Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
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.
|Date||Site||Where to meet us|
|July 25||Washington Park * bus rr||
Amphitheater near rose garden (850 SW Rose Garden Blvd.) Bus #63 or MAX and Washington Park Shuttle.
|Aug 1||Kenilworth Park * bus||
Meet at entrance near the intersection of SE 32nd & Cora Dr, just north of Holgate. Bus #17
|Aug 8||Columbia Park * bus rr||
N Lombard west from I-5 to N Woolsey Ave. Turn north and meet at the playground at next corner (N
Winchell). Bus #75
|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.
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.
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.
* = 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...
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:
PDF of the 2014 schedule to print