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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Ladybug Walks 2018 (ages 2-6)

 Ladybug Nature Walks in Portland parks for children ages 2-6

Join us for a drop-in Ladybug Walk on a Thursday or Friday morning, mid-February through mid-November! Ladybug Walks are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups who want to investigate nature in Portland’s parks! While exploring with a trained environmental educator, children borrow at small Ladybug backpack that contains a few simple tools that make discovering nature easy and fun! Walks introduce children to plants, creeks, insects, birds, and animals. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6 and last about an hour. No pre-registration necessary - just arrive at the meeting spot at 10am, rain or shine! Cost is on a sliding scale ($3, $5, or $8 per participating child), no charge for adults – choose what works best for your family! 

For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year (2018) available. Find the full 2018 schedule in English here: To see what the walks are like (and get a glimpse of that ladybug backpack available to borrow), click here!

We offer weekly walks for the general public, but we ask that preschool groups, classrooms, and organizations with more than five children schedule a private Ladybug WalkMore information on Private Ladybug Walks.

2018 Ladybug Paseos  ¡Conéctese con la naturaleza en los parques y áreas naturales de Portland!

Explore la naturaleza en los parques de Portland. Los naturalistas animan a los niños a tener curiosidad en nuestros parques. No es necesario el pre-registro, sólo se reúnen en el lugar indicado aquí! Los paseos están orientados para niños de 2-6 años Costo = $3-8/niño (lo que ud. permite). Si usted no puede encontrarnos o tiene preguntas sobre los paseos, llame o text a Chrissy (503) 823-1149!

Parques con ** en español y inglés. Por favor encuentre el calendario 2018 en Español aquí:

All Ladybug Walks begin at 10am and go for about an hour. If you need to leave early because "it's just not working today," we totally understand! If you can’t find the group the day of the walk or are confused where to meet, please call or text 503-823-1149.

Walks denoted by **Location** will be offered in English and Spanish
Day of Week Date Location Meeting Spot
Thursday March 1 Wallace Park Meet at the entrance/sidewalk at NW 25th Avenue and NW Quimby Street
Friday  March 2 **Alberta Park** (Bilingual Walk) Meet at the trees near NE 20th Avenue and NE Killingsworth Street
Thursday March 8 Whitaker Ponds Natural Area Meet at the covered gazebo on NE 47th Avenue, one block north of NE
Columbia Blvd (7040 NE 47th Avenue) 
Friday March 9 Tideman-Johnson Natural Area Meet at the restrooms near intersection of SE Johnson Creek
Blvd and the Springwater Corridor Trail (next to 4403 SE Johnson Creek Blvd) 
Thursday March 15 Kenilworth Park Meet near the playground on SE 32nd Ave (1 block north of SE Holgate Blvd)
Friday March 16 Pendelton Park Meet near SW Iowa & SW 55th Dr (just west of Hayhurst School)
Thursday March 22 Rose City Park Meet at the picnic tables near NE 62nd and NE Thompson St
Friday March 23 **Powell Butte Nature Park** (Bilingual Walk) Meet at the visitor's center up from SE Powell and 162nd
Thursday March 29 Gabriel Park - Tennis Courts Meet at the tennis courts near SW 45th and Nevada St
Friday March 30 Laurelhurst Park Meet near the bathroom building at SE Ankeny and Laurelhurst Place
If you can’t find the group the day of the walk or are confused where to meet, please call or text 503-823-1149.

Bathrooms at most parks are open April - October. Some are open all year. Some have porta-potties available. Some sites have no bathrooms available, and some sites might have bathrooms that are not unlocked until late morning. In general, we suggest you "go" before you show up, just in case!