July Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Willamette River Greenspace
Sunday, July 1, 2018
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.

Central Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
Monday, July 2, 2018
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.


Beaverton's Historic & Natural Areas
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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.


Bicycling Portland's Bridges
Sunday, July 8, 2018
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.


​​Upper Hood River Valley
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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 Silverton and the Oregon Garden
Friday, July 13, 2018
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 Portland's Orange Line MAX: Art, Architecture, History & Transportation

Saturday, July 14, 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.


Exploring Silver Falls
Monday, July 16, 2018
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!

Portland's Hidden Parks and Natural Areas: Science, Art, and History
Wednesday-Friday, July 18-20, 2018
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.


Historic Champoeg and the North Willamette Valley
Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22, 2018
Course Number HI402K or HI502K 2 Credits $235
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 Magness Tree Farm, 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.


Exploring Forest Park & NW Portland
Monday, July 23, 2018
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.


North Portland...Naturally
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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.


Exploring Portland's Interstate MAX Line: Culture, Art, History, and Science
Thursday-Friday, July 26-27, 2018

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 28, 2018
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
Tuesday-Wednesday, July 31-August 1, 2018
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.