[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]



Peter Chausse



In this diversified driving tour, K-12 teachers will explore at least 30 cultural and historic sites in the Portland Metro Area. Discover cultural museums, historic homes, poignant memorials, and a blend of the area's visual and performing arts. Along the way, participants will develop dozens of ideas for bringing the study of Portland's culture to your students, both in the classroom and on field trips.

The Co-Instructor for this course is Christopher Naze, M.Ed.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Studied the cultural history of Native Americans in the Northwest, including their lifestyles and their artwork.
  • Learned the significance of Asian Americans in Portland, including Japanese American history & Culture, Chinese Culture, and other Asian influences, with visits to museums and gardens.
  • Studied Pioneer History in the Northwest, by exploring museums, historic sites and historic homes.
  • Explored the history of African Americans in the Northwest, with visits to historic sites and art works.
  • Explored the history of aviation in the Northwest, with visits to several aviation museums and historic aviation sites.
  • Learned the importance of art in and around Portland, by studying public art in museums, throughout the city of Portland, and in suburban areas, and how art helps shape the culture of the Metro area today.
  • Learned the importance of remembering the past, by visiting several memorials in the metro area (Vietnam Veteran’s, Holocaust Memorial, Korean War Memorial) and historic cemeteries.
  • Learned the importance of science, technology and transportation in today’s modern society with visits to the 3-D Museum of Photographic Art, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the OHSU Aerial Tram and other locations.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit.  The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit. 


Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



A comprehensive Course Workbook that includes the required reading, Field Journal, and Driving Tour is available from the instructor.

None. All reading is online.


A comprehensive workbook that includes the required reading, field journal, and Driving Tour is available from the instructor. See Order Form provided by The Heritage Institute after registration.


Peter Chausse, B.S. is a former elementary school teacher, who has specialized in teaching his students about trees, plants, urban parks and natural areas.

Before beginning his teaching career, Peter earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Maine. His training included coursework in Dendrology (tree identification), Forest Management and wood product usage.

In the early 1980's, Peter worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the state of Washington, where he focused on tree identification and scientific observations. Since 1994, Peter has taught a course through The Heritage Institute titled, ‘Studying Portland’s Trees’ During the course, participants learn how to recognize several dozen tree species as they explore Portland’s parks and historic neighborhoods on foot. Ideas for the integration of tree study with math, art, science, literature, writing and social studies activities are presented and discussed.

Peter has had a lifelong love of trees, and is eager to help you acquire more tree knowledge. He is also dedicated to helping you bring this information to your students in fun and meaningful ways.  



Bottenberg, Ray and Jeanne, 2008, Images of America – Vanishing Portland. Arcadia Publishing

This book provides historic photos and information relating to the cultural history of the city, exploring former Downtown neighborhoods and ways of life in the 19th Century. It’s a good resource for understanding where we’ve come from, and where we’re going.


Demarco, Gordon. 1990.  A Short History of Portland. Lexicos Press. San Francisco, CA.

This concise book is one of the best accounts of Portland’s growth and development in the last 150 years. The culture of the city is explained, from the Native Americans, to Stumptown, through Boomtown development, periods of ethnic diversity and the changes during the last Century, to the present.


Foster, Laura O. 2008. Walk There! 50 Treks in Portland & Vancouver, WA. Metro. Portland, OR.

This brand new volume leads you on explorations of the Portland area, from the newest urban natural areas to classic parks and fascinating neighborhoods. As you walk, specific information brings each area to life, as information is provided relating to the history and culture of each venue.


Hawkins, William J. and William Willingham. Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon 1850-1950.

Provides in-depth information of more than 100 homes in Portland’s Metro area. Craftsman, bungalow, Victorian and Queen Anne home styles. The city’s culture and history can be seen in the development of residential architecture, and information in the book gives insight about the people who once lived there.


Inada, Lawson. 1992. Legends from Camp. Japanese American History

The realities of Internment Camps are revealed in this account about life for Japanese Americans in Portland prior to, and during World War II. This book is a good first step in understanding the hysteria in the United States following Pearl Harbor, and the treatment of Japanese Americans in the following years. The author also provided the text for the Japanese American Memorial Plaza is Portland. 


King, Bart. 2006.  An Architectural Guidebook to Portland.

Provides excellent historical and cultural information relating to nearly every building in Downtown Portland. The book brings to life little known features revealed about each site, and ornate details are explained. Historic and cultural information about buildings outside the Downtown area is also revealed.


Lansing, Jewel. 2001.  Portland: People, Politics & Power. OSU Press, Corvallis, OR

The author has provided an in-depth history of the city, outlining the growth and development of Portland during the term of each mayor. The author explains how political decisions impacted people throughout the city, discussing ethnic diversity, cultural development and changes in transportation and commerce.


Thompkins, Jim.  2005. Images of America – Oregon City History, Arcadia Publishing

The history of Oregon City, the oldest city west of the Mississippi. Although the city is of moderate size today, it was once the capital of the Oregon Territory, an area that encompassed land from present day Oregon to Canada and Montana. Historic photos and cultural changes are well documented in this book.


Wong, Marie Rose. 2004. Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon. The Scott & Lauri Oki Series.

History of the Chinese in Portland is well documented. Their role in building railroads, and providing invaluable services is outlined. Widespread discrimination and racial separation is also explained. 


Wood Wortman, Sharon. 2006The Portland Bridge Book. Urban Adventure Press, Portland, OR.

This outstanding book provides historic and modern photos of Portland’s Willamette and Columbia River Bridges. Provides the reader with facts about each bridge, historical and anecdotal information provides insight into bridge selection locations, styles of bridges and future concerns. A great resource.