Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
About our Nature Adventures Give your students an exciting learning experience in nature! PP&R Environmental Education can provide:
To arrange a field trip
Call the Environmental Education office at 503-823-3601 for information and scheduling.
Costs for 90 minute Field Trips:
Costs for 60 minute Field Trips:
Can’t afford a field trip? Look into grant opportunities! Public Lands Every Day
We will work with you to select a park or natural area that fits your groups' needs.
Amphibians Find slippery salamanders under logs and frogs hopping through fields. Students will learn about amphibian anatomy, life cycles, habitat, behavior, and their importance in the environment. Best months: February & March
Birds Learn about bird biology, behavior, and identification. This lesson requires two class periods: an in-class lesson will introduce your students to some common Portland birds. Next, visit a local park, where we will identify birds in the wild and hone observation skills. We can also do a 2nd classroom program on bird migration to focus on why birds migrate, the hazards they face and play a game to reinforce understanding. Best months: April & May
Botany Take a walk with a trained naturalist to learn about any of the following: tree and plant identification, photosynthesis, poisonous plants, edible and medicinal plants, invasive and native plants, seeds, seasons, and plant life cycles. We may also play a game or do an experiment to reinforce science topics.
FBI Fungus, Bacteria, and Invertebrates, oh my! Turn over leaves and logs, and dig in the soil to discover decomposers in a park near you. Students will learn how to identify different species and find out why they are so incredibly important to the ecosystem. Best months: November through February
Geology Explore the rocks and soils of the Northwest! Touch and weigh rocks that are thousands to millions of years old, and compare them to the eroded soils of today's landscape. Climb a volcano and discover how Oregon was shaped by volcanic activity.
Habitats & Ecology Students will learn the four things that creatures need to survive, and how all living things are connected. Take a nature walk and uncover teachable moments while playing Habitat Bingo to compare the characteristics of different habitats.
Invasive Plant Math Find out firsthand just why invasive plants are so successful in taking over natural areas! Use your math skills to count the number of potential plants from a blackberry or dandelion seed head.
Nature Awareness Find out which animals live in Portland's parks. Students will learn to walk through the forest using deer ears, owl eyes, and the fox walk in order to see more wildlife. We will analyze and identify animal sign along the way!
Navigation We will teach your students how to navigate using compasses (provided by PP&R) in your classroom. Next, students will embark on an exciting treasure hunt in a local park while practicing their skills. Requires two sessions.
Poetry Hike Make the poetry of Frost and Whitman come alive! Take a hike using all the senses (smell, see, touch, hear). Develop descriptive language skills and then take some time to write your own nature poetry.
Water Quality Conduct chemical tests (oxygen, pH, temperature, turbidity) or look at the living creatures in the water to determine water quality. Look at macroinvertebrates (water bugs) from a local water body. Then play a game of Macroinvertebrate Mayhem! to see how pollution affects biodiversity.
To arrange a stewardship opportunity for your group, please contact one of our stewardship coordinators: