1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Ladybug Nature Walks in Portland parks for children ages 2-6
Join us for a drop-in Ladybug Walk on a Thursday or Friday morning, mid-February through mid-November! Ladybug Walks are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups who want to investigate nature in Portland’s parks! While exploring with a trained environmental educator, children borrow at small Ladybug backpack that contains a few simple tools that make discovering nature easy and fun! Walks introduce children to plants, creeks, insects, birds, and animals. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6 and last about an hour. No pre-registration necessary - just arrive at the meeting spot at 10:00am, rain or shine! Cost is on a sliding scale ($3, $5, or $8 per participating child), no charge for adults – choose what works best for your family!
For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year (2019) available. Find the full 2019 schedule in English here.
To see what the walks are like (and get a glimpse of that ladybug backpack available to borrow), click here!
We offer weekly walks for the general public, but we ask that preschool groups, classrooms, and organizations with more than five children schedule a private Ladybug Walk. More information on Private Ladybug Walks.
All Ladybug Walks begin at 10am and go for about an hour. If you need to leave early because "it's just not working today," we totally understand! If you can’t find the group the day of the walk or are confused where to meet, please call or text 503-477-1823.
|Day of Week||Date||Location||Meeting Spot|
|Thursday||September 12||Hoyt Arboretum||At the covered pavilion across from the Visitor's Center (4000 SW Fairview Boulevard)|
|Friday||September 13||Errol Heights Park||Meet at the Errol Heights sign & trailhead along SE 45th Avenue, between Umatilla Street and Tenino Street|
|Thursday||September 19||Rose City Park||At the picnic tables near NE 62nd Avenue and NE Thompson Street|
|Friday||September 20||Columbia Park||At picnic tables by the playground (N Woolsey Avenue and Winchell Street)|
|Thursday||September 26||Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge||At the north parking lot near SE Milwaukie Avenue and 99E (across from 5040 SE Milwaukie)|
|Friday||September 27||Pendelton Park||Near SW Iowa Street and 55th Drive (just west of Hayhurst School)|
|Thursday||October 3||Powell Butte Nature Park||At the visitor's center, up the hill from SE 162nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard|
|Friday||October 4||Whitaker Ponds Natural Area||At the covered gazebo at 7040 NE 47th Avenue, 1 block north of Columbia Boulevard|
|Thursday||October 10||Pier Park||At the cul-du-sac at the intersection of N Bruce Avenue and James Street|
|Friday||October 11||Brentwood Park||At the trees near SE 62nd Avenue and Cooper Street|
|Thursday||October 17||Gabriel Park - Tennis Courts||At the tennis courts near SW 45th Avenue and Nevada Street|
|Friday||October 18||Luuwit View Park||Meet at the covered pavilion near the parking lot at the south side (NE Fremont Street and 127th Avenue)|
|Thursday||October 24||Alberta Park||At the trees near NE 20th Avenue and Killingsworth Street|
|Friday||October 25||Marshall Park||Near the playground on SW 12th Drive (off SW Taylor's Ferry Court)|
|If you can’t find the group the day of the walk or are confused where to meet, please call or text 503-823-1149.|
Bathrooms at most parks are open April - October. Some are open all year. Some have porta-potties available. Some sites have no bathrooms available, and some sites might have bathrooms that are not unlocked until late morning. In general, we suggest you "go" before you show up, just in case!