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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204



2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Ladybug Walks

Ladybug Nature Walks (geared for children ages 2-5)

Ladybug Walks are perfect for preschoolers and parents who want to explore nature in Portland's parks with trained preschool naturalists! Children are guided along the trails of various parks in all corners of the city by an Environmental Educator. Walks go at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants, and animals.

Join us for a drop-in Ladybug Walk on a Thursday or Friday morning, mid-February through mid-November! All walks begin at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. No pre-registration required. $4 per preschooler suggested, no charge for adults. For more info, call 503-823-3601. Printable schedule for the entire year (2017). 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 Walk. More information on Private Ladybug Walks.

Upcoming Walks - 2017 Walks all begin at 10am and go for about an hour (And if you need to leave early because "it's just not working today," we totally understand!)

 Day of Week  Date  Location  Meeting Spot
 Thursday Mar 23 Gabriel Park - Tennis Courts **Note meeting spot: At tennis courts near SW 45th and SW Nevada St
 Friday Mar 24 Fernhill Park **Note meeting spot: Near playground on west side of the park (close to NE Ainsworth & NE 37th Ave)
 Thursday Mar 30 Rose City Park At picnic tables near NE 62nd and NE Thompson St
 Friday Mar 31 Laurelhurst Park **Note meeting spot: At restrooms near SE Ankeny & Laurelhurst Pl
 Thursday Apr 6 Forest Park - Lower Macleay At covered picnic area near NW 29th & Upshur (2960 NW Upshur)
 Friday Apr 7 Pendleton Park Near SW Iowa St & SW 55th Dr (just west of Hayhurst School)
Thursday Apr 13 Cathedral Park At the restrooms near the boat launch (one block from N Baltimore Ave & N Crawford St)
Friday Apr 14 Wallace Park At the entrance/sidewalk at NW 25th Ave and NW Quimby St
Thursday Apr 20 Creston Park At the trees by the parking lot (SE 43rd Ave and SE Rhone St)
Friday Apr 21 Hoyt Arboretum At the covered pavilion across from the Visitor’s Center (4000 SW Fairview Blvd)
Thursday Apr 27 April Hill Park At the baseball diamond 1 block east of SW 59th Ave & SW Miles St (park on street)
Friday Apr 28 Alberta Park **Note meeting spot: At the trees near NE 20th Ave & NE Killingsworth St

Bathrooms at most parks are open April - October. Some are open all year. Some have porta-potties available. During the winter, early spring, and late fall months, we suggest you "go" before you show up, just in case!

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A short Ladybug Walk video...