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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 2019 (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 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 2019 walks will take place! 

For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year (2019) available. Find the full 2019 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 503-823-1149.

Day of Week Date Location Meeting Spot
Friday February 8 Alberta Park Trees near NE 20th Avenue and Killingsworth Street
Friday February 15  Kelley Point Park Furthest parking lot on N Kelley Point Park Rd (off Marine Drive, 4 miles west of I-5)
Friday February 22  Powell Butte Nature Park Visitor’s center, up the hill from SE 162nd Avenue and Powell Blvd
Friday  March 1  Marshall Park Near playground on SW 12th Drive (off SW Taylor’s Ferry Court)
Friday  March 8  Kenilworth Park East entrance just north of SE 34th Avenue and Holgate Blvd
Friday  March 15  Wallace Park Entrance/sidewalk at NW 25th Avenue and Quimby Street
Friday  March 22  Whitaker Ponds Natural Area  Covered gazebo on NE 47th Avenue, 1 block north of NE Columbia Blvd (7040 NE 47th Avenue)
Friday  March 29  Creston Park  Trees by the parking lot (SE 43rd Avenue and Rhone Street)
Friday  April 5 Hoyt Arboretum Covered pavilion across from the visitor’s center (4000 SW Fairview Blvd)
Friday  April 12  Overlook Park Trees at the intersection of N Longview and Overlook Blvd
Friday  April 19  Cully Park South end of the parking lot (about 5 blocks north of NE Killingsworth Street on 72nd Avenue)
Friday  April 26  Laurelhurst Park Restrooms near SE Ankeny Street 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!