Please call PP&R’s Environmental Education office with any questions about these programs at 503.823.3601.
Give your students an exciting learning experience in nature! Our naturalists are highly trained and experienced (many holding or pursuing advanced degrees in education and/or ecological topics). Lessons contain a combination of large group learning, small group exploration, and individual engagement. We believe in:
• Helping children, youth, and teens find a personal connection to nature.
• Modeling and teaching about a sense of stewardship toward our parks and natural areas.
• Being outside in any kind of weather!
Visit Portland Parks & Recreation’s Environmental Education School & Group Program page to learn more.
Ladybug Walks give children age 2-5 a chance to explore with our highly-trained, specialized Preschool Naturalists. Not only do our Preschool Naturalists know nature, they also know what makes young children tick! Children borrow our sought-after Ladybug Backpacks for their walk while they engage in nature exploration, learning, and play. Ladybug Walks last for 60 minutes and can be done at Hoyt Arboretum (or another Portland Parks and Recreation park or natural area). Visit Portland Parks and Recreation’s Environmental Education Ladybug Walk page to learn more.
Hoyt Arboretum is a wonderful place for families to explore together and discover a world of trees and plants just 2 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. 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.
Become a Tree Buddy