Wild Cascara Naturalist School

In collaboration with participating families, and in partnership with Cascara Forest Farms (centered on Clackamas land), I am beginning to sow seeds of a new type of education better suited to this changing era. As we begin the transformation process of a new society, it is my delight to be a frontrunner for our children and their education. 

The Wild Cascara Naturalist Program is an Earth Centered, Land Based education.  My goal is to teach the inherent values of Reciprocity and Stewardship to our children by attending to the Socially Just Needs of our current climate. This program will teach our children the natural rhythms  and cycles inherent in our Earth, within us, and the intertwined beauty of the two.  

Currently the needs for funding are as follows: 

* Building our physical structure: The building will be a fully enclosed A-Frame cabin. We need funds to purchase windows, doors, foundation, etc. Materials are estimated at around $2,500. The majority of the labor is donated time, but I would like to support and financially compensate my community as much as possible.

* Wood fire stove: $300-500 estimate

* Scholarships for Families: Tuition is a sliding scale fee of $1,100 to $2,200 per term. Scholarships will greatly support the community, with the goal of providing a wider access to this program. BIPOC scholarships are currently available.  

The projected vision goals I have for this school:

Purchasing a van for ride shares and field trips
Expanding the program to multiple days a week, for multiple groups
Paying for guest teachers who will add to the variety of skills to be taught 
Creating an Interpretive center at the farm to teach and educate the community about the spirit of the land
Multiple locations/facilites 

Please reach out and contact me if you have any thoughts, questions or inquires. This is a grass roots school that is building itself from the ground up and can use any and all support that is available.  As education is a heart-felt passion of mine I enjoy sharing this vision with those who are willing to listen.  If you would like to get to know more about me, who I am, and what my educational background looks like, please email to set up a phone call. 

All my best,
Juniper Birch
[email redacted]
IG: juniper.birch
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Portland, OR

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