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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 503-477-1823.

Day of Week Date Location Meeting Spot
Friday April 19 Cully Park South end of the parking lot (about 5 blocks north of NE Killingsworth St on 72nd Ave)
Friday April 26   Laurelhurst Park Restrooms near SE Ankeny Street and Laurelhurst Place
Friday May 3  Gabriel Park - Tennis Courts At tennis courts near SW 45th and SW Nevada St
Friday  May 10  Forest Park - Holman Meadow Park along NW Aspen, NW Franklin, or NW Savier, making sure you are in a legal, public parking spot. Walk uphill on NW Aspen and turn right to get to the Holman Lane park entrance. Look for signs!
Friday  May 17  Rose City Park At picnic tables near NE 62nd and NE Thompson St
Friday  May 24  Farragut Park At the trees near the corner of N Kerby and N Winchell St
Friday  May 31  Westmoreland Park At the picnic tables at the corner of SE 22nd and SE Rex St
Friday  June 7 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  June 14 Spring Garden Park At the paved trail along SW Spring Garden St (just east of SW 35th Ave)
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
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!