February Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses

Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
Saturday, February 3, 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.


OMSI & More
Sunday, February 4, 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, February 10, 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.


Exploring Portland's Orange Line MAX: Art, Architecture, History & Transportation
Saturday, February 17, 2018
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.


East Multnomah County Treasures
Sunday, February 18, 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.