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Ladybug Nature Walks (ages 0-6)

Ladybug Nature Walks take place in Portland's parks and natural areas. They are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers (along with a grown-up) who want to explore in nature with a trained educator.

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COVID-19 update

All public Ladybug Walks are currently canceled. We hope to resume walks as soon as we are able. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please see Portland Parks & Recreation's COVID-19 Updates page


About the Ladybug Walk program

Ladybug Nature Walks are a way for children ages 0-6 (and a grown-up) to explore a local Portland park. Nature educators guide families 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. 

  • While exploring with a educator, children borrow a small Ladybug backpack containing a few simple tools:
    • Magnifying lens
    • Small tub with a lid
    • Paintbrush
    • Spoon
    • Large beads on a string for color matching
    • Bug box
    • Small toy insect for imaginative play
  • All walks last about an hour
  • Walks are geared for children 18 months-6 years (infants are welcome too!)  
  • No pre-registration necessary - just meet us at the meeting spot.
  • Cash and checks accepted for payment. Cost is on a sliding scale ($3, $5, or $8 per participating child). No charge for adults.  

For more info, call 503-823-1149. Printable schedule for the entire year is available here. 

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


Pictures from previous walks

Children look out at a park wearing their ladybug backpacks.
Children look out at a park wearing their ladybug backpacks.
Child uses a paintbrush to put water on a wooden fence.
A child uses a paintbrush to put water on a wooden fence.
Children on a nature walk make noise with spoons on a fence.
Children experiment with sound using spoons and a fence

Times, Dates, and Locations

Walks are scheduled February through November.

Walks take place rain or shine.

Walks throughout the year take place on Friday mornings. In the fall we also offer walks on Thursday mornings. 

Walks begin at 10am and go for about one hour. (If you need to leave early, no problem.) 

Locations vary widely. We try to schedule walks in Northwest, North, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest Portland each month. Make sure to check the schedule to see where upcoming walks will take place. 


Upcoming Walks 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Ladybug Walks are canceled until further notice. When walks resume, you will find all information for the upcoming walks here.