March Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses

Exploring Orange Line MAX: Art, Architecture, History, and Transportation
Saturday, March 5, 2022
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 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.


Hidden Hillsboro
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Course Number SS410V or SS 510V 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 Downtown Hillsboro, Jackson Bottom wetlands and the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove in the morning. Later in the day, we will tour the campus of Pacific University, before concluding at the Rice Rock Museum in Hillsboro. This class will focus on local history, art, and the natural world. Dozens of ideas will be discussed for bringing information to students, through classroom lessons and field trips.


Beaverton's Parks and Natural Areas

Saturday, March 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.


Historic Oregon City     
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20, 2022
Course Number HI406z or HI506Z 2 Credits $275
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.


​​Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail (Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls Loop Hike): Birthplace of Multnomah Falls) 
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
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 will meet near the base of Multnomah Falls, where we will learn both the natural and human history of the area. Ascending the trail, we will cross the historic Benson Bridge and then reach the platform at the very top of Multnomah Falls.  Continuing beyond Multnomah, we will discover several hidden waterfalls on our way to our lunch stop at Wahkeena Spring. In the afternoon, we will head down the scenic Wahkeena Trail, discovering Fairy Falls and Wahkeena Falls along the way. Eventually, we will complete the six-mile loop hike with a return to our starting point.


Willamette River Greenspace

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Course Number SS417V/SS517V 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’ll discover both the natural and human history of the Willamette River Green Space, as we explore both sides of Portland’s waterfront. Our journey will take us to the site of “The Clearing,” where Native Americans flourished and early pioneers settled. We’ll explore Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where history, memorials, public art and recreational activities abound, and we’ll visit the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and North America’s longest floating walkway. Included will be a discussion of Portland’s bridges, urban wildlife, and transportation options. As you explore the green space, you’ll develop lesson ideas for integrating Portland’s geography, history, bridges and art throughout the curriculum.


Exploring Skamania County
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Course Number SS412Z or SS512Z  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 tour Skamania Lodge and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. We will learn much about the area's history, art and natural history. In the afternoon, we will hike the Beacon Rock Trail, and other points of interest on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.