June Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail: Birthplace of Multnomah Falls
Sunday, June 7, 2020
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’ll make our way on foot from historic Multnomah Falls Lodge and the beauty of  Oregon’s highest waterfall, to one of the state’s most incredible vistas, at Sherrard Point, atop Larch Mountain. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss Native American legends, 20th Century history and recent human impacts on the area. We’ll also discover hidden waterfalls, unique geologic formations, and dozens of native trees and plant species. We’ll conclude at a magnificent vista where five Cascade peaks are often visible. Concepts and information gained in this course will provide ideas for history, math, science and language activities, in grades K-12.


Historic Vancouver
Saturday, June 13, 2020
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.

The Foothills of Mt. Hood
Monday, June 15, 2020
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.


Smith Rock State Park
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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.


Lower Sandy River
Friday, June 19, 2020
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.


Bicycling the Columbia River Greenspace: History, Art & Science
Saturday, June 20, 2020
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.


Portland’s Parks: Science and History. Lessons Just Waiting to Happen
Wednesday-Friday, June 24-26, 2020
Course Number SS403T or SS503T  3 Credits  $340
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Find beauty and serenity within the spacious parks of Oregon’s largest city. We’ll begin with visits to the Hoyt Arboretum, the International Test Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the World Forestry Center. Later, we’ll visit the Portland Audubon Society, Pearl District Parks, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Leach Botanical Garden and Luuwit View Park. Along the way, you’ll develop dozens of ideas that you can incorporate into science and history lessons for your students. Appropriate for teachers of K-12.​​


Biking the Springwater Trail: Discovering Historic & Natural Areas  
Sunday, June 28, 2020
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 17 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.


Studying Portland's Trees
Monday-Tuesday, June 29-30, 2020
Course Number SC403U or SC503U  2 Credits  $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Learn how to identify nearly 100 tree species by studying leaves, fruit, seeds and bark. Along the way, we’ll explore scenic parks, unique college campuses and historic neighborhoods on both sides of the Willamette River. This two day class is designed to provide valuable teaching ideas for hands-on art and science activities that can be implemented in grades K-12.