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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 for the entire year.

Upcoming Walks

Date Site Where to meet us
Mar 27 Laurelhurst Park * bus rr Meet on the park side of the Restroom/Office building facing SE Ankeny, one block south of E Burnside and one block west of SE 39th. Bus #20 
April 3 Kelley Point Park * rr From I-5, take Marine Drive west about 4 miles. Take Kelley Point Park Rd to farthest parking lot.
April 10 Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge * bus North parking lot across from 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. From Hwy 99E (McLoughlin Blvd) take the Milwaukie exit and turn right. Bus #19
April 17 Hoyt Arboretum * bus rr Take Hwy 26 to Zoo Exit. Follow road around parking lot to top of hill. Turn right on Fairview Blvd. Pay to Park app & website. Meet at picnic shelter about 500 feet on north side of street. Bus #63 or MAX and Washington Park Shuttle
April 24 Wallace Park * bus rr Near the intersection of NW 25th Ave. and NW Raleigh St. Bus #15
May 1 Pier Park * bus rr Take N Lombard west of I-5 to N Bruce Ave. Turn right and meet at the intersection of N James. Bus #75 or #44
May 8 Woodstock Park * bus SE 47th & Steele. Bus #10
May 15 Maricara Natural Area From I-5 south take exit 295 (Capitol Hwy). Turn right on SW Taylors Ferry Rd, turn right on SW Capitol Hwy, left on SW Hubert, right on SW 35th, left on SW Maricara. Meet at the kiosk.

* = 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?


Printable 2015 Ladybug Walk Schedule

PDF of the 2015 schedule to print