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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

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 Sep 7 Wallace Park Meet at the entrance/sidewalk at NW 25th & NW Quimby St
Friday Sep 8 Sellwood Riverfront Park Meet at the restrooms near the parking lot along Oaks Park Way (just off SE Spokane St)
Thursday Sep 14 Pendleton Park Meet near SW Iowa St & SW 55th Dr (just west of Hayhurst School)
Friday Sep 15 Rose City Park Meet at the picnic tables near NE 62nd and NE Thompson St
Thursday Sep 21 Tideman-Johnson Natural Area Meet at restrooms near intersection of SE Johnson Creek Blvd & Springwater Corridor Trail (next to 4403 SE Johnson Creek Blvd)
Friday Sep 22 Gabriel Park - Tennis Courts Meet at the tennis courts near SW 45th and SW Nevada St
Thursday Sep 28 Irving Park - Tennis Courts Near the tennis courts along NE 7th Ave (near intersection of NE Fargo St. & 7th)
Friday Sep 29 Forest Park - Newton Road Follow NW Skyline Blvd northwest of Germantown Rd. Turn north onto Newton Rd. and follow gravel road to the small parking area at the end of road.

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...