June Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses.

Hidden Clackamas County & Happy Valley: Natural & Human History
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Course Number SS517F1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this diversified new class, we‘ll explore two beautifully designed Metro parks and two Happy Valley city parks, where there are dozens of learning opportunities for students. In addition, we’ll look at local art and history.


​North Portland...Naturally
Saturday, June 12, 2021
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 Southwest Portland and Dunthorpe
Sunday, June 13, 2021
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.


Smith Rock State Park
Thursday, June 17, 2021
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.


Bicycling the Columbia River Greenspace: History, Art & Science
Saturday, June 19, 2021
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.


The Foothills of Mt. Hood
Monday, June 21, 2021
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.


Portland’s Parks: Science and History. Lessons Just Waiting to Happen
Wednesday-Friday, June 23-25, 2021
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 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.


Bicycling Portland's Bridges
Sunday, June 27, 2021
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.


Studying Portland's Trees
Monday-Tuesday, June 28-29, 2021
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.