Creating Digital Spaces Everyone Can Access (May 2018)

Tools for Developing Accessibility Technology

This workshop provides an introduction to digital accessibility standards and practices and gives participants hands-on experience with assessing, testing, and implementing accessibility practices in the physical and digital realm.

How to Train: PUGS at Work (April 2018)

The time, talent, and energy of your staff is your organization's most valuable resource. How well do you invest in it? The top-down, hierarchical model of training no longer works. In this one-day workshop, you'll build skills in teaching of others at work and everywhere else . You’ll learn a progressive model of pedagogical theory (how people learn), how to teach to where your learner is, and how to implement it in your professional and personal life. Designed for managers, parents, or anyone who has to communicate knowledge to others in their lives.

Decoding Plants - Trees in Spring (April 2018)

Deepen Your Roots with Local Trees

Expand your connection with the place we live by tuning in to the world of trees and learning how the flora of our bioregion is in flux. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our personal and collective relationships to nature.

Digital Undergrounds (March 2018)

Tools for Radicals and Futurists

Apps and content, platforms and startups, industry and conventions: we hear a lot about the entrepreneurs, engineers, and companies that shape the digital landscape. But what about the communities who are working all the while to radicalize and transform the world, and to enact power-from-below using digital technology?

Crop Diversity (February 2018)

Change Your Palate, Change the Future

Ninety percent of the world's calorie intake comes from just 30 crop species. With a rapidly changing climate affecting many of those crops, we’ve got a problem. In this course, learn how crop diversity, a.k.a. agrobiodiversity, is the key to sustaining our food resources.

PUGS at Work: How to Train (February 2018)

Do you do any training of others at work? Teaching is a fundamental life skill. The majority of value in any organization is the knowledge of its workers. How do you pass it on and make it more effective?

In this one day workshop, you’ll learn the basics of pedagogical theory (how people learn), how to teach to where your learner is and what they need to know, and how to implement it in your professional and personal life. Designed for managers, parents, or anyone who has to communicate knowledge in their lives.

Drawing Plants - Winter Meditation (January 2018)

Drawing to Connect with Winter's Rhythms

Drawing has a special way of slowing us down, allowing us to tune in to nature's rhythms. It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll cultivate an openness to unexpected outcomes as we record our observations of the dark season’s wonders.

Decoding Plants (October 2017)

Deepen your connection with the place we live by tuning into the world of trees. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our relationships to nature.

Bitters-Making Workshop (September 2017)

How did bitters go from traditional digestive medicine to quirky cocktail ingredient? Reclaim ancestral digestive medicinal knowledge and make your own bitters in this hands-on workshop.

What Health Science Research Should I Trust?

Good Science for Better Health

Taught by Jeff Rubin

We are bombarded with claims that medications, special diets, equipment, and personal treatments can improve our health, looks, and lifespan.  How can we wade through it and end up with something useful?

What Health Science Research Should I Trust?

We are bombarded with claims that medications, special diets, equipment, and personal treatments can improve our health, looks, and lifespan.  How can we wade through it and end up with something useful?  This class will cover basic concepts and methods, offering guidelines on how to evaluate what’s out there, tips on spotting bad science, and maybe even some insight into how our brains work.

How to Teach Workshop

Teaching is a fundamental life skill. What sex is to genes, teaching is to culture --it's the only way we humans pass it on. Want to learn how to do it well? Subjects include communicating so people understand, designing great curriculum, and facilitating dialogue in the classroom. 

Drawing Plants

Observation drawing has a special way of grounding us in the present moment. Meet some intriguing and subtle late winter plants of Portland and learn their stories. Using drawing as a way to explore urban flora, slow down to observe the details that make species unique. Use simple tools—pencil, ink, and paper—to explore the beauty of the nature all around us in midwinter. You’ll leave with a series of works that are a record of your curiosity and observations.