Custom field trips
Metro’s team of nature educators regularly creates special programs and tours for groups who want to learn more about the ecology, geology and inner workings of the natural systems in the greater-Portland Region. These are great for participants that are outside of the seven- to 12-year-old age range or who want to have a special focus for their trip.
Metro welcomes groups of all ages and abilities.
From learning how to read animal tracks to unraveling the secret language of birds, from watching wild salmon spawn to learning how geology influences ecosystems, there’s so much to learn from the nature in our region’s backyard.
Questions and answers
How to schedule a group program
To schedule a group program at Oxbow Regional Park or any other Metro park or natural area, contact Ashley Conley at 503-663-0238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule a group program at Smith and Bybee Natural Area, contact Alice Froehlich at 503-972-8545 or email@example.com.
Program spaces fill quickly, so plan ahead, ideally at least three months in advance of your desired date range.
What size group can I bring?
Field trips are designed for groups of 10 to 25. Larger groups often can be accommodated if coordinated with the nature educator well in advance.
How much time do I need to allow for the group outing?
Most programs are between 90 minutes and 2 hours (not including travel time or lunch). Larger groups may require more time.
How much does it cost?
- up to 35 participants = $50
- 36-60 participants = $100
Additional vehicle fee at Oxbow Regional Park is $7 per bus or $5 per vehicle, payable at the park entrance on arrival.
Can our group visit sites on our own?
Yes. If you would like to arrange your own group trip to a Metro park or natural area without a nature educator, you must obtain an education special use permit in advance. There is a $40 application fee. Schools and other non-fee-based groups may be exempt from paying usage fees.