East Multnomah County Treasures
Thursday, July 1, 2021
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.

​​Central Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

Friday, July 2, 2021
Course Number SS417X/SS517X 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 natural and human history of the Central Columbia River Gorge, from Starvation Creek to Hood River. We will examine the amazing geology of this area, with hikes along the Starvation Creek Trail and along the Columbia River. We will also focus on human impacts here, discussing Native American history, pioneers to the area, the building of the historic highway, and modern industries, including windsurfing and kiteboarding. We’ll also learn about Hood River’s public art program on a Downtown walk. Along the way, discussions will focus on ways to bring this information to our students in a variety of curriculum areas.


​Exploring East Clark County
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
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 discover some of East Clark County’s most important natural, historical and cultural sites. Along the way, we will explore Washougal Waterfront Park, and we’ll visit Captain William Clark Park, an historic site visited by Lewis & Clark on their historic expedition of 1805-1806. In addition, will follow the Washougal Public Art Tour route, to discover more than two dozen locally created public artworks. We will also learn to identify dozens of native plants and trees on forest hikes along the Lacamas Creek and Round Lake Trails. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of nature, art, local history and culture 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.


Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail (Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls Loop Hike): Birthplace of Multnomah Falls) 
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Course Number SC413j or SC513j 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

We will meet near the base of Multnomah Falls, where we will learn both the natural and human history of the area. Ascending the trail, we will cross the historic Benson Bridge and then reach the platform at the very top of Multnomah Falls.  Continuing beyond Multnomah, we will discover several hidden waterfalls on our way to our lunch stop at Wahkeena Spring. In the afternoon, we will head down the scenic Wahkeena Trail, discovering Fairy Falls and Wahkeena Falls along the way. Eventually, we will complete the six-mile loop hike with a return to our starting point.



​Upper Hood River Valley
Friday, July 9, 2021
Course Number SS417v/517v 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting and informative new class, we’ll explore the natural and human history of the Upper Hood River Valley, and the NE slopes of Mt. Hood. We will examine the unique geology of this area and we’ll discuss native flora and fauna on two high elevation hikes in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We’ll also look at the area’s cultural sites with visits to Cooper Spur Resort and the Hutson Museum in Parkdale. Along the way, discussions will focus on ways to bring this information to our students in a variety of curriculum areas.


Biking the Springwater Trail: Discovering Historic & Natural Areas  
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Course Number SS407V or SS507V 1 credit  $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover local history and  science as we bike the entire 22 mile length of  the Springwater Trail in this one-day class.  Part of Oregon’s rails-to-trails project, Springwater was once a railroad line converted to a paved, mostly flat trail that will take us by pioneer cemeteries, various historic sites, wetlands and nature preserves. Along the way, we’ll look at site reclamation and community service projects.  We’ll also review native trees, plants, and birds and discuss how this corridor can be used as an outdoor classroom for your own student field trips by bike.


Lower Sandy River
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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.


Exploring Silver Falls
Thursday, July 15, 2021
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!


Historic Oregon City  
Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18, 2021
Course Number HI406z or HI506Z 2 Credits $250
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.


​​East Portland...Naturally (New Class)

Monday, July 19, 2021

There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.


Course description coming soon...this class is pending approval.


Portland's Hidden Parks and Natural Areas: Science, Art, and History
Wednesday-Friday, July 21-23, 2021
Course Number SS403R or SS503R 3 Credits  $340
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Visit a dozen parks throughout the city. The focus will be on history and environmental studies as we explore Oaks Bottom, Elk Rock Island, Ladd's Addition and the Lone Fir Cemetery. Further exploration will take us to Riverview Cemetery, Marshall Park, Gabriel Park, Peninsula Park, Columbia Park, Cathedral Park, and Kelley Point Park. Lots of ideas will be discussed for energizing lessons across the K-12 curriculum.


Hiking the Ramona Falls Trail
Monday, July 26, 2021
Course Number SS414F or SS514F 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 seven mile loop trail to Ramona Falls, an amazing 120 foot fan shaped waterfall, on the northwest slope of Mt. Hood. Along the way, we’ll learn about the area’s geology, as well as the flora and fauna of the Mt. Hood region. We’ll also discuss the human history of the area, discussing pioneers along the Barlow Road and at Lolo Pass. In addition, we’ll stop to explore the Lost Creek Natural Area, where an interpretive trail will provide further insight. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of nature, local history, and recreation to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and on field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.

NOTE: Because this class involves a fairly strenuous seven mile loop hike, it is recommended that you arrive in reasonably good shape. The pace will be leisurely, and the focus will be on exploration and discovery, but we will be on our feet for about six hours during the day.

Exploring NE Portland's Cultural Neighborhoods

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Course Number SS418Z/SS518Z 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 will explore two culturally diverse NE Portland neighborhoods to discover each area’s public art, architecture, trees, and historic sites. We’ll begin with a walk along Alberta Street, where we see more than two dozen beautifully created murals that enhance the neighborhood’s culture and history. We’ll also tour the Kennedy School, an historic landmark, featuring an abundance of culturally based artwork. In the afternoon, a tour of the Grant Park & Hollywood neighborhood will enrich our knowledge of the art, architecture, parks, history, and cultural resources of these NE Portland locations. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of art, nature, local history, and culture 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.

NOTES: We will walk about 4-5 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.


Exploring Mt. Hood’s Alpine Areas

Friday, July 30, 2021
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.

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