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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Ladybug Walks (ages 2–6)

 Ladybug Nature Walks in Portland parks for children ages 0-6

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 and preschoolers (along with a grown-up) who want to investigate nature in Portland’s parks! While exploring with a trained environmental educator, children borrow a small Ladybug backpack that containing a few simple tools that makes exploring nature easy and fun! Walks help connect children to plants, creeks, insects, birds, and animals. All walks last about an hour and are geared for children ages 2-6 (but babies and waddlers are welcome too!)  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! 

See where the 2019 walks will take place! 

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 WalkMore 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 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 - UPDATED
DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, THE MEETING SPOT HAS CHANGED! Meet at the paved path entering the park at SW 37th Avenue and Nevada Street (on the opposite side of the park from the tennis courts)
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)
Thursday October 31 Laurelhurst Park At the restrooms near SE Ankeny Street and Laurelhurst Place
Friday November 1 Cathedral Park At the restrooms near the boat launch (one block from N Baltimore Avenue and Crawford Street)
Thursday November 7 Wallace Park At the entrance (sidewalk) at NW 25th Avenue and Quimby Street
Friday November 8 Sellwood Park - Bluff Trailhead Meet at the picnic tables adjacent to the parking lot near SE 7th Avenue and Malden Street
Thursday November 14 Grant Park At the east side entrance (NE 36th Avenue and Brazee Street)
Friday November 15 Foster Floodplain Meet at the trailhead near the parking lot (on SE Foster Road just east of SE 103rd Place)
Thursday November 21 Fernhill Park Near the playground on the west side (close to NE Ainsworth Street and 37th Avenue)
Friday November 22 Mt Tabor Park At the picnic shelter by the playground (turn right at the park entrance near SE 69th Avenue and Yamhill Street)
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!