Support Groups
OCEANetwork exists to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by supporting, encouraging, protecting and advancing private Christian home education in Oregon. We are home educating families who volunteer our time to support homeschool families all over Oregon and SW Washington with workshops, conferences and written encouragement. One of our goals is to protect the rights of families to home educate without government interference. We do this by monitoring legislative and congressional actions that may jeopardize those rights. We have been "serving the needs and protecting the rights of Oregon homeschoolers since 1986."
Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.
National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA)
The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) believes that formal speech and debate can provide a means for home schooled students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a biblical world view in a manner that glorifies God. To provide these opportunities to home schooled students, NCFCA shall facilitate qualifying tournaments throughout the country and the annual National Championship.
Clark County Home Educators
CCHE's mission is to assist parents in making an informed choice about homeschooling, facilitate community awareness of homeschooling, and to offer annual events, support, and resources to all who are homeschooling.

CCHE desires to glorify God in all that we do, promoting freedom for all homeschoolers and for Christ-centered family values.

CCHE membership is open to all interested persons in sympathy with the purpose of CCHE. This includes parents, grandparents, teachers, et cetera and is not limited to those with school age children. As an organization, CCHE is consistently and forthrightly Christian in all of its activities and publications. However, members are not required to agree with our Statement of Faith.

CCHE has a board of directors who are volunteer homeschooling parents and a membership of families throughout Clark County.

In the summer of 1988, a group of seven homeschool mothers met because they felt a common need to build a support network for homeschooling families. Homeschooling was just beginning to take root. Through many hours of effort and community contact, Clark County Home Educators was formed.

As of summer, 2013, CCHE is 25 years old.
Field Trips
Wildlife Botanical Gardens
The Wildlife Botanical Gardens are a cohesive blend of ten separate, but neighboring, specialty gardens. Spread over three acres and open to the public, the Gardens are devoted to demonstrating gardening concepts which attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to residential gardens of all styles.

The gardens are open daily, year-round dawn to dusk, for self-guided tours. There is no admission fee.

11000 NE 149th St
Brush Prairie, WA

For more information, email or call 360-737-1160.
Fantastic Field Trips Sponsored by Creation Encounters Tours
Creation Encounter was founded by John Hergenrather and Dennis Bokovoy in 2008 to help Design Science Association expand their field trip program. Both Dennis and John are part of a creation research team which has led to co-authoring Road Guides from a Creationist Perspective to the National Parks and Monuments. Both of them are popular creation science speakers and have lead creation tours and field trips with Design Science Association for 15 years.
Oregon Aquarium: Milwaukie
Homeschool World
The official site of Practical Homeschooling magazine and The Big Book of Home Learning. Over 13,900,000 hits yearly, and climbing.
Eclectic Homeschool Online
A complete homeschool magazine online for creative homeschoolers. Feature articles, resources, product reviews, topical weblink index, bookstore, academic departments, homeschool advice, support & legal information by state.
Exodus Books
The Mahar family started Exodus in March of 1994. Starting with about two bookcases full of their own books, and a few others of things on consignment from friends, they opened up a very small shop in Oregon City (about 700sf). With patience and a lot of hard work, they were able to develop their inventory until they outgrew that space and moved Exodus across the parking lot to a larger location. During that time, they also switched from consigning used books to purchasing outright, an approach we still take. It was through their efforts that Exodus became established.

Many of our customers have encouraged us immensely by returning again and again, and by telling their friends about us. We have continued to grow every year due to their word of mouth recommendations. Exodus has grown so much, in fact, that we have had to move to a new, larger location in Milwaukie. (We now have about 4,000 square feet of floor space and our 22,000 titles fill over 150 bookcases!)
Basic Skills Assessment & Educational Services
If you are currently homeschooling or are considering this for your children, Basic Skills is here to help you. We are committed to working with the homeschool community to assure success in your homeschooling career. With our professional support and encouragement, we hope to give you the assurance of a job well done.
The CHOC Board
The CHOC Board is an interactive online homeschool resource center for Christian homeschooling families and alumni in the West side and general Portland, Oregon areas. The CHOC Board provides information about local resources, classes, programs, activities, helps, advice, and businesses and organizations that support homeschoolers. Summer events have recently been updated onto the NEW event calendar. Please check it out at You can see a whole month at a time, or week at a time, or day at a time, AND enter something for search, AND filter for categories.
Elm Tutoring
Affordable tutoring services for homeschoolers! We have noticed the disturbing trend of homeschool students returning to the public school environment during junior high and high school, mainly because of daunting math and science subjects. It is our mission to help parents keep their students in a safe, wholesome environment while still providing a high quality education for their children. We tutor small groups of homeschool students twice a week through Skype and Scribblar in the subjects of math, chemistry, and physics. We only charge $15 a week for this service! Our tutors are highly qualified (each holds a degree in either chemistry, physics, or education), and we have been tutoring and teaching since 2001. We consist of four tutors who are devoted to the idea that our children thrive in an environment that is free of the negative influences and the peer pressure that is found in a public school setting. You can read more about us and about the tutoring program at .