East Multnomah County Treasures
Thursday, July 2, 2020
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.

​​Central Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

Friday, July 3, 2020
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.


Willamette River Greenspace
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Course Number SS417V/SS517V 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 new class, we’ll discover both the natural and human history of the Willamette River Green Space, as we explore both sides of Portland’s waterfront. Our journey will take us to the site of “The Clearing,” where Native Americans flourished and early pioneers settled. We’ll explore Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where history, memorials, public art and recreational activities abound, and we’ll visit the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and North America’s longest floating walkway. Included will be a discussion of Portland’s bridges, urban wildlife, and transportation options. As you explore the green space, you’ll develop lesson ideas for integrating Portland’s geography, history, bridges and art throughout the curriculum.

Upper Hood River Valley
Thursday, July 9, 2020
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.


Beaverton's Parks & Natural Areas
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Course number SC418g or SC518g 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 explore both historic and natural sites in and around Beaverton, where we’ll discover unique architecture, gorgeous parks, natural wetlands, and an abundance of flora and fauna. We will begin with a visit to the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge area, home to a variety of native Oregon waterfowl. Here, we’ll learn to identify native birds in their natural habitat. Next, we’ll visit the historic Jenkins Estate. Later, we’ll visit Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a 215 acre treasure in the heart of the city and then Commonwealth Lake. Throughout the day, classroom lesson field trip ideas will be discussed that can be easily implemented with students at a variety of grade levels.

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Bicycling Portland's Bridges
Sunday, July 12, 2020
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 six 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 Silverton and the Oregon Garden
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Course Number SS413D or SS513D 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover more than a dozen beautiful murals in Silverton, as we trace the town's history through its artwork. In addition, our visit to the Oregon Garden will enable us to learn about native and introduced plants, wetlands, forests, and garden establishment. Most importantly, ideas will be discussed for integrating art, history, and plant study with other curriculum areas, both in the classroom, and on field trips.

Exploring NE Portland's Cultural Neighborhoods (NEW!)

Thursday, July 16, and Thursday, July 30, 2020

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 Silver Falls
Friday, July 17, 2020
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!

​​Exploring Southwest Portland and Dunthorpe
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Course Number SS410f or SS510f 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore natural woodlands, manicured gardens and beautiful estates, where science, architecture and history intersect. We’ll begin with a visit to Tryon Creek State Park, at 640 acres, the largest state park in an Oregon metropolitan area. Here, we’ll discover the accessible Trillium Trail, where dozens of plant species can be found. Later, visits to Lewis & Clark College, Foothills Park in Lake Oswego, and the Bishop’s Close will provide us with a look at beautiful estates and exquisite gardens. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss ways to incorporate this information into history, science, math and language arts activities in grades K-12.


Exploring Forest Park & NW Portland
Monday, July 20, 2020
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.


Portland's Hidden Parks and Natural Areas: Science, Art, and History
Wednesday-Friday, July 22-24, 2020
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.


Exploring West Linn and Lake Oswego
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Course Number SS412u or SS512u 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover the best natural and historic sites in West Linn and Lake Oswego. Along the way, we’ll learn about Lake Oswego’s history as an iron producing town once known as the “Pittsburgh of the West.” A visit to the new Lake Oswego will reveal dozens of art pieces as we explore the “Gallery Without Walls.” We’ll also discover hidden parks along the Willamette River, where we’ll learn about native trees and plants, and recreational opportunities.

Hiking the Ramona Falls Trail
Monday, July 27, 2020
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 Mt. Hood’s Alpine Areas
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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.


Biking the Burnt Bridge Greenway
Friday, July 31, 2020
Course Number SC414f or SC514f 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore the beauty of Vancouver's parks and green spaces on this leisurely, 16 mile round trip bike ride that traverses urban park lands, forests, and neighborhoods. Along the way, you'll learn more about trees and plants, local history, and wetlands.

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