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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

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 of the entire year.

Upcoming Walks

Date Site Where to meet us
Aug 15 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 & Sparrow by the trailhead.
Aug 22
Alberta Park * rr
Meet by the playground at NE 19th & Jarrett.
Aug 29 Lents Park * bus rr
Meet in parking lot at intersection of SE 89th & Steele. Bus #17
Sep 5 Marshall Park
From SW Taylors Ferry Rd, turn on Taylor’s Ferry Ct (watch for signs to the park). Turn right and follow 12th Drive to the end. Park along both sides of street.
Sep 12 John Luby Park * bus
Near park sign on NE Brazee (near NE 127th). Park along streets. Bus #23 stops at NE 133rd and NE Brazee.
Sep 19
Sellwood Riverfront Park * rr
From SE Tacoma, turn north on 6th Ave. Take Spokane west to Oaks Park Way. Turn right and immediately left
into parking lot. Meet at restrooms.
Sep 26
Wallace Park * bus rr
Meet near the intersection of NW 25th Ave and NW Raleigh St.  Bus #15
Oct 3 Irving Park * bus rr Meet at the Tennis Courts on NE 7th near NE Fargo. Bus #24 or #6. 

* = 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. Call the Environmental Education office at 503-823-3601 for information and scheduling. 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!

2014 Rates for Ladybug Walks are as follows:

  • 1 Preschool Naturalist (1-14 students)..................$60
  • 2 Preschool Naturalists (16-28 students).............$120
  • 3 Preschool Naturalists (24-42 students).............$180

Printable 2014 Ladybug Walk Schedule

PDF of the 2014 schedule to print