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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Children's Programs at Hoyt Arboretum



Family Forest Friday at the Arboretum!

Friday, October 13, 9 AM - 4 PM / All Day

School is out for Portland Public Schools on October 13th! Bring the family to the arboretum for a self-guided scavenger hunt and find the answers with your kids as your stroll along the wooded trails and enjoy fall foliage - together, you'll identify trees, explore wildlife, and engage with nature through touch, smell, and feel. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up your free game card and map, then return at the end of your hike to pick up a small prize (one per child). Two versions of the scavenger hunt will be available - one designed for children 8 and under, another version for adolescents. The Visitor Center is open from 9 AM - 4 PM.


Year-Round Guided Tours for Kids

Join our specially trained Hoyt Arboretum Friends KIDS tour guides on an informative 90-minute journey through our tree and plant collections. Each tour guide brings a unique perspective to the tour, so every tour is a new experience, but each includes a fun scavenger hunt, opportunities to connect with nature, and time to talk about what the kids have learned over the day.

Tours are provided for groups of kids including, but not limited to, school groups, scouting troops, homeschool groups, or any other group of at least two kids (with an adult). We like to keep groups to a maximum of 15 students per guide, so if you have a bigger group, please give us time to schedule multiple people!

We ask for a $3/person donation, but if that fee is prohibitive for your group, we can discuss alternatives. Proceeds from the tours help fund educational programs and tree maintenance. 

Tours are scheduled at the availability of groups and guides. We do what we can to be flexible, but the more lead time you can give us the better!

Please email for additional information or to schedule your tour!

Guided field trips, nature walks and preschool/toddler walks can also be scheduled through PP&R’s Environmental Education Office. For more information on topics and ideas, see their webpage here.  


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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