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.
Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed., graduated from Western Oregon University. He became a teacher due to his desire to share the world with his students and give them the skills needed to explore and understand the world around them.
In 2017 Jake took an academic sabbatical to pursue his graduate studies. He moved to Germany and completed a year of graduate studies at the world-renowned American Studies Leipzig Institute at the University Leipzig. With an expanded worldview and knowledge base, Jake returned to Oregon, where he earned an M.S. in Social Studies Education from Western Oregon University in June 2019.
He currently teaches social studies and geography at Adam Stephens Middle School in Salem, Oregon. In addition to teaching, Jake is an elected member of the Center for Geography Education in Oregon.
Course No. SS419r, SS519r
In this course, you will discover dozens of lesson and project ideas that can help your students develop a sense of pride in their school and local community. The lessons can extend learning outside the classroom and involve opportunities for community involvement. Each lesson can integrate history, math, and artwork into the curriculum while working to make a positive impact on the lives of the students and their community.
Course No. SS419f
In this diversified driving tour experience, you’ll make your way to at least 30 natural sites in SW Washington (from Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens to the Washington Coast, Vancouver, and the Columbia Gorge), where you’ll discover the natural history of this area. You will learn about the region’s past, present, and future potential.
Course No. SS419b, SS519b
In this diversified driving tour experience, you’ll make your way to at least 18 cultural, historical, and or natural sites in Central Oregon (from Warm Springs to Prineville), where you’ll discover the natural and human history of this area.
Course No. SS417e, SS517e
In this diversified driving tour experience, you’ll make your way to at least 18 cultural, historic and/or natural sites along the Northern Oregon Coast, (from Astoria to Tillamook), where you’ll discover cultural and historic museums, magnificent homes, significant historic sites, gorgeous natural sites, state parks and diversified beach areas.
Course No. SS418m, SS518,
In this driving tour experience, youll make your way to at least 30 cultural and historic sites in the Seattle Metro Area. Youll discover museums, historic sites, beautiful gardens, and a blend of the areas visual and performing arts. Youll develop dozens of ideas of Seattles culture to your students, both in the classroom and on field trips. Appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades K-12. Course manual free of charge after registration.
Course No. ED438R, ED538R
Examine the exciting idea of extending learning for your students beyond those classroom walls! In this fun, informative and multi-faceted course, you will discover dozens of ways to use your school building, school grounds, local neighborhood and local community to enhance learning for your students in the areas of math, art, science, language arts, history and geography.
Course No. SC415Z, SC515Z
Discover dozens of ways to involve your students in fun environmentally sustainable, earth-friendly projects. Learn how to create native plant gardens, water and energy conservation programs, recycling and composting stations and functional, earth-friendly eco-roofs. In addition, low energy transportation options will be discussed, including bicycling and public transportation. Learn about community-based art projects to beautify schools and your neighborhoods. $25 text and materials fee due to the instructor.
Course No. SC415N, SC515N
In this diversified driving tour, you will travel 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.
Course No. SS412S, SS512S
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.
Course No. SS412R, SS512R
In this diversified driving tour you will explore dozens of bridges in Western Oregon. Discover how to use bridge study as a stepping off point for regional history and other subject areas. Learn about footbridges, arch, suspension, wooden, concrete and steel, vertical lift, bascule and fixed span bridges.
Course No. HU404P, HU504P
Have fun building art into your teaching by exploring Portland's extensive collection of public art. Course materials, tours of the city and the 'Percent for Art Program' will help you use historic murals, bronze and stone sculptures, paintings, carvings, ceramic tile work and more to enhance your elementary and secondary art and social studies programs. You will develop integrated art lessons that involve students in cooperative learning projects.
Course No. HI403E, HI503E
Enhance your students' historical literacy of Portland's colorful past. Through a combination of readings, museum visits, and explorations of Downtown Portland and historic parks, you will learn how to bring Portland’s history to you students. You will also develop way to teach about the city’s economic and architectural development. In this fun and informative course you will find dozens of ideas for K-12 field trips, lesson plans and ways to integrate Portland's history with other subjects.
$25 workbook fee payable after registration.
Course No. SC406Z, SC506Z
Trees provide K-12 students an avenue to the scientific methods of observation, classification, notation and drawing. Tree study can also be integrated with writing, math, art and social studies activities.