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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Tree Time! Preschool Walks 

1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 10 AM

Bring your little one out for a fun and interactive morning walk in the Arboretum. Tree Time! walks introduce youth to the beautiful nature of the arboretum. Each week centers around a new theme to encourage hands-on exploration of plants, streams, bugs, and wildlife. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6. The walks will be led by a volunteer Hoyt Naturalist, who will read a story and end with a craft for the children to take home. No pre-registration necessary, meet in front of the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center dressed for the weather. Walks are held rain or shine. $3 per child. 

December 3: Play in the Rain

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

December 17: Slugs

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

January 7: Coyotes

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

February 4: Decomposers

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

March 4: Owl Senses

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

March 18: Forest Birds 

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

April 1: Camouflage in the Forest 

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 

April 15: Spring Color

10 AM - 12 PM, $3 per child 



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.

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