March Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses

East Multnomah County Treasures
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Course Number SS412X or SS512X 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 will explore natural, historic, and cultural sites in Gresham and Fairview. Our morning adventure will begin with a walk along the Butler Creek Greenway that connects Binford Lake with Butler Creek Park. Next, we will visit Gresham Main City Park, and then we will tour Downtown Gresham to discover the area's public art and history. In the afternoon, we will visit beautiful Red Sunset Park, before discovering the history, art, and culture of McMenamin's Edgefield. Throughout the day, teaching ideas will be discussed that can be implemented across the curriculum.

Cultural Portland
Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21, 2021
Course Number SS409X or SS509X 2 Credits  $275
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, “Experience 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.

​​Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail (Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls Loop Hike): Birthplace of Multnomah Falls) 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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.


Hidden Treasures of the Columbia River Gorge: Oneonta Gorge & Elowah Falls
Thursday, March 25, 2021
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.

Historic Oregon City     
Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28, 2021
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.