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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Birding Hikes for the Whole Family

These guided walks provide opportunities for parents and children to learn a new outdoor skill together. Each session covers a new topic and includes activities to strengthen your birding skills. The Arboretum provides loan binoculars and field guides, or participants are welcome to bring their own. What better way to have family time than learning in nature together?

Each program will meet at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center and include a short walk on soft surface trails (up to 0.5 miles). Family Bird Walks are geared toward students ages 5 - 12 years old accompanied by an adult. Family Bird Walks are scheduled every second Saturday from April through October.

About the instructor: Longtime birder and teacher Laura Whittemore loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She has taught classes for Audubon Society of Portland and previously worked for Backyard Bird Shop.

Group size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for adults and youth ages 5-12 years old. $7/attendee. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the walk date. 


Family Bird Walk - Saturday, April 13, 10-11:30am

Member / Non-Member


Family Bird Walk - Saturday, May 11, 10-11:30am

Member / Non-Member

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

Partnership Events

  • Arborists in the Arboretum