April Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Exploring West Linn and Lake Oswego
Saturday, April 6, 2024
Course Number SS412u or SS512u 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover the best natural and historic sites in West Linn and Lake Oswego. Along the way, we’ll learn about Lake Oswego’s history as an iron producing town once known as the “Pittsburgh of the West.” A visit to the new Lake Oswego will reveal dozens of art pieces as we explore the “Gallery Without Walls.” We’ll also discover hidden parks along the Willamette River, where we’ll learn about native trees and plants, and recreational opportunities.


Eastern Columbia River Gorge & Catherine Creek

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Course Number TBA 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this fun and interactive class, we will explore both the natural and human history of this often missed section of the Columbia River Gorge. On hikes through two sections of the Eastern Columbia River Gorge, we will learn about the area’s unique geology, leading to diversified plant life, including magnificent wildflowers. We will also explore the human history of the area, walking and driving on restored sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway. We will discuss the efforts of three generations of road builders and innovative engineers. We will learn about the original road construction in 1915, the arrival of the freeway in 1962, and recent improvements to the old sections of the highway. The highlights will be visits to the Memaloose Hills, historic Rowena Crest and Catherine Creek.


Western Columbia Gorge and Troutdale
Sunday, April 28, 2024
Course Number SS413R or SS513R 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Trace the natural and human history of the western section of the Columbia River Gorge (on the Oregon side) with visits to natural and historic sites from Fairview to Bridal Veil. Our study will take us to scenic viewpoints, gorgeous waterfalls, and historic sites along the Sandy River and historic Columbia River Highway. We'll discover dozens of tree and plant species, the geology of the area, and public art works along the way. Ideas will be discussed for bringing the study of the Columbia Gorge and Troutdale to your classroom, in a variety of curriculum areas.
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