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An updated calendar of available dates for booking Field Trips and Group Ladybug Walks.
Hands-on, minds-on! Make a Portland Park your outdoor classroom. Classes led by nature educators meet in Portland Parks and teach Pacific Northwest ecology. Students learn through exploration, questions, and play.
Browse the list below to find the perfect park or natural area for your field trip.
Browse the list and information below to find the perfect park or natural area for your Ladybug Walk.
True Nature is mostly a drop-off program. We understand that for many young children, this can be the first experience of being dropped off with new people.
Portland Parks & Recreation engages the next generation of environmental leaders through volunteer naturalist training, paid work programs, nature-based camps, field trips, guided walks, and stewardship. The following is a list of Environmental Education volunteer and employment opportunities.
Organize a day of outdoor learning for your classroom, community group, or club through Portland Park's City Nature program!
All field trips include a break mid-way through for students to stop and have a snack. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your group, have them bring their own, or Environmental Education can supply snacks for your group at a rate of $1/student attending.
Schedule a nature walk, nature-based field trip, or nature birthday party by following these steps.
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.
Ladybug Nature Walks take place in Portland's parks and natural areas. They are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who want to explore in nature with a trained educator. Children attend with an adult who assists in guiding them along as they explore.
Every season brings different opportunities to connect to nature right outside your door! We will be adding resources to this page as they are created. Please visit this site frequently for new information.
Celebrate your child's birthday with a nature-themed party! Play, exploration, crafts, and games make our nature birthday parties unique.
Nature Day Camps create ways for children to connect to nature through outdoor play and exploration. Camps take place every June, July, and August in various locations around the city. Nature-based camps offer ways for children to nurture their relationship to nature, peers, and trusted adults.
Teens ages 13-17 can apply to be camp volunteers - working side by side with staff and campers to gain experience in teaching, communication, and child development.
Spend your summer as a nature educator Nature Day Camp! We offer positions leading nature activities and exploration for children.
(Nature Educator I, Nature Educator II, Team Lead, and Site Coordinator positions)
Find the dates, times, locations, and ages for all the Nature Day Camps for the upcoming summer.
Teen Nature Team (TNT) is a FREE nature program for middle school students. This program was formerly known as GRUNT.
The Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) provides employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing job skills and exploring environmental career paths.