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2909 SW Second Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Enviro Ed Staff,

503-823-3601

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Ladybug Walks

Ladybug Nature Walks (age 2-5)

Ladybug Walks are perfect for preschoolers and parents who want to explore nature in Portland's parks with trained preschool naturalists! Children are guided along the trails of various parks in all corners of the city by an Environmental Educator. Walks go at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants, and animals. We offer weekly walks for the public, but we can tailor a private Ladybug Walk for preschool groups, classrooms, and organizations. More information 

Join us for a drop-in Ladybug Walk on a Friday morning, mid-February through early November! 

All walks begin at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. No pre-registration required. $4 per preschooler, no charge for adults. For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year.

Upcoming Walks

Date Site Where to meet us           NOTE: **GPS or a mobile app may take you to a different area!**
July 31 Brentwood Park

Meet in park near SE 62nd and SE Cooper. Bus #19 stops at SE Duke & SE 64th

Aug 7 Columbia Children's Arboretum ***Note meeting spot! Take Marine Dr east from I-5. Turn south on NE 13th (across from Portland Yacht Club). Turn right on Meadow Drive. Turn left after 7 houses onto the unmarked gravel rd. Meet at gate.
Aug 14 Elk Rock Island Take McLoughlin Blvd (Hwy 99E) through Milwaukie to SE River Rd. Drive south to SE sparrow, go west to SE 19th and park along the road. Meet at corner of SE 19th and Sparrow by the trailhead. 
Aug 21 Marshall Park ***Note Meeting Spot! From SW Taylors Ferry Rd, turn on Taylor's Ferry Ct (watch for signs to the park). Turn right and follow SW 12th Dr to the end. Park along both sides of the street, but not in the turn around. 
Aug 28 Ventura Park SE Stark St and SE 113th Ave. Parking lot off of SE 113th Ave (just north of Stark St) Bus #20 or #71
Sept 4 Irving Park Meet by the tennis courts on NE 7th near NE Fargo. Bus #24 or #6. 
Sept 11 Sellwood Riverfront Park From SE Tacoma, turn north on 6th Ave. Take Spokane west to Oaks Park Way. Turn right and immediately left into parking lot. Meet by the restrooms. 

* = route is accessible to strollers
bus = TriMet transportation available. May involve walking a few blocks. Please check routes.
rr = restroom or port-a-potty

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A short Ladybug Walk video...

 

Want a more personalized Ladybug Walk experience? Set up a private Ladybug Walk for a group of preschoolers!

Arrange a private Ladybug Walk for your group - great for preschool field trips, day care activities, and birthday parties!

Our private Ladybug Walks give your group of children age 2-5 a chance to explore with our highly-trained, specialized Preschool Naturalists. Not only do our Preschool Naturalists know nature, they also know what makes young children tick! Children borrow our sought-after Ladybug Backpacks for their walk while they engage in nature exploration, learning, and play. Ladybug Walks last for 60 minutes and can be done at most Portland parks or natural areas. We’ll work with you to choose one that makes sense!

2015 Rates for Ladybug Walks are as follows:

  • 1 Preschool Naturalist (1-14 students)..................$60
  • 2 Preschool Naturalists (15-24 students).............$120
  • 3 Preschool Naturalists (25-36 students).............$180

How do I schedule a private Ladybug Walk?

WE ARE HAPPY TO BOOK A PRIVATE LADYBUG WALKS FOR THE FALL 2015 SEASON. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after SEPTEMBER, 8 2015. Arranging a program takes time. Please allow at least a full month for coordination.

  1. Download the Program Application.
  2. After looking over the application, if you have questions call and leave a message at any time for Elvira Stenson at 503-823-3601 or email her at elvira.stenson@portlandoregon.gov. She will return messages in the order received (please keep in mind that she works part time).
  3. Fill in the form and SAVE AS: "Your full Name_EE Program Application.pdf"
  4. Attach the saved form in an email to elvira.stenson@portlandoregon.gov
  5. Once we have your application we will work to find naturalists. Once we have staff scheduled you will receive a contract.
  6. Sign and return the contract with partial (or full) payment to secure the date(s).