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August Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

​​Biking the Columbia Gorge State Historic Trail
Sunday, August 2, 2020
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 Moffett Creek, passing the historic Tooth Rock area. 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
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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.


North Portland...Naturally
Friday, August 7, 2020
Course Number SS410x or SS510X 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

On this diversified tour of North Portland, we will visit a variety of parks and wetland areas.  We will begin with a visit to Smith & Bybee Lakes, one of the areas largest wetland parks.  We will also explore the Peninsula Crossing Trail, McCoy Park, the Columbia Children's Arboretum and the Whitaker Ponds Natural Area.  You will gain lots of ideas for integrating native flora and fauna into your curriculum.

Bicycling the Banks-Vernonia Trail
Saturday, August 8, 2020
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 explore much of the 21 mile long Rails-to-Trails Banks-Vernonia State Trail on bicycle to discover an area rich in human and natural history. The mostly flat bicycle path will take us through farmland, forest land and to an amazing, historic railroad trestle. We will also visit Stub Stewart State Park and Vernonia Lake. Along the way, we’ll discuss the area’s plant and animal life, and the human history of the area, including recreational opportunities.  In addition, we’ll discuss ways to bring this information to our students in a variety of curriculum areas.

Wildwood Trail and Pittock Mansion
Monday, August 10, 2020
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 Silverton and the Oregon Garden
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Course Number SS413D or SS513D 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover more than a dozen beautiful murals in Silverton, as we trace the town's history through its artwork. In addition, our visit to the Oregon Garden will enable us to learn about native and introduced plants, wetlands, forests, and garden establishment. Most importantly, ideas will be discussed for integrating art, history, and plant study with other curriculum areas, both in the classroom, and on field trips.


​​​​The Foothills of Mt. Hood

Friday, August 14, 2020
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.

​​​​East Multnomah County Treasures
Monday, August 17, 2020
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.


Exploring Silver Falls
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Course Number SC415k or SC515k 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore one of the most magnificent hiking trails in America, the Trail of 10 Waterfalls, within Silver Falls State Park. Through a nine mile hike, we'll discuss the area's geology, plant and animal life, and the human history of the area. Along the way, we'll discuss ways to bring this information to our students in a variety of curriculum areas. We'll also visit the historic South Falls Lodge, where we'll discuss the craftmanship of CCC workers and we'll explore recreation opportunities. 

NOTE: This class features a 9-mile hike at a leisurely pace. Although we will stop frequently for discussion and exploration, it is important that you arrive in relatively good shape!


Bicycling the Columbia River Greenspace: History, Art & Science
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Course Number  HI406B or HI506B  1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

You will have the option of biking the Columbia River Green space, or accessing key points along the trail via car and on foot, to learn more about natural systems, local history, water usage and transportation options. We’ll begin with a tour of the I-205 bike trail, and then we’ll parallel the Columbia River, focusing on native plants, recreation and transportation opportunities. Eventually, we’ll study the Interstate Bridge, and we’ll make our way across it into Washington. Once in Vancouver, we’ll explore Esther Short Park, the Vancouver Renaissance Trail, Old Apple Tree Park, Marine Park, Wintler Park and the Water Resources Center. Along the way, we’ll discover intriguing artwork, beautiful green spaces and historic sites. Ideas for classroom lessons and field trips will be discussed. The cost of handout materials should be less than $10.


Hidden Clackamas County & Happy Valley: Natural & Human History
Monday , August 24, 2020
Course Number SS517F1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this diversified new class, we‘ll explore two beautifully designed Metro parks and two Happy Valley city parks, where there are dozens of learning opportunities for students. In addition, we’ll look at local art and history.


Lower Sandy River
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Course Number HI 407L/HI507L 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 class, we’ll discover the natural and human history of the Sandy River, as we explore the lower Sandy, from Oxbow Park to the mouth of the river in Troutdale. Along the way, we’ll discuss Lewis and Clark, more recent local history, native trees, plants and birds, salmon populations, recreational opportunities, and the future of the river. The day’s exploration will take us through an ancient forest, along the banks of the Sandy River, and into Troutdale. We’ll conclude by walking in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, at the mouth of the Sandy River, where it joins the Columbia River. Our studies will focus on ways to bring this information to students, across the curriculum, through classroom lessons and field trips.


Western Columbia Gorge and Troutdale
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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.