March Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses

Clackamas Green Line MAX
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Course Number SS413S or SS513S 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.


Explore the entire six mile length of the new Clackamas Light rail MAX line, noting several new landmark art works. We’ll also explore local neighborhoods and diversified parks adjacent to the line, where we’ll discover unique history, recreation opportunities, and gorgeous trees. In addition, we’ll ride MAX along the new green line Downtown, where we’ll discover more than a dozen new art works, and we’ll learn how to access MAX trains that make field trips easy and economical. 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 and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Willamette River Greenspace
Saturday, March 17, 2018
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. 


Historic Oregon City     

Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2018
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.


Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
Monday, March 26, 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.


North Portland...Naturally
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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.


Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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.

Exploring Forest Park & Historic Northwest Portland
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Course Number SS410d or SS510d 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore hidden portions of 5,000 acre Forest Park, the largest city park in the nation. While hiking the Leif Ericson and Wildwood Trails, we’ll learn the natural and human history of the park, and we’ll discover a variety of fauna and flora. In addition to hiking, we’ll explore the historic St. John’s Community, the newly renovated St. John’s Bridge, and we’ll visit the site of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition, a world’s fair that changed Portland’s history. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.