[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]



Peter Chausse



In this diversified driving tour experience, you’ll make your way to at least 30 cultural and historic sites in the Seattle Metro Area, where you’ll discover cultural museums, historic sites, beautiful cultural gardens, and a blend of the area’s visual and performing arts. Along the way, you’ll develop dozens of ideas for bringing the study of Seattle’s culture to your students, both in the classroom and on field trips.  

This course is appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades K-12.  Upon registration with the Heritage Institute, the instructor will send the course manual free of charge.  Choose and read an additional text resource from the annotated bibliography on pages 8 & 9 of this syllabus.


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

  1. Learned the cultural history of Seattle, from the Native Americans tribes that once inhabited the area, to pioneers and the story of the Gold Rush.
  2. Discovered the significance of European, Asian and African Culture in Seattle, past and present.
  3. Explored the variety of visual and performing arts in the Seattle area, and how art helps shape the culture of the Metro area today.
  4. Learned the history of aviation in Seattle, with visits to several aviation museums and historic aviation sites.
  5. Understood the importance of remembering the past, by visiting several memorials in the metro area (War Memorials, Firefighter Memorial) and historic cemeteries.
  6. Become familiar with the importance of science, technology and transportation in today’s modern society with visits to the Museum of History & Industry, The Pacific Science Center, the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, and other museums.

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.



Instructional manual from the Instructor.  One additional text required selected from the annotated bibliography.  Cost depends of book selection.

None. All reading is online.


• The materials packet can now be acquired from the instructor via email at no cost. After registration, please contact Peter Chausse at to acquire the materials.


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.  



Bass, Sophie Frye and Florenz Clark. Pig Tail Days in Old Seattle. 1973  Binford & Mort, Hillsboro, OR.  ISBN #9780832302060 
This book is an historical discussion of Seattle’s history through anecdotal accounts, many of which relate to the cultural diversity of the city.

Chansanchai, Athima. 100 Things to Do in Seattle Before You Die.  2015. Reedy Press, LLC. St. Louis, MO.  ISBN #9781935806912
This book provides information about a wide variety of cultural and historic attractions in the Seattle area. Background information about
each venue provides further insight into Seattle’s cultural heritage.

Dorpat, Paul. Seattle; Now & Then.  1990. Tartu Publications, Tartu, Estonia   ISBN #9780961435714
This book provides a pictorial history of Seattle, and include captions which focus on the city’s history and culture.

Elenga, Maureen. Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown. 2007. Seattle Architecture Foundation, Seattle, WA.
ISBN #9780961435714
In this book, nine walking tours are outlined, and the architecture from a variety of neighborhoods is interpreted.

Lukoff, Benjamin. Seattle: Then & Now.  2015. Thunder Bay Press.  San Diego, CA  ISBN  #9781910496008 
Seattle’s past and present in captured through historical and modern photos. Historical and cultural venues are
featured and interpreted.

Morgan, Brandt.  Enjoying Seattle’s Parks. 1979.  Greenwod Publications, Westport, CT. ISBN  #9780933576018 
Historical information is provided relating to Seattle’s extensive park system. Historical and cultural attractions found
within Seattle’s parks are discussed.

Sale, Roger.  Seattle: Past to Present. 1976. University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA.  ISBN #9780295955216 
This book interprets the history of Seattle and the people who established the city. It also provides information about
the modern city.

Thrush, Coll & William Cronon. Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing Over Place. 2007, University of
Washington Press, Seattle, WA.  ISBN #9780295988122
This book focuses on the native people of the region and the development that occurred during Seattle’s earliest days.

Warren, James R.  Seattle: 150 Years of Progress.  2001. Heritage Media Corporation, Dallas, TX  ISBN #9781886483521
This book is a thorough history of Seattle, from its beginnings in 1851 up through the beginning of the 21st Century.

Warren, James R.  King County and its queen city, Seattle: An Illustrated History.  1981 Winsor Publications, Portland, ME. 
SBN #9780897810388
This comprehensive book includes both historical and cultural information about the city through both narrative accounts and photography.

Wyatt, Roberta Frye. Four Wagons West: The Story of Seattle. 1993. Binford & Mort Publishing, Hillsboro, OR.  ISBN #9780832302947
This book tells the story of early Seattle pioneers through anecdotal accounts.

Websites   This website provides information about visiting the Museum of Flight.   Great information about this amazing garden and museum, located at Seattle Center.  Information regarding the history and culture of this Seattle icon.  This website provides lots of information regarding the Museum of History & Industry.    This website provides information for the EMP Museum. Experience Music Program is a
great cultural museum that examines popular culture.  The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience features a variety of
exhibits on Asian Pacific Americans.  This website provides information about Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
It discusses the role Seattle played in the Klondike Gold Rush.  This website provides insight into the Seattle Art Museum’s collection, and educational
opportunities for students.  Here you will find information about the aquarium’s living creatures, as well as educational
opportunities for students.    This website provides information about this historic landmark that
focuses on the culture of Native Americans of the Seattle area, past and present.   This website provides information about the Japanese Garden.
The Garden provides a deeper look into Japanese culture and its importance in Seattle’s culture.   This website provides information about the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture.   This website focuses on the Nordic Heritage Museum. Exhibits focus on Nordic culture and art.   This website provides resources for learning more about Seattle’s Chinatown, past and present.
This is a partial list. Dozens of additional websites are listed in the handout.