Young children walking through the forest

Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation to support Hoyt Arboretum.

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Youth Programs at Hoyt Arboretum


Year-Round Guided Tours for Youth

Join our specially trained Arboretum Naturalist on an informative 90-minute journey through our tree and plant collections. Our field trips are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Trips will have a main focus on the adaptations and life cycles of trees that make them survive, grow and reproduce.

Field trips are provided for groups of youth including, but not limited to, school groups, scouting troops, homeschool groups, or any other group of at least five kids (with an adult). We can accommodate groups of up to 60 persons, please give at least 3 weeks advance notice. 

We ask for a $3/person suggested donation. Proceeds from the tours help fund educational programs and tree maintenance. Scholarships are available for Title I schools for transportation and trip fees.

Please fill out this form or email for additional information or to schedule your tour!

Information for families

Hoyt Arboretum is a wonderful place for families to explore together and discover a world of trees and plants just two miles west of downtown Portland.

Easily accessible by car, bus or light rail from anywhere in the Portland Metro area, Hoyt Arboretum offers parents a 189-acre "living classroom" in which to teach children about trees, plants and the natural world.

Hoyt Arboretum is home to a collection of more than 6,000 trees representing over 2,000 species from around the world, 63 of which are vulnerable or endangered. A Visitor Center in the heart of Hoyt Arboretum offers visitor services, a research library, educational brochures, trail maps, a children's activity map and a small gift shop.

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