September Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Classes

Willamette River Greenspace
Saturday, September 8, 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.


Exploring West Linn and Lake Oswego
Saturday, September 15, 2018
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.


Swifts and Other Local Birds: Adaptation to Life on the Wing
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Course Number SC417X or SC517X 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 explore the unique phenomena of the Vaux swifts annual migration, and their nightly pilgrimage during September to Portland’s Chapman School chimney. We’ll begin with a study of local birds as we visit Macleay Park and the Audubon Society. At the Audubon Society, we will learn ways to identify local birds using a variety of sensory clues, and dozens of ideas will be discussed for integrating bird study throughout the curriculum. The class will culminate with an opportunity to view the arrival of the swifts at sunset, a truly unique natural and cultural event in Portland. On some September evenings, more than 25,000 swifts enter the chimney at dusk. In addition, we will learn about predatory birds and the challenges facing all local birds in an increasingly more urban ecosystem. Our adventures will include lesson ideas that will energize science, art and language arts activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.


Clackamas Green Line MAX
Saturday, September 29, 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.