“The healthy social life is found, when in the mirror of each human soul the whole community finds it’s reflection, and when in community the virtue of each one is living.” - Rudolf Steiner

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to be involved with Mother Earth School! Volunteering and Donations are some of the great ways to contribute to our community.


It saves money in our budget to have a list of substitute teachers that are willing to volunteer their time to the school. This is a great way to spend time on the land with the children in order to witness the magic that happens here.

Fundraising & Grantwriting

We endeavor to keep our tuition low so that our school is accessible to all. This means that we need to bring in money from outside sources. We encourage anyone with grant writing and fundraising/event planning experience to contribute to our community by helping to raise money for our tuition assistance program so that finances don’t interfere with a child’s opportunity to enroll in our programs.

Auction Chair

In 2010 and 2011 we hosted inspiring auction fundraising events in downtown Portland. It is only possible to have a successful auction if there is someone willing to coordinate the event. This is a time consuming, but ultimately very rewarding endeavor that can bring in thousands of dollars for the school.

Cottage Industry

We run a Rainskirt business that donates its profits to Mother Earth School. We often need help with sewing, promotion, filling orders, website and bookkeeping.

Bringing Vision to Action

Our long-term vision involves networking, researching land acquisition, financial planning, community building, and permaculture design. If any of these areas are your strength and passion, please consider donating your time and talents.


We appreciate all willingness to help with bookkeeping, web maintenance, and general administrative duties.


Getting word out about our school is crucial. There are always opportunities to table at events, write articles for local publications, network online, distribute information, canvass, make phone calls, etc...

Carpentry skills

We often have repair work and custom woodworking requests for items such as drying racks, benches, shelving, etc…


Financial Contributions

We are a 501c-3 non-profit organization. All financial donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Learning Gardens Institute with “Mother Earth School” in the memo. The mailing address for financial documents and payments is PO Box 82124   Portland, OR 97282. THANK YOU!

Firewood Donations

Dry, split wood is a wonderful gift to an outdoor school! We cook over fire every school day and in the cold weather, we often light a fire in our cob sauna to create a warming hut for story time. On really cold dry spells, we keep a bonfire going for most of the day. Needless to say, we go through quite a bit of firewood and we can never have too much of it!

Food Donations

We cook organic grains daily for snack and sweeten/enhance them with coconut oil, raw honey, tamari, nutritional yeast, sesame seeds, hazelnuts or raisins. The grains we use are oats, quinoa and millet and we make bread with gluten-free flour mix. If you can source any of these foods, they will be eaten (and greatly appreciated)!

Land Donation

If you own land and would be interested in allowing use of it, or donating it to Mother Earth School in order to make other early childhood programs and/or our grades program possible, please contact us! (503) 893-9774 or info@motherearthschool.org


If you are currently pursuing teaching as a passion/career and would be interested in interning with Mother Earth School, we will be offering one intern position in the fall and one in the spring of each school year. In order to apply, please read lecture 1 of the book 'The Child's Changing Consciousness' (a compilation of lectures by Rudolf Steiner) and write a 2-3 page paper about how the traditional outdoor education model might shift in order to account for the perspective offered in the lectures. You may also include a short bio introducing your self. We will contact you for an interview if we feel that it could be a beneficial match for all involved.