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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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Once Registered

Thank you for registering for a True Nature or Lil Nature Kids class. Here's all the information you need to know! Below you will find links to information about where to meet, what to bring, what to expect and who will be teaching the classes.

Environmental Education is a pilot site for using ePACT, an online health information system. Once you are registered for the class, you will receive an invitation to ePACT (if you don't see it, check your spam!). Please click the link in the invite, create an account, and then take the time needed to fill out all the important health and emergency information for your child(ren). As a final step, please make sure to share all your child's information with our program so we have access to it in an emergency. Filling out the info does take some time, but here the good news - once you're in the system, you're in! If you sign up for classes or camps with us in the future, all you need to do is update and re-share your information. Children who are not in ePACT by the first day of class should fill out a temporary paper form (Environmental Education Health Form), but then please go back and complete the online process in ePACT for your child before the next day of class.  

The Environmental Education Coordinator for this program is Chrissy Larson. Feel free to contact Chrissy or the Environmental Education office with questions, feedback or concerns.


Important Contact Information

  • GuruSurya Stenson, Mentor and Naturalist (True Nature and Lil Nature Kids)
    Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Education 
    gurusurya.stenson@portlandoregon.gov, 503-341-9320
    Call or text with questions, feedback, and/or if your child will be absent or unavoidably late. Phones have no caller ID, so make sure you leave a name and return number.

  • Chrissy Larson, Coordinator/Program Lead
    Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Education
    chrissy.larson@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-3601 (office), 503-823-1149 (cell phone/texts accepted)
    Call or text if you have program feedback, registration or withdrawal questions, or ideas for new programs. Phones have no caller ID, so make sure you leave a name and return number.

  • Environmental Education Office
    enviroed@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-3601
    2909 SW 2nd Ave, Portland Oregon 97201


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