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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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Nature Birthday Parties

Two boys examine an insect in the forest

Celebrate birthdays - nature style!

Our smart and silly EE naturalists will spend one to two hours with your child and their friends (ages 3-10) and help bring the wonders of nature to life! Our staff are versatile and creative and love to have fun out in nature. We can meet your birthday party group at your favorite park or natural area (or we can suggest one for you that makes sense!)

How do I schedule a birthday party?
Please allow at least 30 days to process your request. Unfortunately, due to our extensive summer programming, we are unable to provide birthday parties in in June, July and August. Birthday party options are limited to when PP&R staff are available to run them. Please connect with staff before making any plans on your end. When filling out the application, please provide your top three options and so we can check with staff availability. 

Choose between a Ladybug Walk Birthday (ages 3-6) or a Nature-themed party (ages 5-10) - Details below!

  1. Our weekend availability is often limited! Start by checking our availability calendar online to see what dates are available. 
  2. Check our "Available Times and Dates" calendar to find a day and time that will work for your group. 
  3. Decide where you would like to have your Nature Birthday Party. (Check our "Common Sites for Ladybug Walks" page for ideas - we can also help you find one!)
  4. When you are ready to apply for the nature birthday, fill out the online Program Application by clicking HERE.
  5. After submitting the application, if you have questions call our office at 503-823-3601 or email enviroed@portlandoregon.gov.
  6. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.
  7. Once we have your application we will work to iron out the details and schedule your naturalists. When all details are complete, we will send you a formal service agreement.
  8. To secure your dates: read, sign, and return the service agreement accompanied by a $50 partial payment per day of programming within two (2) weeks. (Full payment is welcome if that is easier.) If we have not heard from you within two weeks, we will contact you once with a gentle reminder we have not received anything from you. After 21 days without payment, your dates will be released. 

Ladybug Walk Parties for children ages 3-5 

Schedule a private Ladybug Walk with our naturalists! Children spend a half hour doing a craft (we'll help decide what makes sense) and then everyone does a Ladybug Nature Walk for about an hour. For the walk, each child gets to borrow a Ladybug Backpack that is filled with a few simple yet fun tools (spoons for digging, magnifying lenses for exploring, bug boxes, and tubs for holding stuff!) Parties are scheduled Labor Day - Memorial Day between the hours of 10am and 4pm. (Sorry - because of our full summer schedule, we are unable to accommodate birthday parties in June, July, and August.) 

Need more information about private Ladybug Walks? Check out the web page and see what it's like! 

Cost for 1½ hour party (includes the cost of staff, supplies, and equipment):

(We ask there is at least 1 adult for every 5 children)

  • up to 10 children: $110 
  • 11-20 children: $160

Nature Birthday Parties for children ages 5-10

Our staff can accommodate birthday party groups of up to 20 children. We will provide two hours of activities that include a forest hike, a nature game, a craft and active exploration based on a nature theme (options are below!) Our naturalists are trained to work with children of all ages and are CPR/First Aid certified. Environmental Education staff value both structured and unstructured activities, and will seamlessly intertwine your chosen theme into the spontaneity of children’s curiosity. Parties are scheduled Labor Day - Memorial Day between the hours of 10am and 4pm. (Sorry - because of our full summer schedule, we are unable to accommodate birthday parties in June, July, and August. 

Choose a Theme

  • Fairies and Wizards - Do you believe in forest magic? Our parks are full of fantasy, wonder, and secrets! Activities may include ivy crowns, fairy dolls, building fairy houses, creating wizard staffs and/or nature potion.
  • On the Wing - Learn about birds and their habitats. Activities may include games that teach bird behavior, bird hike, bird craft, and/or owl pellet dissection (4 week advanced notice required)
  • Exoskeleton Extravaganza - Learn about insects, spiders, and isopods. Activities may include an introduction to arthropods and how to tell them apart, hunting with magnifying lenses and bug boxes for little creatures in the forest, an insect or spider craft, and/or insect and spider racing.

Please note that if you would like to have a picnic area or shelter solely reserved for your group, you will need to reserve the facility at your own expense with the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525. If the picnic area or shelter is not reserved ahead of time, usage is first come, first served. You are not guaranteed the space, however, if you show up and it is not reserved by anyone else, you are free to use it. 

Cost for 2 hour party (includes the cost of staff, supplies, and equipment):
(We ask there is at least 1 adult for every 5 children)

  • up to 10 children: $150
  • 11-20 children: $200