Exploring North Clark County's Natural Areas: Human and Natural History

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

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. 


East Multnomah County Treasures
Saturday, February 12, 2022
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.

In this fun and informative class, we will explore natural, historic, and cultural sites in Gresham and Fairview. Our morning adventure will begin with a walk along the Butler Creek Greenway that connects Binford Lake with Butler Creek Park. Next, we will visit Gresham Main City Park, and then we will tour Downtown Gresham to discover the area's public art and history. In the afternoon, we will visit beautiful Red Sunset Park, before discovering the history, art, and culture of McMenamin's Edgefield. Throughout the day, teaching ideas will be discussed that can be implemented across the curriculum.


Cultural Portland
Saturday-Sunday, February 19-20, 2022
Course Number SS409X or SS509X 2 Credits  $250
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, “Experience 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.


Historic Champoeg and the North Willamette Valley
Saturday-Sunday, February 26-27, 2022
Course Number HI402K or HI502K 2 Credits $250

There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.
Focus on environmental sciences and local history as we tour parks and historic sites in the North Willamette Valley. Visits to Champoeg Park, the Robert Newell House, the Aurora Colony Museum, the Grove of the States and wetlands areas and parklands in Wilsonville will provide teachers with lots of ideas for classroom lessons and field trips.
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February Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses