Below are some photos from yesterday’s visitors–125 fifth graders from West Linn working on a long-term project to “design the house of the future.”

We divided into five stations: Rainwater, Food & Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, and Energy. The questions we asked were, “How will the design of your house impact the world around us? Can your house be restorative, can it actually improve all the other systems we rely on? How?”

Partners that helped with the stations were Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, Marion-Polk Food Share, and OSU Extension Service Sustainable Living Project. Evann Remington from Organic Fresh Fingers arrived at noon to provide organic snacks for the kids.

A special thanks to the volunteers from these organizations for taking the time to help, and to Organic Fresh Fingers for the healthy snacks.

We asked if we could display the concept designs and scale models that the kids create as soon as they are done – probably this summer. The level of sophistication of the curriculum and the kids’ understanding of sustainability was very impressive!