Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at FAIS? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities document and express your interest by completing the Volunteer Interest Form, or scroll down to see current volunteer opportunities. Questions? Contact Sara Hernando at or 503-292-7776 x1330.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

In the new forest Nature Play Space, the entrance path is being created using 160 log rounds decorated by students. Thank you Lower School teachers for the log round designs!! To maintain the designs over time, the designs will be carved into the logs. About half are carved.The designs are carved using an electric rotary tool that is easy to master.  Staff help is needed to complete the carving by the end of September. 

Carving Parties on the covered stage behind satellite 4. Gloves and tools provided.

  • Tuesday Sept 17 2:45-3:30 
  • Wednesday Sept 18 4:00-5:00
  • Monday Sept 23 2:45-4:45
  • Friday Sept 27 8:00-9:30 
  • Log Fairy? Carve during your free time! Easy. Talk to Beth

AND Help finish the progress made on the FAIS Forest Nature Play Space.

  • Work Party: Saturday, September 28, 9-12

Bring your family and friends. Park in between Satellites 3 and 4; we will meet at the trail entrance. Tools provided. Arrive in proper attire for working in the forest, see Nature Safety Guidelines at FAIS. Contact with any questions.

Eighth grade design teacher, Beth Clifton, is looking for a few adults to act as mentors to support the planning and design of the 6th Annual TEAM Day – Together Everyone Achieves More scheduled for November 1st. Motivated adult volunteers are needed to work directly with 8th grade design student teams in coordinating and organizing the event. We will need you on Wednesday afternoons (1:30-3:30) to meet with the students and teacher, Beth Clifton on the following dates: Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct 16, Oct 30 and on the event date of November 1 from 8:30 -12:30. Collaboration with student teams and mentors is essential to the success of the event. Interested parents please contact for further details.

Are you the one to guide eco-minded Gilkey students to follow their passions? Become a co-mentor of Gilkey’s Green Team. You will work with a staff member and fellow parent to guide a group of middle school students who meet weekly on Fridays from 12:30-1:00 pm throughout the school year. As a certified Eco School USA school, FAIS uses sustainability initiatives and material from the National Wildlife Federation and students’ passions to guide green actions and activities.  Contact Beth Clifton,, for more info.

Do you need a volunteer opportunity that provides flexibility and fits with your busy schedule? Do you want to make a difference in the future environmental impact of the forest for FAIS and beyond its boundaries? Would you like to help over the summer to prepare outdoor spaces for the start of school. The forest needs you!! Become a "forest fairy" and adopt-a-space. You may work at any time of year. You may recruit your family and friends or just work solo. You could even support the nature initiative that your child's teacher has adopted. Contact forest manager and science teacher, Beth Clifton, to hear about adopt-a-space options, set up a forest tour, develop an action plan, and create a self-directed volunteer schedule.

Some companies (like Nike and Intel) offer a donation to the School for each hour volunteered by one of their employees. Check with your company to see if this applies to you and how to submit your hours!