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Ladybug Nature Walks | Custom Group Walks (ages 2-6)

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Our Ladybug Nature Walks are easily customizable to offer your group of young children a chance to explore a nearby park on a day and time that works for you.

COVID-19 Update - Face Coverings

Due to Oregon state mandates, face coverings are required indoors and outdoors for everyone ages five and up, and are highly recommended for children ages 2 to 5 who can appropriately wear one. 

Nature education programs are small gatherings of children and adults where physical distance cannot be guaranteed.

For more information, see Mask Recommendations and Requirements from Oregon Health Authority.


Custom Group Ladybug Walks

Custom walks are a great option for preschool classes or groups of families with young children. 

Walks are great for preschool or kindergarten classes, daycare groups, playgroups, and birthday parties! Walks are 90 min long, geared for children ages 2-6, and can take place at most Portland parks or natural areas. We’ll work with you to choose one that makes sense! 

Ladybug Nature Walks are a way for children ages 2-6 (and their parents, caregivers, or teachers) to explore a local Portland park. Nature educators guide children to notice plants and animals. Walks are child-directed and open-ended. Nature educators walk with the children in small groups. Children learn through questions, observation, and play. Groups move slowly through the park, stopping often. In this way, children have time to notice the plants and animals around them. If we have extra time we might also read a story, sing a song, or use puppets for imaginative play.

Walks last 90 minutes. Content is geared for children ages 2-6. (Children under 2 also welcome at no charge. Please keep older siblings at home.) 

While exploring with a nature educator, children borrow a small Ladybug backpack containing a few tools that are easy to clean:

  • Magnifying lens
  • Small plastic tub with a lid
  • Metal Spoon
  • Laminated color wheel for matching
  • Plastic Bug box
  • Plastic paintbrush
  • Small toy insect for imaginative play

For more information, email enviroed@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-1149. 

We offer weekly walks for the general public, but we ask that preschool groups, classrooms, and organizations with more than three children schedule a customized group Ladybug WalkFind information about customized group Ladybug Walks here

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COVID-19: Requirements and recommendations to participate

All children and adults will need to be able to follow these guidelines to participate in a walk:

  • Face Coverings: Due to state mandates, face coverings are required indoors and outdoors for everyone ages 5+, and are highly recommended for children ages 2-5 who can appropriately wear one. Ladybug Nature Walks are small gatherings of children and adults where physical distance cannot be guaranteed and all participants are unvaccinated. For more information, see the State of Oregon Indoor/Outdoor Mask Mandate
  • Contain the spread of COVID-19. If someone in the household of any participant (child or adult) has a positive or presumptive case of COVID-19, has a known exposure to COVID-19, or is awaiting results to a COVID test, please do not attend the walk.
  • Please only attend if you are healthy!
    • If you are sick with a new or worsening cough, fever, shortness of breath, or recent loss of taste or smell, please do not attend.
    • Check for fever before you arrive. Please take the temperature of all participants before arriving to the program and stay home if you are ill. 
  • Physical distancing of six feet is recommended on the walk when possible. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of outdoor exploration and the ages of our participants, we cannot guarantee six feet of distance during this program.
  • Follow general sanitation guidelines. Please make sure to wash or sanitize hands when you arrive, after using the bathroom, and after sneezing or coughing.
  • Contact tracing information is required for all attending a field trip, guided walk, or customized programFirst and last names, phone number, and email (parent if the participant is under 18) are gathered for each participant. Information is only used in the case of an exposure to COVID-19.  

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Group sizes and pricing during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Available October 1 through May 31 each year. (Sorry - due to our busy summer program, we do not schedule group walks in June, July, or August)
  • Maximum group size during COVID-19 pandemic = 12 children, not including adults 
  • Cost for Ladybug Walks during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • up to 4 children plus adults = $30
    • 5-8 children plus adults = $55
    • 9-12 children plus adults = $80
  • COVID pricing: Due to physical distancing requirements, the cost per child varies depending on the size of the group. Our three preschool educators can only work with 3-4 children at a time. 

Scheduling your customized group Ladybug Nature Walk

Read about reservation details on our "How to schedule a group program" page


Meet the Educators

Download PDF file Meet the Educators - Children and Family Programs (850.53 Kb)

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