COURSE TITLE:

PORTLAND’S NATURAL AREAS

NO. OF CREDITS:

5 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
50
50

INSTRUCTOR:

Peter Chausse
walkportland@msn.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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.     

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

 

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

  1. Learned about the history of Portland’s park system, and the history of individual parks, and their importance, both now, and in the future.
  2. Learned to identify a variety of native trees and plants, and to teach lessons involving tree and plant study.
  3. Learned to identify a variety of birds, and to teach units involving bird study to students.
  4. Learned about Portland’s water systems, including the Willamette, Columbia, Clackamas and Sandy Rivers.
  5. Learned about the geologic history of Portland, through study of natural formations.
  6. Obtained knowledge on the scope of recreational activities available in the Portland Metro area.
  7. Gained tools to teach the value of natural areas, and to teach observation skills through hands-on learning experiences.

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

 

HOURS EARNED:
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.

 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
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.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

A comprehensive Course Workbook that includes the required reading, field journal, and Driving Tour instructions. The Workbook is available from the instructor after registration.

None. All reading is online.

MATERIALS FEE

$25 for a Course Workbook and field guide, payable to instructor after registration. 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

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.  

BIBLIOGRAPHY

PORTLAND’S NATURAL AREAS

Bishop, Ellen Morris, Hiking Oregon’s Geology 2004.The Mountaineers Books. Seattle, WA.

Foster, Laura O., Portland Hill Walks. 2005. Timber Press. Portland, OR.

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

Houck, Michael C. & M.J. Cody., Wild in the City. 2002. Oregon Historical Society Press.

Pojar, Jim & Andy Mackinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. 1994. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Redleaf, Rhoda. Open the Door: Let’s Explore More. 1996 Redleaf Press. St. Paul. Minnesota.

Reynolds. Phyllis C. & Elizabeth Dimon. Trees of Greater Portland. 1993. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

Tekiela, Birds of Oregon. 2001. Adventure Publications. Cambridge, Minnesota.