June Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

​North Portland...Naturally
Saturday, June 4, 2022
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.


East Portland...Naturally

Saturday, June 11, 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 some of East Portland’s newest and most important natural, historical and cultural sites. Along the way, we will learn about local geology and how to identify a variety of native bird species while exploring Powell Butte Nature Park. Later, we will visit newly created Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park to see its exciting new artwork. We will also visit Luuwit View Park and brand new Gateway Green Park, where we will discover a variety of recreational and cultural learning opportunities for students. During the day, we will learn to identify dozens of plants and trees as we explore the trails of each 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.


Beaverton's Parks & Natural Areas
Sunday, June 12, 2022
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.


Wildwood Trail and Pittock Mansion
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Course Number SS416W/SS516W 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 explore more than five miles of the Wildwood Trail, discovering dozens of native and introduced tree species. We will also learn the human history of the area, with visits to the Hoyt Arboretum, and Pittock Mansion. Participants will leave the course with lots of teaching ideas that can enhance science, social studies, writing, math and art lessons.


Hidden Treasures of the Columbia River Gorge: Oneonta Gorge & Elowah Falls
Monday, June 20, 2022
Course Number SS416t or SS516t 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 will explore the Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls areas, and we will make our way along the Oneonta Falls Trail. Here, we will discuss the geology and natural history of the Columbia Gorge. A walk along the new paved section of the old Columbia Highway will take us to McCord Creek where we will discuss the human history of the area, and exploration of the nearby trail will lead us to two hidden waterfalls. Along the way, ideas will be discussed to help enhance your science, math, history and writing lessons.

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Portland’s Parks: Science and History. Lessons Just Waiting to Happen
Wednesday-Friday, June 22-24, 2022
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, and the Japanese Garden. Later, we’ll visit the Portland Audubon Society, Pearl District Parks, Mt. Tabor Park, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Rocky Butte and Cully 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.


Bicycling Portland's Bridges
Sunday, June 26, 2022
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 five 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 Silver Falls
Monday, June 27, 2022
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!


Studying Portland's Trees
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 28-29, 2022
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.


Exploring Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Thursday, June 30, 2022
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 two mile leisurely hike to Wahclella Falls. 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.