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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Once Registered

Thank you for registering for a True Nature 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. Take a few minutes to read the information, and then make sure to go to our Environmental Education Health Form and fill it out for your child! All children must come to the first day of class with a completed health form. 

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, True Nature, Mentor
    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
    Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Education
    chrissy.larson@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-3601 (office), 503-823-1149 (mobile)

  • Environmental Education office
    503-823-3601 (Questions, feedback, registration needs, can't find the meeting spot)


General Information

Here's what you need to know about our nature classes for children and youth!

Intake Form - CHILD

If possible please bring this competed form with you on the first day of class.

Intake Form - ADULT

For the adults who are "at-home mentors"

What to Bring

Making sure everyone is ready for their day outside!

Meet the Teachers

Take at look at who is leading our current session.

Separation Anxiety

We know many children deal with it, and we are familiar with it. Here are some tips for helping make your child's experience a successful one!

Meeting Sites

There are no buildings - we are in the parks! Here's a list of where to find us...