June Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Biking the Springwater Trail: Discovering Historic & Natural Areas  
Saturday, June 2, 2018
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.


​Exploring Southwest Portland and Dunthorpe
Sunday, June 10, 2018
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, Berry Botanic Garden 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, June 16, 2018
Course Number ED413U or ED513U 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.


Smith Rock State Park
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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 new 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.


Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
Friday, June 22, 2018
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.


Studying Portland's Trees
Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2018
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.


Portland’s Parks: Science and History. Lessons Just Waiting to Happen

Wednesday-Friday, June 27-29, 2018
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.
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