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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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



2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Ladybug Walks


Ladybug Nature Walks (geared for children ages 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 general public, but we ask that preschool groups, classrooms, and organizations with more than 5 children schedule a private Ladybug Walk. More information on Private Ladybug Walks.

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 (2016).

Upcoming Walks

Date Site Meeting Location    NOTE: **GPS or a mobile app may take you to a different area!**
Sept 16 Gabriel Park BUS RR **Please note meeting spot: Meet at tennis courts near the parking lot adjacent to SW 45th & Nevada. Bus #1
Sept 23 Rose City Park ST BUS Meet near NE 62nd & Thompson. Bus #71 to 57th & Thompson
Sept 30 Forest Park - Newton Rd Follow NW Skyline Blvd northwest of Germantown Rd. Turn north on Newton Rd. Follow gravel road to end.
Oct 7 Creston Park ST BUS RR From SE Powell Blvd, turn south on SE 42nd, left on SE Rhone. Parking lot at the end of Rhone. Bus #9 to Powell & 42nd.
Oct 14 April Hill Park ST RR **Please note meeting spot: From SW Vermont St, take SW 60th Ave south, then take SW Miles St east and meet at the end of SW Miles Street.
Oct 21 Columbia Park N Lombard west from I-5 to N Woolsey Ave. Turn north and meet at the playground at the next corner (N Winchell). Bus #75
Oct 28 Woodlawn Park From I-5, go east on Portland Blvd to MLK Blvd. Go north one block and turn east on Dekum. Meet at the entrance by the corner of NE Oneonta & Claremont. Bus #8 or #75
Nov 4 Mt Tabor Park Meet at the shelter near the parking lot. From the intersection of SE Yamhill & SE 69th, turn right and go up the hill to the parking lot by the bathroom building. Bus #15 & #71 (#71 drops at SE 60th & Salmon - take the trail up the hill)

Key to Abbreviations:
ST = stroller friendly
BUS = TriMet transportation available. May involve walking a few blocks. Please check routes.
RR = restroom or port-a-potty available

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A short Ladybug Walk video...