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Portland Parks & Recreation

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 October 11 Fernhill Park Meet near the playground on the west side of the park (close to NE 37th and Ainsworth) 
Friday October 12 Berkeley Park Meet near the tennis courts at SE Cesar Chavez, between SE Bybee and Evergreen
Thursday October 18 April Hill Park Meet near the soccer field 1 block east of SW 59th Ave and SW Miles St
Friday October 19 Columbia Park Meet at the picnic tables by the playground (N Woolsey Ave and N Winchell St) 
Thursday October 25 Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge  Meet at the north parking lot near SE Milwaukie Ave and Mitchell St
Friday October 26 Luuwit View Park Meet at the covered pavilion near the parking lot at the south side of the park (NE Fremont and 127th) 
Thursday November 1 Irving Park - Tennis Courts  Meet near the tennis courts along NE 7th Ave (near NE Fargo St)
Friday November 2 Woods Memorial Natural Area Meet at the intersection of SW Wood Pkwy and Plum St (N or SW 46th Ave, off Taylor's Ferry Rd) 
Thursday November 8 Laurelhurst Park Meet at the restroom building near SE Ankeny and Laurelhurst Place 
Friday  November 9 Woodlawn Park Meet near the playground on NE Claremont Ave between NE Oneonta St and NE Winona St 
Thursday November 15 Hoyt Arboretum Meet at the covered pavilion across from the visitor's center (4000 SW Fairview Blvd)
Friday -
OF 2018! 
November 16 Mt. Tabor Park Meet at the covered picnic shelter by the playground (up the hill and to the right from SE 69th and Yamhill) 
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!