March Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Courses

Historic Oregon City     
Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 2020
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.


Beaverton's Parks & Natural Areas
Saturday, March 14, 2020
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.


Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail (Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls Loop Hike): Birthplace of Multnomah Falls) 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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.

This class will feature a gorgeous six mile loop hike located in the heart of the heart Columbia River Gorge. We will begin at the base of Wahkeena Falls (known as "the most beautiful Gorge waterfall"), and then we will trek east to Multnomah Falls, Oregon's tallest waterfall. From there, we'll walk along the Larch Mountain Trail to the top of Multnomah Falls, before reaching the Wahkeena Trail and Wahkeena Spring. Later in the day, we will continue downhill to see hidden Fairy Falls, as we follow Wahkeena Creek back to  our starting point. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss Native American legends, 20th Century history, and recent human impacts on the area. We’ll also discover hidden waterfalls, unique geologic formations, and dozens of native trees and plant species. Concepts and information gained in this course will provide ideas for history, math, science and language activities, in grades K-12.


Exploring Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Thursday, March 19, 2020
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 four mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to Dry Creek Falls. 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.


Exploring Silver Falls
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Course Number SC415k or SC515k 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.
Explore one of the most magnificent hiking trails in America, the Trail of 10 Waterfalls, within Silver Falls State Park. Through a nine mile hike, we'll discuss the area's geology, plant and animal life, and the human history of the area. Along the way, we'll discuss ways to bring this information to our students in a variety of curriculum areas. We'll also visit the historic South Falls Lodge, where we'll discuss the craftmanship of CCC workers and we'll explore recreation opportunities. 


NOTE: 
This class features a 9-mile hike at a leisurely pace. Although we will stop frequently for discussion and exploration, it is important that you arrive in relatively good shape!


Willamette River Greenspace 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 (cancelled)
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.