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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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2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Ladybug Walks (ages 2–6)

All Environmental Education programs, including the Ladybug Walks, are canceled until further notice. As soon as we are able to resume them, we will post information below.
For updates on cancellations due to COVID-19, please visit


Ladybug Nature Walks in Portland parks for children ages 0-6

Join us for a drop-in Ladybug Walk on a Thursday or Friday morning, mid-February through mid-November! Ladybug Walks are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers (along with a grown-up) who want to investigate nature in Portland’s parks! While exploring with a trained environmental educator, children borrow a small Ladybug backpack that containing a few simple tools that makes exploring nature easy and fun! Walks help connect children to plants, creeks, insects, birds, and animals. All walks last about an hour and are geared for children ages 2-6 (but babies and waddlers are welcome too!)  No pre-registration necessary - just arrive at the meeting spot at 10:00am, rain or shine! Cost is on a sliding scale ($3, $5, or $8 per participating child), no charge for adults – choose what works best for your family! 

For more info, call 503-823-1149. 

To see what the walks are like (and get a glimpse of that ladybug backpack available to borrow), click here!

We offer weekly walks for the general public, but we ask that preschool groups, classrooms, and organizations with more than five children schedule a group Ladybug Walk. Click here for more information on scheduling a customized Group Ladybug Walks.

All Ladybug Walks begin at 10am and go for about an hour. If you need to leave early because "it's just not working today," we totally understand! If you can’t find the group the day of the walk or are confused where to meet, please call or text 503-477-1823.

Day of Week Date Location Meeting Spot
When walks resume, we will post all meeting information here...      
If you can’t find the group the day of the walk or are confused where to meet, please call or text 503-823-1149.

Bathrooms at most parks are open April - October. Some are open all year. Some have porta-potties available. Some sites have no bathrooms available, and some sites might have bathrooms that are not unlocked until late morning. In general, we suggest you "go" before you show up, just in case!