Western Columbia Gorge and Troutdale
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Course Number SS413R or SS513R 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Trace the natural and human history of the western section of the Columbia River Gorge (on the Oregon side) with visits to natural and historic sites from Fairview to Bridal Veil. Our study will take us to scenic viewpoints, gorgeous waterfalls, and historic sites along the Sandy River and historic Columbia River Highway. We'll discover dozens of tree and plant species, the geology of the area, and public art works along the way. Ideas will be discussed for bringing the study of the Columbia Gorge and Troutdale to your classroom, in a variety of curriculum areas.


​​Exploring Silver Falls
Saturday, May 8, 2021
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!


​Wildwood Trail and Pittock Mansion
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Course Number SS416W/SS516W 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 more than five miles of the Wildwood Trail, discovering dozens of native and introduced tree species. We will also learn the human history of the area, with visits to the Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion, NW Portland and the Pearl District. Travel via MAX, bus and Portland Streetcar during the class will help participants become more familiar with transportation options. Participants will leave the course with lots of teaching ideas that can enhance science, social studies, writing, math and art lessons.


Exploring Washington County's Hidden Parks: Geology, History, Native Flora and Fauna
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Course Number TBA 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 will discover some of Washington County’s most important parks and natural sites. Along the way, we will learn to identify more than a dozen native bird species while exploring the Koll Center Wetlands Park, and we’ll visit Cooper Mountain Nature Park, where we will discover Northwest volcanic history. We will also walk a portion of the Rock Creek Trail to discover Bethany Lake and intriguing Pirate Park. In addition, we will learn to identify dozens of native plants, trees and art works on our walk through Orenco Woods Park. Most importantly, we will discuss ways to bring the study of nature, art, local history to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


​Exploring Silverton and the Oregon Garden 
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Course Number SS413D or SS513D 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.​

Discover more than a dozen beautiful murals in Silverton, as we trace the town's history through its artwork. In addition, our visit to the Oregon Garden will enable us to learn about native and introduced plants, wetlands, forests, and garden establishment. Most importantly, ideas will be discussed for integrating art, history, and plant study with other curriculum areas, both in the classroom, and on field trips.


​Exploring Tigard and Tualatin
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Course Number TBA 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 follow the Tualatin Artwalk and Tualatin River Greenway on foot to access Tigard and Tualatin’s best natural and cultural resources. Along the way, we’ll discover native and introduced trees and plants, and dozens of public and private artworks. We’ll also discuss the geology of the area and its importance in shaping the geography and the economy of the region. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways to bring the study of art, nature, local history and culture to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


​Exploring Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Sunday, May 30, 2021
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 two mile leisurely hike to Wahclella 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.

May Classes

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