History & Social Studies


Course No. SC415N, SC515N

In this diversified driving tour, you will travel to Portland and surrounding suburban areas to discover a variety of forested parks, gorgeous gardens, wetlands sites, and geologic sites, where you will learn about trees, plants, birds, ecosystems, and natural formations. Most importantly, you will learn how to bring this information to your students across the curriculum, both in the classroom and on field trips.

$25 payable to instructor for a course field guide after registration.   

The Co-Instructor for this course is Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  1. Learned about the history of Portland’s park system, and the history of individual parks, and their importance, both now, and in the future.
  2. Learned to identify a variety of native trees and plants, and to teach lessons involving tree and plant study.
  3. Learned to identify a variety of birds, and to teach units involving bird study to students.
  4. Learned about Portland’s water systems, including the Willamette, Columbia, Clackamas and Sandy Rivers.
  5. Learned about the geologic history of Portland, through study of natural formations.
  6. Obtained knowledge on the scope of recreational activities available in the Portland Metro area.
  7. Gained tools to teach the value of natural areas, and to teach observation skills through hands-on learning experiences.

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