Family walking in the woods

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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Activities for Families & Children

boy-in-arboretum.jpgHoyt 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 your children about trees, plants and the natural world. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a free Meet-the-Trees activity map and enjoy the interpretive panels along the trails.

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 the arboretum offers visitor services, a research library, educational brochures, trail maps, a children's activity map, snacks and a small gift shop.

Portland Parks & Recreation offers summer Nature Day Camps at the arboretum. Hoyt Arboretum Friends offers tours for school groups and other programs for children at the arboretum throughout the year.

Year-round Field Trips Programs

Children's Activity Map

1-Mile Route Suitable for Strollers

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