OMSI & More
Sunday, December 2, 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 McMinnville
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Course Number SS410U or SS510U 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 new course, we’ll explore the history of McMinnville, and discover a variety of architectural styles, as we tour the historic old town area on foot.  We’ll also visit the Hotel Oregon, where we’ll discover incredible artwork and vintage photography that will bring the hotel’s history to life. We’ll also make our way to the Evergreen Aviation Museum, where we’ll see the historic Spruce Goose, and dozens of other aircraft. Here, we’ll learn about aviation history throughout Oregon, and lesson ideas that focus on engineering and transportation will be discussed. Finally, our visit to Linfield College will integrate local history, art, architecture and landscaping.


​​​Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
Monday, December 17, 2018
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.


​​Inside Downtown Portland
Thursday-Friday, December 20-21, 2018
​Course Number SS405X or SS505X  2 credits  $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover dozens of educational opportunities in Downtown Portland.  You'll experience history, examine dozens of innovative art works, and you'll see some outstanding architecture. Our travels will take us to Old Town, the Yamhill Historic District, the Pioneer District, Central Library, Powell's Bookstore and the South Park Blocks. We'll also explore several beautiful fountains and we'll visit five historic hotels. This class is applicable for K-12 teachers, and has been designed to energize your art, history, social studies and math programs.


Cultural Portland

Saturday-Sunday, December 29-30, 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.

December Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.