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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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Environmental Education

  • Ladybug Walks (ages 0–6) Drop-in nature walks every Friday (and some Thursdays) at 10:00am.

  • Summer Nature Day Camp (ages 4–12) Plus volunteer and paid summer employment opportunities for ages 13 and up.

  • GRUNT (ages 13–15) Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team

Many Environmental Education programs and activities are canceled through September 2020. 
For updates on cancellations due to COVID-19, please visit

NEW! Children's Field Guide to Bees.  Visit our Nature Homeschool page to view.

NEW! Plant Scavenger Hunt and Activity Page. Visit our Nature Homeschool page to view.

Portland Nature Pocket Guides
During physical distancing, please enjoy these Portland Parks & Recreation Nature Pocket Guides. Nature is right outside your door!

10 Ways for Teens to Connect to Nature during Quarantine

Portland Parks & Recreation offers diverse environmental experiences in our city's parks and natural areas. Classes, guided walks, camps, volunteer opportunities, naturalist training, trail/tree maintenance jobs, and special events focus on the stewardship and connection to our forest, grassland, and water ecosystems throughout the city. From young children to older adults, people of all ages can find active involvement with nature close to home.

Environmental Education Office

Kelly Rosteck, Coordinator for Environmental Education, Teens/Young Adults

Chrissy Larson, Coordinator for Environmental Education, Early Childhood/Youth/Families

Portland Parks & Recreation engages the next generation of environmental leaders through volunteer naturalist training, paid work programs, science-based field trips and stewardship. Check out our many programs below for more information!

If your child is... Then check out...
Age 2-5 Preschool Nature Walks and Summer Nature Camps
Age 5-12 Summer Nature Camps, Ecology Classes, and Ecology-based School Field Trips
Age 13-21 GRUNT and  Youth Conservation Crew