History & Social Studies


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. You will learn about the region’s past, present, and future potential, Along the way, you will learn more about the discoveries of Robert Gray, George Vancouver, Lewis & Clark, and John Jacob Astor. In addition, you will learn much about the natural fauna and flora of the region as you explore forested trails, diversified tide pools, and glorious beaches. Along the way, you’ll develop dozens of ideas for bringing the study of the North Oregon Coast to your students.  

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


As a result of taking this course, participants will learn:

  1. The cultural history of Native Americans in the Northwest, including their lifestyles and their artwork.
  2. The significance of the region’s earliest non Native American explorers, including Robert Gray, George Vancouver, Lewis and Clark and John Jacob Astor.
  3. The flora and fauna that are native to the region, as a result of exploring natural sites both on land and along beaches.
  4. About the Oregon State Park System, and the recreational opportunities provided here.
  5. About the communities that comprise the North Oregon Coast: Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Nehalem Bay, Garibaldi, Manzanita and Tillamook.

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