​Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train
Monday, July 1, 2019
Course Number ED413U or ED 513U 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Experience four diversified transportation options as we make a four mile loop from Washington Park to the Willamette River, through Downtown and back. Along the way, we'll learn local history, encounter dozens of trees and plants, and develop lots of ideas for the classroom and field trips. During the morning, you'll have an opportunity to ride the Aerial Tram, the Portland Streetcar and MAX. We'll begin with a 2.0 mile hike from the Hoyt Arboretum to Council Crest Park, Portland's highest point. Next, we'll make our way to Oregon Health & Science University, where we can ride the tram to the waterfront. From there, the Portland Streetcar will take us to Downtown Portland.


​​Central Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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.


North Portland...Naturally
Sunday, July 7, 2019
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.


Western Columbia Gorge and Troutdale
Monday, July 8, 2019
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.


Upper Hood River Valley
Thursday, July 11, 2019
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 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, as we visit the Parkdale Lava Beds, 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.​


Exploring Portland's Orange Line MAX: Art, Architecture, History & Transportation
Saturday, July 13, 2019
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.


Exploring Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Monday, July 15, 2019
Course Number SS412y or SS512y 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

We'll begin with a three mile hike along the gorgeous Wahclella Falls Trail. Later, we’ll tour Bonneville Dam to learn more about its history and its impact in providing hydroelectric energy for the Portland area. We’ll also look at salmon populations and recreational opportunities in the area. An additional visit to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery will enable us to study sturgeon, trout, and salmon. A study of the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks will also be included. We will see salmon spawning in Eagle Creek and hatchery fish awaiting spawning at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.


Portland's Hidden Parks and Natural Areas: Science, Art, and History
Wednesday-Friday, July 17-19, 2019
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 Marquam Nature Park, OHSU, Peninsula Park, Cathedral Park, Smith & Bybee Lakes and Kelley Point Park. Lots of ideas will be discussed for energizing lessons across the K-12 curriculum.


Bicycling Portland's Bridges
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Course Number SS415X or SS515X 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Travel over six Portland bridges via bicycle, and explore three others during a 20 mile loop adventure along both banks of the Willamette River. Along the way, you’ll discover the history and architecture of each bridge, and you will learn the importance of each bridge, regarding local geography, recreation and commerce. Ideas for classroom lessons and field trips will be discussed. The cost of handout materials should be less than $10.


​​Exploring Skamania County
Monday, July 22, 2019
Course Number SS412Z or SS512Z  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 tour Skamania Lodge and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. We will learn much about the area's history, art and natural history. In the afternoon, we will hike the Beacon Rock Trail, and other points of interest on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.


Exploring Forest Park & NW Portland
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Course Number SS410d or SS510d 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore hidden portions of 5,000 acre Forest Park, the largest city park in the nation. While hiking the Leif Ericson and Wildwood Trails, we’ll learn the natural and human history of the park, and we’ll discover a variety of fauna and flora. In addition to hiking, we’ll explore the historic St. John’s Community, the newly renovated St. John’s Bridge, and we’ll visit the site of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition, a world’s fair that changed Portland’s history. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


​​Exploring Portland's Interstate MAX Line: Culture, Art, History, and Science
Thursday-Friday, July 25-26, 2019

Course Number HI 405R or HI 505R  2 credits  $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover a blend of art, architecture, history, science, and cultural diversity, as we ride Portland's new Interstate MAX line from the Rose Quarter to the Expo Center. Along the way, we'll see new artworks at every station, and we'll learn the history behind each neighborhood we visit. We'll look at the contributions African Americans, Native Americans, Polish Americans, and Japanese Americans have made to Portland with visits to the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, the Polish Library, and other locations. We'll also explore local parks, historic homes, and the Emanuel Hospital's Children's Garden. The course is applicable to all teachers of grades K-12.


Historic Vancouver
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Course Number SS 411c or SS511c 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover living history, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for your students as you visit the Vancouver Historic Site, Officers Row, the Pearson Air Museum, and the Clark County Museum in this one day class. The Vancouver Historic Site was one of the first military and supply centers in the west, and continues to serve as an educational resource. A walk along Officer's Row will provide insight into 19th century architecture, while the Pearson Air Museum provides an historic look at aviation. This class will provide lots of ideas to build your history and science curriculum.


Inside Downtown Portland
Wednesday-Thursday, July 30-31, 2019
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.

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