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The City of Portland, Oregon

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
Friday May 25 Fernhill Park Meet near the playground on the west side of the park (close to NE Ainsworth and NE 37th Ave)
Friday June 1 Brentwood Park Meet at the trees near SE 62nd and Copper St
Friday June 8 Hoyt Arboretum Meet at the covered pavilion across from the Visitor's Center (4000 SW Fairview Blvd)
Friday June 15 Alberta Park Meet at the trees near NE 20th and Killingsworth St
Friday June 22  No walk  
Friday June 29 Cathedral Park Meet at the restrooms near the boat launch (one glock from N Baltimore Ave and Crowford St)
Friday July 6 Kenilworth Park Meet near the playground on SE 32nd Ave, 1 block north of Holgate Blvd
Friday July 13 Knott Park Meet at the parking lot near NE 112th and NE Russell St
Friday  July 20 Council Crest Park Meet at the stone circle at the top of the hill, uphill from SW Council Crest Drive
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!