The Foothills of Mt. Hood
Friday, July 1, 2022
Course Number SC417z 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 natural environment of the Sandy, Oregon area, and the lower slopes of Mt. Hood. We’ll begin with an examination of the flora and fauna along the gorgeous banks of  Tickle Creek, and then we will visit an old growth forest along the Salmon River. Later, we’ll explore native salmon populations, wetlands species and recreational opportunities in the area with a visit to Cascade Streamwatch and the Wildwood Recreation Area. We will conclude with a visit to a magnificent waterfall and a walk along an abandoned section of the historic Mt. Hood Highway. 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.

NOTE:  We will walk about 5-7 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. The materials packet should not exceed $10.


Biking the Springwater Trail: Discovering Historic & Natural Areas
Saturday, July 2, 2022
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.


​​Central Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
Thursday, July 7, 2022
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 Southwest Portland and Dunthorpe
Friday, July 8, 2022
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.


Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train
Saturday, July 9, 2022
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.


Lower Sandy River
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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.


Portland's Hidden Parks and Natural Areas: Science, Art, and History
Wednesday-Friday, July 13-15, 2022
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.


East Multnomah County Treasures
Sunday, July 17, 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.

Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail (Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls Loop Hike): Birthplace of Multnomah Falls) 
Monday, July 18, 2022
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
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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.


Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
Friday, July 22, 2022
Course Number SS415Q/SS515Q 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover the variety of educational opportunities available at the Oregon Zoo. We will visit diverse habitats, where we see more than 100 animal species from five different continents. Our extensive stay at Zoo will provide participants with information and ideas that can be implemented with students across the curriculum. In addition, our visit to the World Forestry Center will provide us with information about local, national and international forests, and how we can implement environmental education with our students.


Bicycling the Columbia River Greenspace: History, Art & Science
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Course Number  HI406B or HI506B  1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

You will have the option of biking the Columbia River Green space, or accessing key points along the trail via car and on foot, to learn more about natural systems, local history, water usage and transportation options. We’ll begin with a tour of the I-205 bike trail, and then we’ll parallel the Columbia River, focusing on native plants, recreation and transportation opportunities. Eventually, we’ll study the Interstate Bridge, and we’ll make our way across it into Washington. Once in Vancouver, we’ll explore Esther Short Park, the Vancouver Renaissance Trail, Old Apple Tree Park, Marine Park, Wintler Park and the Water Resources Center. Along the way, we’ll discover intriguing artwork, beautiful green spaces and historic sites. Ideas for classroom lessons and field trips will be discussed. The cost of handout materials should be less than $10.


Smith Rock State Park
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Course Number SS417D/SS 517D 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting class, we’ll explore one of the most amazing hiking trails in America, the River Trail, which follows the gorgeous Crooked River through a canyon where rocks rise nearly 1,000 feet above. Along the way, we’ll make our way past the amazing rock formation known as Monkey Face, and we will discuss the area’s geology, plant and animal life, and the human history of the area, including recreational opportunities.  In addition, we’ll discuss ways to bring this information to our students in a variety of curriculum areas.


Exploring Bend's Natural Areas

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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 four of Bend’s most beautiful and most historic natural areas. Along the way, we will learn about local geology with a visit to Pilot Butte, an extinct volcano, and we’ll learn how to identify a variety of native plant and bird species on our trek along the Deschutes River Trail. We will also discover urban art and wildlife during our visits to the Old Mill District, and Shevlin Park. 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 Bend's Lava Land Country

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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 learn about the geology of Central Oregon with visits to the Lava lands Visitor center, Lava Butte and the Lava River Cave. We will also visit the High Desert Museum, where we will learn more about the natural and human history of Central Oregon. Along the way, our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Historic Vancouver
Saturday, July 30, 2022
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 Vancouver Land Bridge 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.


OMSI & More
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Course Number SS411b or SS511b 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover dozens of science, history, art and architectural lesson ideas, as we tour two impressive museums on Portland’s east side. We’ll visit OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, and we will tour the outside exhibits adjacent to OMSI and discuss the natural and human history of the Willamette River. Along the way, we’ll discover lots of ideas for bringing the study of science, history and math to the classroom.

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