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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Year-Round Field Trips for Youth

Hoyt Arboretum offers hands on, exploratory field trips aimed at connecting students to nature at this unique global forest. We host student groups from 1st grade to 5th grade.

Each field trip is lead by our specially trained Arboretum Naturalists. Students are lead 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 20 students. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 persons, please give at least 3 weeks advance notice. 

Field trip costs are $5/student. 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 the form below or email Emily at emily.lytle@portlandoregon.gov for additional information or to schedule your tour!


Educational Opportunities

Hoyt Arboretum Friends offers various opportunities for to learn about nature and our collection of plants and trees. The following is a partial list of offerings. Follow the links for more complete information.  

Youth Programs

Tours and Self-guided Walks

  • Guided Tours
  • Private Tours
  • Trail Maps for Self-guided Walks
  • Spring Blossom Tour
  • Fall Color Tour
  • Arbor Month