August Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Additional classes may be added in August. Please check with Peter regarding additional August classes.


OMSI & More
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Course Number SS411b or SS511b 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover dozens of science, history, art and architectural lesson ideas, as we tour two impressive museums on Portland’s east side. We’ll visit OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, and we will tour the outside exhibits adjacent to OMSI and discuss the natural and human history of the Willamette River. Along the way, we’ll discover lots of ideas for bringing the study of science, history and math to the classroom.


Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
Monday, August 2, 2021
Course Number SS415Q/SS515Q 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover the variety of educational opportunities available at the Oregon Zoo. We will visit diverse habitats, where we see more than 100 animal species from five different continents. Our extensive stay at Zoo will provide participants with information and ideas that can be implemented with students across the curriculum. In addition, our visit to the World Forestry Center will provide us with information about local, national and international forests, and how we can implement environmental education with our students.


Exploring Forest Park & Historic Northwest Portland
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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 Portland's Interstate MAX Line: Culture, Art, History, & Science.
Wednesday-Thursday, August 4-5, 2021
Course Number HI 405R or HI 505R  2 credits  $250
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover a blend of art, architecture, history, science, and cultural diversity, as we ride Portland's new Interstate MAX line from the Rose Quarter to the Expo Center. Along the way, we'll see new artworks at every station, and we'll learn the history behind each neighborhood we visit. We'll look at the contributions African Americans, Native Americans, Polish Americans, and Japanese Americans have made to Portland with visits to Kenton, Vanport and other historic neighborhoods adjacent to the MAX Line, and other locations. We'll also explore local parks, historic homes, and the Emanuel Hospital's Children's Garden. The course is applicable to all teachers of grades K-12.


Hidden Hillsboro
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Course Number SS410V or SS 510V 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 diversified class, we will explore Downtown Hillsboro, Jackson Bottom wetlands and the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove in the morning. Later in the day, we will tour the campus of Pacific University, before concluding at the Rice Rock Museum in Hillsboro. This class will focus on local history, art, and the natural world. Dozens of ideas will be discussed for bringing information to students, through classroom lessons and field trips.


​​Biking the Columbia Gorge State Historic Trail
Monday, August 9, 2021
Course Number SS413a or SS513a 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting course, you’ll have the option of bicycling, or accessing the trail by car and foot, to explore all of the newly opened sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Along the way, we’ll learn the history of the old  highway, and we’ll discuss the geology, geography, waterfalls and flora of the area. Our morning explorations will take us from Cascade Locks to Tooth Rock, and from Wyeth to Starvation Creek. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way from Hood River to Mosier, passing through the Mosier Tunnels. TOTAL BICYCLING: Approximately 20 miles.


Barlow Road and Clackamas County
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Course Number HI408j or HI508j 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

This class is not available to those who have already completed Mt. Hood's Western Slopes

In this fun and informative course, we will examine the historic Barlow Road within Clackamas County, discovering pioneer history at a variety of locations.  Our journey will take us from historic Downtown Sandy to the Philip Foster Farm, where we can experience living history. Later, visits to the Sandy Historical Museum, the Barlow Road Toll Gate and Laurel Hill will teach us more about the journey of the pioneers in this region. We will also discuss local trees, plants and animals. Our field study and discussion can be adapted to science and history curriculum for all K-12 classes. As a result of this course, you will be prepared to teach about the pioneer history of the area, the natural vegetation, and the Oregon Trail.
NOTE:  We will walk about 3-5 miles during the day, so it will be important to arrive in relatively good physical shape. Our pace will be leisurely, and will focus on exploration, discovery and discussion. The materials packet should not exceed $10.


Exploring Southwest Portland and Dunthorpe
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Course Number SS410f or SS510f 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore natural woodlands, manicured gardens and beautiful estates, where science, architecture and history intersect. We’ll begin with a visit to Tryon Creek State Park, at 640 acres, the largest state park in an Oregon metropolitan area. Here, we’ll discover the accessible Trillium Trail, where dozens of plant species can be found. Later, visits to Lewis & Clark College, Foothills Park in Lake Oswego, and the Bishop’s Close will provide us with a look at beautiful estates and exquisite gardens. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss ways to incorporate this information into history, science, math and language arts activities in grades K-12.


Exploring North Clark County's Natural Areas: Human and Natural History
Friday, August 13, 2021
Course Number TBA 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrances fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting new class, we’ll discover some of North Clark County’s most important natural and historical sites. Along the way, we will learn to identify a variety of native bird species while exploring the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a wild and beautiful site located not far from the Columbia River. We will also discover native trees, plants and waterfalls on visits to Lewisville Park and the Lucia and Moulton Falls Trails. In addition, we’ll learn about the unique geology of this region of the northwest when visiting Battle Ground Lake, a caldera existing from volcanic activity. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of nature and 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 Portland's Orange Line MAX: Art, Architecture, History & Transportation
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Course Number: SS417Q/SS517Q 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‘ll explore the entire 7.3 mile length of the new Orange Light Rail MAX line, as it extends from the city of Milwaukie to Portland State University in SW Portland.. Along the way, we’ll discover local neighborhoods from Milwaukie to PSU, where we will examine the area’s amazing new artwork, natural areas along the Willamette River, a diversity of architecture and a wealth of local history. In addition, we will explore the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge, the first bridge in the nation designed specifically for public transportation vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of art, nature, local history, culture, transportation and recreation to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and on field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math, writing and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Willamette River Greenspace
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Course Number SS417V/SS517V 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 informative new class, we’ll discover both the natural and human history of the Willamette River Green Space, as we explore both sides of Portland’s waterfront. Our journey will take us to the site of “The Clearing,” where Native Americans flourished and early pioneers settled. We’ll explore Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where history, memorials, public art and recreational activities abound, and we’ll visit the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and North America’s longest floating walkway. Included will be a discussion of Portland’s bridges, urban wildlife, and transportation options. As you explore the green space, you’ll develop lesson ideas for integrating Portland’s geography, history, bridges and art throughout the curriculum.


Biking the Burnt Bridge Greenway
Monday, August 16, 2021
Course Number SC414f or SC514f 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore the beauty of Vancouver's parks and green spaces on this leisurely, 16 mile round trip bike ride that traverses urban park lands, forests, and neighborhoods. Along the way, you'll learn more about trees and plants, local history, and wetlands.


Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Course Number ED413U or ED 513U 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Experience four diversified transportation options as we make a four mile loop from Washington Park to the Willamette River, through Downtown and back. Along the way, we'll learn local history, encounter dozens of trees and plants, and develop lots of ideas for the classroom and field trips. During the morning, you'll have an opportunity to ride the Aerial Tram, the Portland Streetcar and MAX. We'll begin with a 2.0 mile hike from the Hoyt Arboretum to Council Crest Park, Portland's highest point. Next, we'll make our way to Oregon Health & Science University, where we can ride the tram to the waterfront. From there, the Portland Streetcar will take us to Downtown Portland.


Wildwood Trail and Pittock Mansion
Friday, August 20, 2021
Course Number SS416W/SS516W 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 diversified class, we will explore more than five miles of the Wildwood Trail, discovering dozens of native and introduced tree species. We will also learn the human history of the area, with visits to the Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion, NW Portland and the Pearl District. Travel via MAX, bus and Portland Streetcar during the class will help participants become more familiar with transportation options. Participants will leave the course with lots of teaching ideas that can enhance science, social studies, writing, math and art lessons.


Exploring Tigard and Tualatin
Saturday, August 21, 2021
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 exciting new class, we’ll follow the Tualatin Artwalk and Tualatin River Greenway on foot to access Tigard and Tualatin’s best natural and cultural resources. Along the way, we’ll discover native and introduced trees and plants, and dozens of public and private artworks. We’ll also discuss the geology of the area and its importance in shaping the geography and the economy of the region. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of art, nature, local history and culture 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.


Clackamas Green Line MAX
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Course Number SS413S or SS513S 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore the entire six mile length of the new Clackamas Light rail MAX line, noting several new landmark art works. We’ll also explore local neighborhoods and diversified parks adjacent to the line, where we’ll discover unique history, recreation opportunities, and gorgeous trees. In addition, we’ll ride MAX along the new green line Downtown, where we’ll discover more than a dozen new art works, and we’ll learn how to access MAX trains that make field trips easy and economical. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of art, nature, local history, culture, transportation and recreation to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and on field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.