knowing that the hotel is LEED Silver certified, with 100% of its energy coming from renewable resources including wind power and carbon offsets, among other notable earth-friendly amenities. Parking is included. Hotel reservation subject to availability ($300 value). On your first night, walk a few blocks to the Abbey Creek Winery’s “Crick” for a wine tasting for two ($40 value). Round out your stay with Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails at the newly expanded Nicholas Restaurant ($50), minutes from downtown. As a daytime excursion, set off on a scenic drive less than 30 minutes southwest to Montinore Estate — Oregon’s largest Biodynamic vineyard — to sip a flight of their award-winning wine on their outdoor patio with four complimentary wine tastings (invite some friends!) and 30% off same-day purchases. ($450 value for package)
Cannon Beach & Seaside Pandemic Relief Package
The curative powers of sand and sea await you with a two-night stay in a cozy Cannon Beach home that sleeps six and is one block from the beach at Tolovana — the quiet end of Cannon Beach. By arrangement with the owner. (Sorry, no four-leggeds). More good medicine awaits a few miles north in Seaside with fun-filled activities designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Seaside Promenade. Package includes Seaside Brewery ($75), Seaside Aquarium family pass ($31), a one-hour surrey bike rental from Wheel Fun Rentals, and more goodies.
Rejuvenating Southern Oregon Coast Weekend
If you’re looking to recharge, Oregon’s southern coast is waiting for you. Head three hours south of Portland to the rugged, pristine, and less-crowded part of the Oregon coast for a two-night stay in a deluxe room overlooking the water at the Mill Casino in Coos Bay. Package includes dinner and drinks (and often live music) nearby at 7 Devils Brewery ($50), plus coffee drinks and snacks at Bayside Coffee ($20) downtown. Package also includes two passes to the beautiful Coos History Museum and two Oregon’s Adventure Coast T-shirts or hats as a memento of your coastal getaway. Hotel reservation subject to availability and may exclude weekends and holidays. ($550 value for package)
Wine Lover’s Package
Experience award-winning wines from Stoller Vineyards, the first LEED Gold Certified winery in the world! You’ll be on your way to an educated palate with this fabulous package: wine-tasting and picnic for four in the beautiful Dundee Hills; plus a six-month membership to 7 Bridges Winery, including shipment of six bottles of wine to your home, 20% discounts on additional purchases, invitations to club-only events, and complimentary tasting-room visits. While you’re there, raise a toast to Eco-School Network!
Mountain Daycation on Still Creek at Rhododendron
A full day of indoor and outdoor activities at a beautiful cabin situated near the slopes of Mt. Hood will be planned just for your family by 16-year-old Charlie. Finish the trip with a delicious meal prepared by 13-year-old Maggie, an accomplished young cook, and top it all off with a fireside-roasting of s’mores, if conditions allow. Drive home with the smell of fir trees and sound of running water lingering. By arrangement with owner.
“Rock Out” Family Adventure Package
Head to Hillsboro with a year-long family membership to the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals, home to more than 200,000 specimens including giant crystals, sparkly gems, colorful agates, and rare fossils and moonstones. Membership (worth $75) includes unlimited visits for a year and invitations to exclusive events. Keep rocking on at the nearby Rock Creek Tavern for lunch or dinner ($50).
Paddle and Pedal
First, head over to Southwest Bicycle to soup up your bike (or even help get a new one) ($100). Get your heart rate up with a bike ride on your favorite trail. Next, grab your new Tualatin River nature guidebook and pull on a new pair of KEEN shoes of your choice ($150 value), and head to the river! No paddle? No problem. Get set up in a rental canoe, kayak, or paddle board at Cook Park River Rentals and enjoy a leisurely four-hour paddle. You’ll be supporting river conservation while you’re at it, with a one-year membership to Tualatin Riverkeepers ($75 value). Plan to float on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Day of Water Play on Lake Oswego
Invite six members of your family or your closest friends and join board member Mary Lynn O’Brien for a day of fun on the water! Stand-up paddle boards, kayaking, swimming, and a lake cruise are in store! Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, and sense of adventure. Mary Lynn will also provide an inviting lunch and beverages for your group. Select a mutually agreeable date in July, August, or September.
Pies for a year – Auction item during event!
Any way you slice it, this prize will leave you pie-eyed! Each month you will receive a mouth-watering, homemade pie, baked by Jeanne Roy or other parent leaders and delivered to your Portland metro-area door. What flavors will they be? Apple, blueberry, coconut cream, lemon meringue, rhubarb, blackberry, strawberry, pumpkin and walnut. My oh my, pie heaven!
Eco-School Network Recipe Book – $20
If you’ve been spending more time in the kitchen these days, this beautiful compilation of over 70 beloved recipes from ESN families may bring just the inspiration you need. Whether you like to follow recipes or not, this one-of-a-kind collection brings together the stories and voices of our parent and student leaders (with original photography and artwork, too), showcasing their favorite go-to comfort meals during the pandemic. Look for plant-based dishes, Instant Pot favorites, Jeanne’s famous carrot cake and more. PDF versions of the book available for purchase, too.