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Continuing Education

Advanced Teacher Training in Youth & Child Permaculture Education

Date: 9:00am PDT June 24, 2013 - 5:00pm June 29, 2013 Location: Jean’s Urban Farm, Portland OR

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Jean’s Urban Farm, Portland OR

This course is designed for parents and teachers of children ranging in age from early childhood to middle school who desire to integrate permaculture principles into the classroom and beyond. Some of the time we will be working together as a large group, and other times we will hold break-out groups focused on early childhood, grade school, and middle school.

Many hands-on and experiential aspects will be integrated into the course, modeling and practicing these and related topics:

  • Application of Permaculture Principles to Teaching
  • Therapeutic Effects of Nature-Based Activities
  • Classroom Management
  • Strategic Community Building
  • Curriculum & Site Design
  • Creating Garden Classrooms
  • Forest & Garden-Based Learning
  • Education Through Movement & Exploration

Each day will include a morning circle, engaging lectures, activities and workshops. The last day of the course is a ‘Skill Share for Children’ during which we open our site to the public and each student will present an activity as a final project for the course. You will receive instructor and peer evaluations and will be issued a certificate by Learning Gardens Institute. You must have a Permaculture Design Certificate in order to receive the Advanced Teacher Training Certificate. All others will receive a certificate of completion.

About Permaculture

Permaculture is the conscious creation of a regenerative system that reflects the inherent balance, stability, and harmony of nature. Education should be the same. This course applies permaculture principles and design to popular and alternative educational models. It offers a wide range of learners and teachers an opportunity to explore new possibilities and practice new skills. It supports the shift towards regenerative learning and living, and the recognition that each are inextricably connected in the practice of life.

Course Details

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of permaculture design (72-hour permaculture certificate or 12-hour intro course). The pre-requisite course will be offered Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23, 2013. Click here for more information.

Dates: Monday-Saturday, June 24-29, 2013
A course orientation evening and opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 6-8 p.m. 

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Instructors: Patty Parks-Wasserman; Matthew Bibeau, M.S.Ed; Kelly Hogan


Course fee: $480, payable to Mother Earth School. Click here for deposit and payment details

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 2 semester hours, $200, this additional fee is payable to Lewis & Clark

Register now for continuing education credit (PDF)

About the Instructors

Patty Parks-Wasserman is a permaculture diplomat, founder and director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children ( She has designed permaculture programs for schools and taught permaculture and nature skills to children and youth for 10 years in public, private, homeschooling and non-formal educational environments for toddlers through 12th grade. 

Matthew Bibeau, M.S.Ed, is the Development Director of Mother Earth School and has worked in the field of garden-based education since 2005. A graduate of Portland State University’s Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning program, Matt’s work has also focused on the development and implementation of school gardens and garden-based learning programs in Portland Public Schools, as well as the development of three urban farm sites, Jean’s Farm, Learning Gardens Laboratory and Tryon Life Community Farm. 

Kelly Hogan has focused her life’s work on caregiving in various forms. During her college years studying psychology, she earned her living by caring for adults with severe mental and physical disabilities. She remained in this field for the next 12 years before shifting her focus to the fresh perspective of working with children. She received her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Micha-el Institute in Portland, OR and has been teaching since 2005 and is currently Executive Director of Mother Earth School.

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