Learning the art of cheese making

We are excited to fill the Chuckanut Center with classes and programming that fit our mission, “We Grow Food, Skills and a Resilient Community.” We welcome a variety of class structures (series, long workshops, short 1 time classes, etc.) and topics. You should know a bit about us first, make sure the class you want to teach falls under our mission and will benefit the community. Our goal is to share skills related to becoming a more self sufficient individual and community, working toward taking care of ourselves and others in times of crisis and plenty. Think urban homesteading meets community builder.

Note to Instructors: We are not currently accepting new instructors at the center. This is due to a nearly full calendar and limited volunteer board capacity to help run the programs. Please check back at the end of Summer 2023 for Fall opportunities and to inquire about availability!

Some examples of classes that would be a good fit (but by not means an exhaustive list) are:

– Garden to Kitchen, Cooking for Children & Adults
– Urban Homesteading Skills
– Keeping tools and implements in good shape
– Keeping/Using Animals in Gardens and at Home
– Gardening Skills
– Food Resilience/Security
– Arts/Music/Writing/Self-improvement
– Clubs/Groups/Community meet ups around specific interests (but must be open to the public)

Please note that it is required that all classes and activities at the Center are open to the public for attendance. Preregistration is fine, but it must be advertised to the public (please contact us for more information.)
Good fit? Great, here’s what to do next.

Check the calendar: Please head to our online calendar and see what days are already booked for classes. Then decide what day of the week works for your class. We’re happy to discuss this with you if you’re unsure. You can always contact us at chuckanutcenter@gmail.com.

Next, submit an email to chuckanutcenter@gmail.com
Your email should include your name, your class theme, a little about your teaching experience, a phone number to reach you at, and how your program aligns with our mission.

*Please Note: We are a small, nonprofit board of all volunteers. It may take us a few weeks to get back to you to help get your program set up. We are also booking at least 3 months out for availability, so plan accordingly and give yourself a good deal of lead time to set up your class. This will also ensure that you have plenty of time for outreach!

Determine your class fees: Class fee structure is up to you. Note that we have a small fee for the use of the house. This helps us keep the lights on! This time should include set up and clean up time. The outside area is free to use and holds a lot more people, so consider an outside class in the beautiful summer time. Folks will register through our website unless other arrangements are made, and we’ll collect the funds for the class, then send a check minus the rental fee to you. If you have your own registration site, we’re happy to use that instead.

Market your class: We can help spread the word through our FB, newsletter, and online calendar. We encourage you to promote your event through other community calendars and print media if appropriate. Spread the word, share online event listings and encourage your circle of folks to attend. We find that classes fill up best when the instructor does a lot of outreach and communications to build up their own network and community presence as an instructor.

Facility information: The Chuckanut Center house can hold 15-16 people comfortably in chairs. The fenced in field and orchard holds 100+ participants. The smaller field with picnic tables holds 50. The covered outdoor gazebo holds 5-7. We have tables and chairs for inside use, and a few chairs for outside use. We have a full kitchen with lots of move around space and all kitchen necessities, a fridge, oven/stove top, pots and pans, etc. In addition, our house is fully accessible.