Peter Chausse

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.  

Offered Courses

NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE: Lesson Ideas For Your Community

Course No. ED438R, ED538R

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

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.

SUSTAINABILITY FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

Course No. SC415Z, SC515Z

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

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.


PORTLAND’S NATURAL AREAS

Course No. SC415N, SC515N

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

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.     

 

PORTLAND’S CULTURAL SITES

Course No. SS412S, SS512S

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

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.

DISCOVERING WESTERN OREGON’S BRIDGES

Course No. SS412R, SS512R

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

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.

STUDYING PORTLAND’S ART

Course No. HU404P, HU504P

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

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.

TEACHING PORTLAND’S HISTORY

Course No. HI403E, HI503E

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

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.

TREES: Inside and Out

Course No. SC406Z, SC506Z

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

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.