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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 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 503-477-1823.

Day of Week Date Location Meeting Spot
Friday June 21 NO WALK Summer Staff Training Week - Sorry our staff is not available to lead a walk!
Friday June 28 Lents Park At the parking lot near intersection of SE 89th Ave and SE Steele St (near community garden)
Friday July 5 Pier Park At the cul-de-sac at the intersection of N Bruce Ave and N James St
Friday  July 12 Fernhill Park Near playground on west side (close to NE Ainsworth & NE 37th Ave)
Friday  July 19 Council Crest Park At the stone circle at the top of the hill, uphill from SW Council Crest Dr
Friday  July 26 Sellwood Riverfront Park At the restrooms near the parking lot along Oaks Park Way (just off SE Spokane St)
Friday  Aug 2 April Hill Park Near the soccer field 1 block east of SW 59th Ave & SW Miles St (park on street)
Friday  Aug 9 Cathedral Park At the restrooms near the boat launch (one block from N Baltimore Ave & N Crawford St)
Friday  Aug 16 Berkeley Park Near the tennis courts along SE Cesar Chavez, between SE Bybee & SE Evergreen
Friday  Aug 23 Irving Park - Tennis Courts Near the tennis courts along NE 7th Ave (near intersection of NE Fargo St & 7th)
Friday  Aug 30 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  Sep 5 Kelley Point Park At the furthest parking lot on N Kelley Point Park Rd (off Marine Dr, 4 miles west of I-5)
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!