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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 (ages 2–6)

 Ladybug Nature Walks in Portland parks for children ages 0-6

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 and preschoolers (along with a grown-up) who want to investigate nature in Portland’s parks! While exploring with a trained environmental educator, children borrow a small Ladybug backpack that containing a few simple tools that makes exploring nature easy and fun! Walks help connect children to plants, creeks, insects, birds, and animals. All walks last about an hour and are geared for children ages 2-6 (but babies and waddlers are welcome too!)  No pre-registration necessary - just arrive at the meeting spot at 10:00am, 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! 

See where the 2020 walks will take place! 

For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year (2020) available. Find the full 2020 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.

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 503-477-1823.

Day of Week Date Location Meeting Spot
Friday February 7 Fernhill Park Near playground on west side (close to NE Ainsworth & NE 37th Ave) 
Friday February 14 Errol Heights Park At Errol Heights sign & trailhead along SE 45th Ave, between SE Umatilla and Tenino St
Friday February 21 Maricara Natural Area Trailhead on NE entrance to park on SW 25th. Address approx. 10440 SW 25th Ave.
Friday February 28 Forest Park - Holman Meadow Park along NW Aspen, NW Franklin, or NW Savier, making sure you are in a legal, public spot. Walk uphill on NW Aspen, turn right at Holman Lane park entrance. Look for signs!
Friday March 6 Columbia Children's Arboretum At the east entrance on Meadow Dr (South of Marine Dr on NE 13th Ave, then west on Meadow Dr to the unmarked gravel road. Look for signs!)
Friday March 13 Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge At the north parking lot near SE Milwaukie Ave & 99E (across from 5040 SE Milwaukie)
Friday March 20 Willamette Park Meet at southern end of the park: Enter off SW Nebraska, turn right, and drive past the boat launch parking lot and the tennis courts to the farthest lot. 
Friday March 27 Cathedral Park At the restrooms near the boat launch (one block from N Baltimore Ave & N Crawford St)
Friday April 3 Whitaker Ponds Natural Area At the covered gazebo on NE 47th, 1 block north of NE Columbia Blvd (7040 NE 47th)
Friday April 10 Creston Park At the trees by the parking lot (SE 43rd Ave and SE Rhone St.)
Friday April 17 Marshall Park Near playground  on SW 12 Dr (off SW Taylor’s Ferry Ct)
Friday April 24 Ventura Park Near parking lot at SE 113th Ave, just north of SE Stark St
Friday May 1 Irving Park - Tennis Courts Near the tennis courts along NE 7th Ave (near intersection of NE Fargo St & 7th)
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!