August Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Wildwood Trail and Pittock Mansion
Thursday, August 2, 2018
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.


The Foothills of Mt. Hood
Friday, August 3, 2018
Course Number SC417z 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 natural environment of the Sandy, Oregon area, and the lower slopes of Mt. Hood. We’ll begin with an examination of the flora and fauna along the gorgeous banks of  Tickle Creek, and then we will visit an old growth forest along the Salmon River. Later, we’ll explore native salmon populations, wetlands species and recreational opportunities in the area with a visit to Cascade Streamwatch and the Wildwood Recreation Area. We will conclude with a visit to a magnificent waterfall and a walk along an abandoned section of the historic Mt. Hood Highway. Our field study and discussion can be adapted to science, history and art curriculum for all K-12 classes. As a result of this course, you will be prepared to teach about the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the human impacts in the region, past and present.

NOTE:  We will walk about 5-7 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.

OMSI & More
Sunday, August 5, 2018
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 study of science, history and math to the classroom.


Exploring Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Monday, August 6, 2018
Course Number SS412y or SS512y 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

We'll begin with a three mile hike along the gorgeous Wahclella Falls Trail. Later, we’ll tour Bonneville Dam to learn more about its history and its impact in providing hydroelectric energy for the Portland area. We’ll also look at salmon populations and recreational opportunities in the area. An additional visit to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery will enable us to study sturgeon, trout, and salmon. A study of the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks will also be included. We will see salmon spawning in Eagle Creek and hatchery fish awaiting spawning at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

Mt. Hood’s Alpine Areas
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Course Number SC418a 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 alpine region of Mt. Hood, with visits to Mirror Lake and Trillium Lake, where we will explore the area’s plant and animal life. In addition, visits to the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Timberline Lodge will provide us with a study of the region’s human history. We will study art, architecture and the local economy, as well as the educational and recreational opportunities available near the mountain. Our field study and discussion can be adapted to science, history and art curriculum for all K-12 classes. As a result of this course, you will be prepared to teach about the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the human impacts in the region, past and present.

NOTE:  We will walk about 5-7 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.


Barlow Road and Clackamas County
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Course Number HI408j or HI508j 1 Credit $140
This class is not available to those who have already completed Mt. Hood's Western Slopes
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

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.


Historic Oregon City     
Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12, 2018
Course Number HI406z or HI506Z 2 Credits $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore two museums and three historic homes that focus on the Oregon Trail, Clackamas County History and pioneer life. We’ll also explore the historic section of the city, and we’ll ride the municipal elevator that connects the upper and lower cities. Discussions, and visits to several historic murals will provide lots of ideas for making history come alive for your students.

Western Columbia River Gorge and Troutdale
Monday, August 13, 2018
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.


Out and About in Portland: Art & History for Your Classroom
​Tuesday-Wednesday, August 14-15, 2018
Course Number SS407T or SS507T 2 Credits $235 
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover the best of Portland’s art, architecture, urban parks and fountains. Also learn about the city’s colorful past, as we explore the Central City, the west side of the Willamette River, the Lloyd District and the Rose Quarter. We’ll also tour the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and we’ll walk over two Downtown bridges. Our adventures will enable you to develop lots of ideas for teaching about local history, modern art, and transportation systems. The course is applicable for teachers grades K-12.


East Multnomah County Treasures
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Course Number SS412X or SS512X 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

We'll discuss local history and nature in East Multnomah County as we tour a variety of local parks and historic sites. We'll make our way to Powell Butte Nature Park, site of an extinct volcano, where we'll learn much about water's reservoir supplies, before discovering the variety of natural habitats found here. Later, we'll discover dozens of teaching ideas as we observe wildlife and native plants in two of Gresham's hidden parks. We will conclude with a visit to Historic McMenamin's Edgefield, where we will explore the art, history and natural areas of this East County landmark. Teaching ideas will be discussed that can be implemented across the curriculum, in K-12 classrooms.

Cultural Portland
Saturday-Sunday, August 18-19, 2018
Course Number SS409X or SS509X 2 Credits  $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting class, you’ll discover some of the city’s most interesting history, culture and art, as we tour three magnificent museums and two cultural gardens. We’ll begin with a visit to the Oregon History Center, where we’ll tour the permanent collection including the award winning display, “Oregon, My Oregon.” Later, we’ll visit the Portland Art Museum, including the newly expanded North Wing and the sculpture garden. On Day 2, we’ll visit the Japanese American-Historical Plaza, The Oregon Nikkei Museum (which is dedicated to Japanese American history) and the Classical Chinese Garden. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss ideas for making these museums come alive for our students, as classroom lessons and field trip ideas will be discussed.