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Field trips at Metro parks and natural areas

Places and activities    Field trips for schools and groups

Dive into the wonders of nature on a field trip led by Metro naturalists. Discover spawning salmon, wetland birds and insects, the mysteries of animal tracking or a real ancient forest.

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Explore our region's natural areas with Metro's environmental education field trips. Metro offers field trips for schools and groups.

Your group can join an experienced naturalist for a guided trip to Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, a 2,000-acre freshwater wetland in North Portland, or Oxbow Regional Park, a 1,200-acre forested nature park on the Sandy River east of Gresham. Naturalists are available for programs at other locations on a limited basis.

Field trips feature outdoor, hands-on environmental education activities that foster an appreciation for the wonders of nature. Trip leaders include staff naturalists and trained Metro volunteers. All trips are outdoors, rain or shine. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation to Oxbow Regional Park or to Smith and Bybee Wetlands; you must arrange your own transportation.

School field trips at Metro parks

Educational field trips are for schools and can accommodate students in grades 1-12. They can be adapted for college-level students as well.Learn more

Group field trips at Metro parks

Group field trips are available to any organized group including youth groups, daycare groups, scouts and churches. Most programs can accommodate ages 5 to adult.Learn more

Need assistance?

Sandra Jamison
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Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Home to beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles, this 2,000-acre natural area offers accessible wildlife watching, a canoe launch and more.

Oxbow Regional Park

Discover Oxbow Regional Park, a 1,000-acre natural area park nestled in the wild and scenic Sandy River Gorge.

Oregon Zoo

From concerts and seasonal events such as Zoo Lights to exciting exhibits and attractions, there's a whole lot to do at the Oregon Zoo.

Field trip guide to recycling facilities

Explore waste reduction first-hand by visiting one of the many Portland metropolitan area waste reduction facilities willing to host tours of school and youth groups.

Places and activities

The Oregon Zoo offers school group rates, lesson curricula, chaperone guides and Zoo School, with grade specific themed hands-on animal presentations to help your students get the most out of their visit.

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