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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Please call the PP&R’s Environmental Education office with any questions about these programs at 503.823.3601.

Lil' Nature Kids 


Children ages 3-6 explore nature with Portland Parks & Recreation preschool naturalists.

Lil’ Nature Kids for ages 3-5
Wednesday Mornings - 9:30am to 11:30am

Early Spring session: April 2 - 23
Late Spring session: April 30 - May 21
Summer session: July 30 - Aug 20

Lil’ Nature Kids for ages 4-6
Wednesday Afternoons - 1pm to 3pm

Summer session: July 30 - Aug 20

Nature School!

Children ages 5-8 learn about Pacific Northwest ecology using art, science, literature, exploration, games and play.

Tuesdays Mid-Day - 10am - 1pm

Early Spring session: April 1 - 22
Late Spring session: April 29 - May 20

Rockin' Robins

A shorter version of Nature Day Camp for younger campers.

July 7 – 11
July 21 – 25

Summer Nature Day Camp

Youngsters under the age of 14 disappear into the woods and wild spaces of Portland as they explore nature under the guidance of experienced staff.

June 23 - 27
July 7 - 11
July 21 - 25
Aug 4 - 8
Aug 18 - 22


Information for families

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 187-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 the 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