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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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General Information

On the first day of your class, our mentors will be available to greet you and your child, make sure we have all needed health information, and help them feel comfortable. Arriving 5-10 minutes early the first day will help this process go faster. Chrissy Larson, Program Coordinator, will be on-site periodically to support the staff as needed.

Lil Nature Kids classes require a minimum of 6 children to proceed, and True Nature classes require a minimum of 9 children to proceed.  Please help us fill the spots by inviting a friend, posting on Facebook or talking about classes in your social circles!

Learn more at portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/650275.


Bathrooms
Yes, bathrooms are available during our classes. That said, we recognize that many of our participants are young and recently potty trained. We can easily recognize the "potty dance," and we frequently check in to see if children need to go. 

The ideal bathroom scenario...we request that you come to the park five minutes early and have your child use the bathroom at the park, instead of going at home. We are generally closest to the bathrooms at the beginning and end of class, and if your child has not gone to the bathroom for an hour or so before arriving, they will probably have to go when we are the farthest distance away! If we can get to a real bathroom, we will, but in situations where children can not make it back to a bathroom, we will help them choose a "tree potty" to prevent them from having an accident. This is totally fine with us! We will do everything possible to make sure your child is cared for the in the same way you would care for them! 


Safety
We’re so glad your child is signed up for Lil Nature Kids or True Nature! All children MUST have completed health information on the first day of class. Environmental Education is a pilot site at PP&R for ePACT, an online health information system. Once registered, you will receive an invitation to ePACT which will link you to the site to create an account and fill out all needed health and emergency information for your child. Children who do not have their ePACT information completed by the first day of class will be asked to do a temporary paper form. (Found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/657231) Please then go back and fill out the online information with ePACT before the second day of class. 

For parents who are volunteering with True Nature, we ask that you fill out a parent health form as well. You can find it at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/657233
Thanks for your patience as our staff greets each child and makes sure all paperwork is in order. Arriving 5-10 minutes early the first day will help this process go faster.


Schedule
If you have a morning where you are running unavoidably late or there is a day when your child will not be attending, please call Guru Surya's cell phone at 503-341-9320 to let her know. If you can't reach her, please contact Chrissy Larson at 503-823-1149 and the message will get passed on.


Class Information
Our programs are very active, and we are outside rain or shine. Children should be dressed for the weather, remembering some sites can be cooler and foggy in the mornings. Children will spend three hours exploring the park, walking the trails, investigating nature, playing games and eating lunch. If you are dropping off your child with us, we recommend that you read this page on our website for some tips and ideas! We have been doing this a long time, and we work with all types of children. If your child is anxious, we can help! Just ask!


Withdrawal Policy 
For a full refund, children must be withdrawn from a class at least seven days before the first day of class.