Green Walks
. . .in Portland parks
  Portland Parks and Recreation
Environmental Education
contact Sue Thomas
(503) 823-3601

See the PP&R web site for current activities.

The year 2003 schedule gives an picture of this activity:

Discover Portland's history in its parks and plants.  Parks staff and volunteers lead guided tours of parks, gardens and natural areas throughout town.  Stories of the development of the park, descriptions of the exotic trees and shrubs planted in the park and the natural history of the native plants and animals will be covered.  These tours begin at 10:00 AM each Saturday and are free. Meet the guide at the following locations: September 20  Laurelhurst Once a field grazed by Jersey cows on William Ladd's farm, this park was proclaimed the most beautiful park on the west coast in 1919.  More recently it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the first ever park on the register.  As a classic Olmsted design, many southeastern U.S. trees can be seen in addition to a great collection of Magnolias and many other Asian and European plants.  Meet at the Restroom/Office Building on SE Ankeny one block west of SE 39th and one block south of East Burnside. 

September 27  Mt. Tabor  Portland's own extinct volcano has been planted with interesting trees from all over the world.  On this guided walk you will see the world's largest cones growing on the Coulter Pines, a very old giant Sequoia, trees from Africa and many native trees to Oregon.  Meet the guide at the volcano parking lot south of SE Belmont and west of SE 69th. 

October 4  Global Garden at Harold Oliver School Discover plants from 7 continents. O ver 190 species, 120 genera, 60 plant families.  North American blueberries and their compatriots from Asia, Bamboos from 3 continents, ferns, bulbs, shrubs and trees.  Persimmons, blood grasses.  Meet by 3 palm trees by parking lot at Harold Oliver School 15811 SE Main one block west of SE 162nd. 

October 11  Peninsula Park Wandering paths under fragrant linden trees overlooking the best rose garden in town makes Peninsula Park one of Portland's hidden treasures.  Peanut butter bush, many camellias and a variety of old oak trees will provide an interesting visit.  Meet the guide at the Bandstand next to the sunken Rose Garden at the corner of N Ainsworth and N. Albina.

October 18  Powell Butte On a clear day, walkers to the summit of this volcanic vent can overlook many of our local mountain peaks.  Native plants, a multitude of bird species and a geologic story attract visitors.  Meet the guide at the parking lot south on SE 162nd 

October 25  Oaks Bottom Bordered by cliffs of Oak-Madrone forest on the east and views of the changing colored Big-Leaf Maples on the west, Oaks Bottom is one of the city's premier bird watching sites.  This walk will give you a look at some of these winged visitors as they migrate through the area.  Meet at the North parking Lot on SE Milwaukie just south of the McLoughlin overpass. 

November 1  Whitaker Ponds This refuge in the industrial area of town provides a spot for over 50 species of birds, beaver, fish and many trees and other plants indigenous to wetland habitats in Portland's ecosystem.  A fall tour will explore the seasonal animal visitors, the variety of plants and the many mushrooms that pop up in the cool and wet weather.  Meet at the Visitor Center on NE 47th, north of Columbia Blvd. 


Duniway Park

At the base of Pill Hill, Duniway has been named after a leading feminist of Portland.  Plantings include a historic collection of fragrant lilacs. 


Forest Park

Natives from old growth Douglas fir to the carpets of Trillium can be seen in this 5,000 acre park.  To get the best look at Forest Park, we will tour different sections on each of the days.

Grant Park

Surrounding Grant High School, this park has a variety of magnificient old specimens and some very new plantings.  The diverse examples of street trees in the area can give someone a look at many choices for their own street or garden. 

Hoyt Arboretum

Portland's outdoors tree museum has a collection of trees and other plants from all seven continents interspersed with native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of this region. 

Laurelhurst Park

Diverse plantings in this historical park show a continuum of flowers, fruit and other attractions throughout the year.  Historical photos show the chages over the years from the original look of one of Portland's first parks.

Mt. Tabor Park

Native plants and transplants make the city's volcano unique.  From Paper Bark Cherries to the Digger Pines with their giant cones. Mt. Tabor has diverse plantings.

Peninsula Park

Early color from the sunken rose garden, fragrances from linden trees and other exciting plants have turned this former race track into one of Portland's most beautiful parks.

Sellwood Park

Tall natives inter-planted with some exotic specimens combine with the Oaks Bottom wetlands provides a home for many bird species.

South Waterfront

This newly developed park will have a changing landscape with annual flower beds and exciting tree plantings. 

Volunteers needed

If you have an interest in your local park or are enthusiastic about the plants in Portland's parks, consider learning to lead one of our Green Walks.  Training is provided at various times throughout the year, and some written materials are available for self-study.  Please call Sue Thomas in Portland's Parks Environmental Education Office at (503-823-3601 for further information.

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