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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204



2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Ladybug Walks

Friday's Ladybug Nature Walk @ Columbia Children's Arboretum (August 4) is cancelled due to the prolonged heat and the unhealthy level of air quality. We'll see you next week! For more information on closures at Portland Parks & Recreation, please visit

Ladybug Nature Walks (geared for children ages 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.

Join us for a drop-in Ladybug Walk on a Thursday or Friday morning, mid-February through mid-November! All walks begin at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. No pre-registration required. $4 per preschooler suggested, no charge for adults. For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year (2017). 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 Walk. More information on Private Ladybug Walks.

Upcoming Walks - 2017 Walks all begin at 10am and go for about an hour (And if you need to leave early because "it's just not working today," we totally understand!)

 Day of Week  Date  Location  Meeting Spot
Thursday May 18 Mt Tabor Park At the picnic shelter across from the playground
Friday May 19 Maricara Natural Area NOTE MEETING SPOT! At the kiosk along SW 25th Ave (2 blocks south of SW Huber St)
Thursday May 25 Council Crest Park At the stone circle at the top of the hill, uphill from SW Council Crest Dr
Friday May 26 Powell Butte Nature Park At the visitor's center, up the hill from SE 162nd Ave and Powell Blvd
Friday  June 2 Brentwood Park At the trees near SE 62nd and SE Cooper St
Friday June 9 Washington Park - Rose Garden NOTE! PAY TO PARK! AT the amphitheater near the rose garden (850 SW Rose Garden Blvd)
Friday  June 16  Lents Park At the parking lot near the intersection of SE 89th & Steele St (near the community garden) 
Friday June 23 Grant Park  NOTE MEETING SPOT! AT the east side entrance (NE 36th & Brazee St) 

Bathrooms at most parks are open April - October. Some are open all year. Some have porta-potties available. During the winter, early spring, and late fall months, we suggest you "go" before you show up, just in case!

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A short Ladybug Walk video...