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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Children's Nature Programs

  • True Nature Year-round Nature Mentoring for Children. Next session begins Jan 30!

  • Ladybug Walks Public walks every Thursday and Friday at 10am - rain or shine!

  • Lil Nature Kids Hands-on nature classes for ages 3-5 begin January 29.

Nature classes are fun for children of any age!

Click HERE for the current class schedule

If your child is... Then check out...
Age 2-5 Ladybug Walk, Little Nature Kids and/or True Nature
Age 3-13 Little Nature Kids and/or True Nature
Age 11-21 Teen Environmental Education and/or True Nature

Ladybug Nature Walks (age 2-5)

For preschoolers and parents. Explore nature in Portland parks with trained naturalists! All walks begin at 10:00 AM on Fridays, mid-February through early November, rain or shine. $4 per preschooler, no charge for adults. For more info, call 503-823-3601. Ladybug Walk page


True Nature: Nature Mentoring for Children and a Grown-up (age 3-13 plus grown-ups)

It is our True Nature to be at peace. It is our True Nature to express our gifts. It is our True Nature to be in harmony with the Earth.

This class - with fall, winter and spring sessions - is for children ages 3-12 (and their families!) Guided by trained adult mentors, True Nature fosters connection to place, others and self. Classes meet at Mt Tabor Park, rain or shine, and utilize exploration, stories, songs, and curiosity to develop a strong sense of place. The learning is in the doing!


We also offer school field trips for early childhood students!

Looking for a way to complement your classroom learning topics? Contact us to custom design a school field trip and get your students outdoors! Lessons are taught by experienced teachers in small groups and help bring ecological concepts alive with hands-on activities, games, exploration, and hiking. Information about rates and topics can be found on our School and Group Programs page. Call 503-823-3601 to chat about available dates and lesson possibilities.