1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
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!
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 Walk. More 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!