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Resources for teachers and parents

Metro has many programs, events and resources for teachers and parents. Use this page to find topics of particular interest to you and your kids.

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Back-to-school green tips

Getting ready for school? Go green with tips to save money, conserve natural resources and reduce your carbon footprint.

Places to go

Find a park, nature trail, picnic spot, bike route, hiking trail, boating facility or other regional attraction near you. Check out the hours, get directions and discover cool stuff to do.

GreenScene nature activities

Check out Metro’s GreenScene – your guide to hundreds of nature activities, volunteer opportunities, bike tours, paddle trips and gardening workshops throughout the region.

Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden

Smell the flowers, touch the leaves and feel inspired by this peaceful, playful demonstration garden at Metro’s Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview.

Take a field trip

Follow the animal tracks. Discover salmon, water birds and bugs. Take an educational field trip led by Metro’s guides.

Nature guides

Discover facts, figures, and where to watch local birds, plants and animals in Metro’s nature guides.

Oregon Zoo education programs

Learn about nature and the wide world of animals at the Oregon Zoo. Education opportunities and resources include day camps, classes, field trips, animal information and free downloadable curricula.

Waste prevention and recycling resources for schools

Teach your students about waste prevention and resource conservation. Metro develops and maintains a wide selection of resources and programs for schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

School recycling guide

Find resources to help support your in-school recycling program.


Metro is proud to provide funds for local projects that help create livable communities. Find information about Metro grant opportunities for topics of particular interest to you.

Family-friendly activities

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Gardening for kids

Natural gardening activities

Be a garden superhero

Download and print this family-fun activity book that helps kids learn about gardening without toxic chemicals. Download (4.9 MB)

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James Davis

Metro nature minutes

View short, fun videos of Metro naturalist James Davis exploring Metro parks in search of dragonflies, beavers, mushrooms, animal tracks and more...Go

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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