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Alder Commons is a non-profit community center where kids and adults alike can attend workshops & classes, and spend their time freely. Our Members are coworkers, makers, and learners of all ages.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages community of self-directed learners. We aim to reduce barriers between youth and adults of diverse backgrounds by providing an accessible and inclusive space for them to share knowledge and resources.

  • Our philosophy and our blog will give you a sense of how we see ourselves at Alder Commons.
  • The articles linked form our press page will tell you about our project in the words of others.
  • Visit our team page to read about our staff, volunteers and meet our board.


Alder Commons is proud to be a member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education and the Agile Learning Centers network.


We’re located at 4212 NE Prescott St. in NE Portland, OR.

You can reach us by phone at (503) 893-9366 or email at [email protected].