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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

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Arbor Month Family Days at Hoyt Arboretum

While many places celebrate Arbor Day and Oregon celebrates Arbor Week, at Hoyt Arboretum, we celebrate our global collection of trees throughout the entire month of April, including several family days aimed for adventure, exploration, and celebration. We'll also be celebrating the Arboretum's 90th birthday at the end of the month with birthday cake, stories, and family fun, and you're invited! See our Upcoming Events for a full list of Arbor Month activities, including tours, classes, and volunteer events.

 

Tree Time! Preschool Walk - The Forest Is Alive! 

Monday, April 2
10 AM
Free During Arbor Month

Bring your little one out for a fun and interactive morning walk to explore the forested trails at Hoyt Arboretum. This Tree Time! walk will investigate the difference between living and nonliving elements in the forest, and introduce ideas about the role they each play in the environment.

Tree Time! walks introduce youth to the beauty and wonder of nature at the Arboretum. Each week has a different theme to encourage hands-on exploration of plants, streams, bugs, and wildlife. Walks are geared for children ages 2-6 and led by a volunteer Hoyt Naturalist, who will read a story and end with a craft to take home. No pre-registration necessary, meet in front of the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center dressed for the weather. Walks are held rain or shine.

 

Family Forest Day

Friday, April 13 
9am-1pm 
Free During Arbor Month

School is out for Portland Public Schools on April 13th! Bring the family to the Arboretum for a self-guided scavenger hunt and find the answers with your kids as you stroll along the wooded trails - together, you'll identify trees, explore wildlife, and engage with nature through the shapes and colors in the Arboretum. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up your free game card and map, then return at the end of your walk to pick up a small prize between 9 AM and 1 PM. 

 

Tree Time! Preschool Walk - Discovering Dinosaurs

Monday, April 23
10 AM
Free During Arbor Month

Bring your little one out for a fun and interactive morning walk exploring the forested trails at Hoyt Arboretum. On this Tree Time! walk, step back into the time of the dinosaurs to explore, feel, and touch some of the ancient plants of the Arboretum.

Tree Time! walks introduce youth to the beauty and wonder of nature at the Arboretum. Each week has a different theme to encourage hands-on exploration of plants, streams, bugs, and wildlife. Walks are geared for children ages 2-6 and led a volunteer Hoyt Naturalist, who will read a story and end with a craft for to take home. No pre-registration necessary, meet in front of the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center dressed for the weather. Walks are held rain or shine.  

 

Birthday Party for the Trees! Hoyt Arboretum's 90th Birthday 

Saturday, April 28 
10 AM - 12 pm
Free! 

Join us for mid-morning family fun to celebrate Hoyt Arboretum’s 90th Birthday! Festivities include storytime with Timber Joey from the Timbers on the Redwood Deck, followed by cake, crafts, tree seedlings, entertainment by local musician Mo Phillips, and stories to celebrate 90 years of loving trees at Hoyt Arboretum.

If you come for the party, stay for the annual Spring Color Tour leaving at noon, or come early for some cake before the tour leaves the Visitor Center to see spring highlights around the 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 tours@hoytarboretum.org 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.