Looking for a different park or topic? The Nature Education team would like to work with your group to accomodate your request.
How to schedule a summer field trip: June - August
- Reservations for summer field trips are accepted in January.
- Contact us at 503-220-2782 or [email protected] with your top two dates to schedule your field trip.
- Program fee: fewer than 35 participants, $50; 36-70 participants, $100
- If the fee is a hardship, you may request a program fee waiver.
- Metro can offer financial assistance for transportation to schools and organizations that qualify.
Oxbow Regional Park
With the Sandy River winding its way through the gorge and ancient forests crawling up the ridgeline, Oxbow Regional Park offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to learn about fish, wildlife and plants. On this field trip, an educator will guide participants among some of the oldest trees in our region. Participants will learn about the wildlife and ecology of an old-growth forest.
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
An urban wetland just outside north Portland’s neighborhoods, Smith and Bybee is home to fish, turtles, amphibians and birds. Participants will learn about the wetland habitat and the plants and animals of Smith and Bybee. There will be a walk through the natural area, opportunities to do activities such as a “critter catch” of aquatic insects and learning how these small animals make an interconnected food chain.
Scouters Mountain Nature Park
Rising over the southeast corner of Portland, Scouters Mountain offers stunning views and trails filled with discoveries awaiting your group. Delve into this extinct lava dome with an educator to learn about mushrooms, mosses and lichens, and various animal residents. While hiking the mountain’s trails they’ll identify habitats, discuss life cycles and wildlife diversity. Participants will see why mammals, amphibians, birds and insects make this forest their home.