April Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Exploring Washington County's Hidden Parks

​Saturday, April 2, 2022

Course Number SS419J 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting new class, we will discover some of Washington County’s most important parks and natural sites. Along the way, we will learn to identify more than a dozen native bird species while exploring the Koll Center Wetlands Park, and we’ll visit Cooper Mountain Nature Park, where we will discover Northwest volcanic history. We will also walk a portion of the Rock Creek Trail to discover Bethany Lake and intriguing Pirate Park. In addition, we will learn to identify dozens of native plants, trees and art works on our walk through Orenco Woods Park. Most importantly, we will discuss ways to bring the study of nature, art, local history to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Exploring Forest Park & Historic Northwest Portland
Saturday, April 9, 2022 
Course Number SS410d or SS510d 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore hidden portions of 5,000 acre Forest Park, the largest city park in the nation. While hiking the Leif Ericson and Wildwood Trails, we’ll learn the natural and human history of the park, and we’ll discover a variety of fauna and flora. In addition to hiking, we’ll explore the historic St. John’s Community, the newly renovated St. John’s Bridge, and we’ll visit the site of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition, a world’s fair that changed Portland’s history. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Exploring West Linn and Lake Oswego

Sunday, April 10, 2022

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 30, 2022

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.
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