March Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses

Exploring Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Saturday, March 2, 2019
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 three mile hike along the gorgeous Wahclella Falls Trail. 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. We will see salmon spawning in Eagle Creek and hatchery fish awaiting spawning at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

Historic Vancouver
Saturday, March 9, 2019
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.


Exploring Portland's Orange Line MAX: Art, Architecture, History & Transportation
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Course Number: SS417Q/SS517Q 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 entire 7.3 mile length of the new Orange Light Rail MAX line, as it extends from the city of Milwaukie to Portland State University in SW Portland.. Along the way, we’ll discover local neighborhoods from Milwaukie to PSU, where we will examine the area’s amazing new artwork, natural areas along the Willamette River, a diversity of architecture and a wealth of local history. In addition, we will explore the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge, the first bridge in the nation designed specifically for public transportation vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of art, nature, local history, culture, transportation and recreation to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and on field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math, writing and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Historic Oregon City     

Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24, 2019
Course Number HI406z or HI506Z 2 Credits $235

There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.


Explore two museums and three historic homes that focus on the Oregon Trail, Clackamas County History and pioneer life. We’ll also explore the historic section of the city, and we’ll ride the municipal elevator that connects the upper and lower cities. Discussions, and visits to several historic murals will provide lots of ideas for making history come alive for your students.


Cultural Portland
Wednesday-Thursday, March 27-28, 2019
Course Number SS409X or SS509X 2 Credits  $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

In this exciting class, you’ll discover some of the city’s most interesting history, culture and art, as we tour three magnificent museums and two cultural gardens. We’ll begin with a visit to the Oregon History Center, where we’ll tour the permanent collection including the award winning display, “Oregon, My Oregon.” Later, we’ll visit the Portland Art Museum, including the newly expanded North Wing and the sculpture garden. On Day 2, we’ll visit the Japanese American-Historical Plaza, The Oregon Nikkei Museum (which is dedicated to Japanese American history) and the Classical Chinese Garden. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss ideas for making these museums come alive for our students, as classroom lessons and field trip ideas will be discussed.


Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center

Friday, March 29, 2019
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.


Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train
Saturday, March 30, 2019
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.