September Classes

Peter's Walking Tours and Continuing Education Classes

Willamette River Greenspace
Saturday, September 5, 2020
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 Bonneville & Eagle Creek
Saturday, September 12, 2020 (moved to Saturday, September 26)
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 three mile hike along the gorgeous Wahclella Falls Trail. 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 NE Portland's Cultural Neighborhoods
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Course Number SS418Z/SS518Z 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 explore two culturally diverse NE Portland neighborhoods to discover each area’s public art, architecture, trees, and historic sites. We’ll begin with a walk along Alberta Street, where we see more than two dozen beautifully created murals that enhance the neighborhood’s culture and history. We’ll also tour the Kennedy School, an historic landmark, featuring an abundance of culturally based artwork. In the afternoon, a tour of the Grant Park & Hollywood neighborhood will enrich our knowledge of the art, architecture, parks, history, and cultural resources of these NE Portland locations. 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.

NOTES: We will walk about 4-5 miles during the day, so it will be important to arrive in relatively good physical shape. Our pace will be leisurely and will focus on exploration, discovery, and discussion.


Swifts and Other Local Birds: Adaptation to Life on the Wing
Saturday, September 19, 2020
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.


Exploring Southwest Portland and Dunthorpe
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Course Number SS410f or SS510f 1 Credit $140
There can be additional materials and entrance fees. Check with the instructor for specific details for this class.

Explore natural woodlands, manicured gardens and beautiful estates, where science, architecture and history intersect. We’ll begin with a visit to Tryon Creek State Park, at 640 acres, the largest state park in an Oregon metropolitan area. Here, we’ll discover the accessible Trillium Trail, where dozens of plant species can be found. Later, visits to Lewis & Clark College, Foothills Park in Lake Oswego, and the Bishop’s Close will provide us with a look at beautiful estates and exquisite gardens. Along the way, we’ll stop to discuss ways to incorporate this information into history, science, math and language arts activities in grades K-12.


Exploring McMinnville
Saturday, September 26, 2020 (moved to Saturday, November 7th)
Course Number SS410U or SS510U 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 new course, we’ll explore the history of McMinnville, and discover a variety of architectural styles, as we tour the historic old town area on foot.  We’ll also visit the Hotel Oregon, where we’ll discover incredible artwork and vintage photography that will bring the hotel’s history to life. We’ll also make our way to the Evergreen Aviation Museum, where we’ll see the historic Spruce Goose, and dozens of other aircraft. Here, we’ll learn about aviation history throughout Oregon, and lesson ideas that focus on engineering and transportation will be discussed. Finally, our visit to Linfield College will integrate local history, art, architecture and landscaping.