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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Tours & Walks in the Arboretum

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 volunteer@hoytarboretum.org 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.  


Registration for PP&R's Summer 2017 Nature Day Camp begins at 5:30am on February 27! For more information or to register, please click here

2017 Nature Day Camp - Preschool & Youth Camps

Preschool Camp Schedule (for children ages 3.75-6)

July 10-14 - Nature's Kitchen

August 14-18 - Hunting for Treasure

August 21-25 - Imaginations Gone Wild!

Youth Camp Schedule (for children ages 5-12)

June 26-June 30 - Nature Day Camp: Animals - Adapt or Die! (5-9 yrs), DIY Nature: Leather Crafting (10-12 yrs)

July 10-14 - Nature Day Camp: Plant Potions (5-9 yrs), DIY Nature: Salve & Natural Dies (10-12 yrs)

July 17-21 - Nature Day Camp: Look Mom, No Spine! (5-9 yrs), DIY Nature: Wool Processing (10-12 yrs)

August 7-11 - Nature Day Camp: Let's Wing It! (5-9 yrs), DIY Nature: Building Bird Houses (10-12 yrs)

August 14-18 - Nature Day Camp: You Are Here (5-9 yrs), DIY Nature: Mapping the Forest (10-12 yrs)

August 21-25 - Nature Day Camp: Imagine, Invent, Inspire! (5-9  yrs), DIY Nature: Simple Machines/Loose Parts (10-12 yrs) 

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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