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Learn some nature facts!

Browse the Portland Parks & Recreation resources below for an overview of local nature facts.

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Frogs & Salamanders of Portland (pdf)

Did you know that Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge has an education pond called “Tadpole Pond?” Salamanders start laying eggs in Tadpole Pond in January, and frogs start laying soon after. January through March are good times to see eggs. April through June are good times to see frog tadpoles and salamander larvae. How many creatures will YOU see in Tadpole Pond?

Bees of Portland (pdf)

Check out our kid-friendly guide to the 15 most common bee species in Portland. How many will you find outside your door? Look closely at flowers. Some bees are tiny. Some are green and shiny. Some nest in the ground.

Birds in Your Neighborhood (pdf)

Check out our kid-friendly guide to the 12 most common birds in Portland. Learn how to help protect them! Butterflies & Moths of Portland. Check out our kid-friendly guide to the 15 most common birds in Portland.

Butterflies & Moths of Portland (pdf)

Butterflies and moths are both members of the insect order Lepidoptera, which means “scaly wings.” They both live as caterpillars and undergo complete metamorphosis to become winged adults.

Trees on your street

Did you know that every street tree in Portland has been mapped? Thank you, Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry! Type in your address here and find out about the trees on your street! Learn more about trees in Portland and how you can help them by visiting

Trees in Your Neighborhood

Take a tree walk at a school in your neighborhood. School children have planted arboretums (tree museums) all over the city! One hidden gem in the Portland Parks & Recreation system is the Columbia Children’s’ Arboretum! It has 27 acres of open space.


Kelly Rosteck

Environmental Education Coordinator, Teens/Young Adults

Chrissy Larson

Environmental Education Coordinator, Early Childhood/Youth