I received an announcement for the next Muddy Boots Family Nature Club outing, which Patrick and I can’t go to, but I encourage you to take your child (RSVP to email near end of the message):
Hello Muddy Boots Friends and Families!
It is time to mark your calendars for the July Muddy Boots outing! Angela and I are very pleased to announce that we will be teaming up for a morning of learning about animals, farming and gardening at Zenger Farm! Please come prepared for all weather (hopefully sun at this point but we can always get rain or clouds), and note we will be doing a service project as part of this outing, so we’ll likely be getting our hands (and boots!) dirty. Zenger Farm asks that each family pay a $3 fee per child for the outing, accepted in cash or check. Below is an agenda for the outing with some additional information- please read through carefully:
Saturday, July 23rd from 10am to 12:30pm.
11741 Southeast Foster Road
Portland, OR 97266-4014
9:50-10:00 Arrive and gather at Zenger Farm
10:00-11:00 Farm Tour
11:00-11:30 Lunch (please bring your own sack lunch and plenty of water)
11:30-12:30 Service Project (digging, planting, moving materials- whatever Zenger Farm needs us to do most. They are aware of our age group and will plan this project accordingly.)
OPB will be joining us for this event to film the last segment for their program on the Muddy Boots Family Nature Club that will air on Oregon Field Guide some time in late Fall. We will have photo release waivers for families to sign at the outing, should you wish to appear on camera.
We want to remind families that there is a limited number of spaces for this outing. If you and your family plan to attend, please RSVP at your earliest convenience so we can reserve a space for you.
Other important information from Zenger Farm is as follows:
WHAT TO WEAR and BRING:
Participants should be prepared to be outside the entire field trip. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed-toe shoes. Be prepared for any weather rain or shine; bring layers and rain jackets, or sunscreen and sun hats. If you are here for a long day please bring water bottles, snacks and lunch if needed. If you are here to do service work bring your own gloves if you have them (we have some as well). Allergy medication for seasonal allergies – see below. If you are bringing lunches and snack be prepared to pack out your garbage.
Zenger keeps bees on the farm. Please have those who are allergic to bees bring any necessary medication, and notify the Muddy Boots Coordinators, who will then notify the Zenger Farm staff.There can be a lot of grass and other types of pollen, please take any necessary seasonal allergy medication before coming to the farm or bring it with you. Muddy Boots nor Zenger Farm can provide allergy medication.
DIRECTIONS TO ZENGER FARM:
11741 SE Foster Road, Portland OR 97266
From I-205 take the Foster Rd. Exit and head East. Go through the traffic light at SE 110/111th Ave. You will pass a large warehouse complex on left “Foster 205 Commerce Center.” Zenger farm is the next property on the left. Look for a red farmhouse with solar panels and a “Zenger Farm” sign hanging over the driveway. If you reach the traffic light at SE 122nd Ave. you have gone too far.
Line 10 and Line 71 both stop a block away from the farm on Foster at 116th. Line 14 and the MAX Green Line will get you as far as Foster and 94th. From there you can catch the 10 eastbound at 94th and Foster or the 71 eastbound at 96th and Foster. Use Trimet Trip Planner to find the quickest route from your location.
Follow either Foster Rd. (a busy four-lane highway with bike lanes) or the Springwater Corridor Trail toward the farm. If biking on the Springwater Trail heading east, you will want to continue along Foster Rd. from crossing near SE 110th Ave. (just east of I-205 underpass). If you do not want to ride on Foster Rd follow the Springwater Corridor to SE 122nd St. From there, proceed south on 122nd, turn right on Foster and turn right into the farm (you will see our sign next to the entrance and the solar-paneled farmhouse). The Springwater route is a nice option for cyclists — all right turns. You can also take the MAX Greenline to Foster Road and ride your bike east on Foster to the farm. For a less busy route, get off at the Harold and 92nd stop and ride east on Harold to 122nd. Turn right on 122nd, right on Foster and right into the farm.
If you have any further questions, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you and your family can join us!
Jess and Angela
Muddy Boots Coordinators
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” -Rachel Carson