Exploring West Linn and Lake Oswego
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Course Number SS412u or SS512u 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Discover the best natural and historic sites in West Linn and Lake Oswego. Along the way, we’ll learn about Lake Oswego’s history as an iron producing town once known as the “Pittsburgh of the West.” A visit to the new Lake Oswego will reveal dozens of art pieces as we explore the “Gallery Without Walls.” We’ll also discover hidden parks along the Willamette River, where we’ll learn about native trees and plants, and recreational opportunities.


Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train
Friday, October 11, 2019 
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.


Studying Portland's Trees
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, 2019
Course Number SC403U or SC503U  2 Credits  $235
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Learn how to identify nearly 100 tree species by studying leaves, fruit, seeds and bark. Along the way, we’ll explore scenic parks, unique college campuses and historic neighborhoods on both sides of the Willamette River. This two day class is designed to provide valuable teaching ideas for hands-on art and science activities that can be implemented in grades K-12.​


​Exploring the Larch Mountain Trail: Birthplace of Multnomah Falls (Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls Loop Hike)
Sunday, October 20, 2019
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 Forest Park & Historic Northwest Portland
Saturday, October 26, 2019
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.


Lower Sandy River
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Course Number HI 407L/HI507L 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 discover the natural and human history of the Sandy River, as we explore the lower Sandy, from Oxbow Park to the mouth of the river in Troutdale. Along the way, we’ll discuss Lewis and Clark, more recent local history, native trees, plants and birds, salmon populations, recreational opportunities, and the future of the river. The day’s exploration will take us through an ancient forest, along the banks of the Sandy River, and into Troutdale. We’ll conclude by walking in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, at the mouth of the Sandy River, where it joins the Columbia River. Our studies will focus on ways to bring this information to students, across the curriculum, through classroom lessons and field trips.

October Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Classes