Onsite School Programs and Field Days

Through field days or onsite school programs, our student-centered and highly hands-on programs introduce young people to the world of nature and wildlife.

For programmatic options and information, see below.

To book, please email Tara Lemezis, Education Administrator & Marketing Liaison: TLemezis@audubonportland.org.

Book now for Night Flight: Bats and Owls and Save!

October and November is the perfect time to learn about creatures of the night! By investigating owl and bat specimens, your students will delve into the mysterious world of these (mostly) nocturnal creatures, discovering how many of them have adapted to nighttime survival and living in urban habitats.

Learn about their unique set of adaptations that help them be incredible hunters. This program is sure to instill an appreciation for our nocturnal neighbors, uncovering the unique niche they occupy in the natural world.

October 1 through November 10 we’re offering Night Flight: Bats and Owls at a discounted rate.

1 hour per class, 2-5 classes (2 class minimum. All participating classes will have the same theme.), Tuesday-Thursday

$250 for first 2 classes, $75 each additional


To schedule, please contact Tara Lemezis, tlemezis@audubonportland.org.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, photo by Scott Carpenter

Schoolyard Science

We’ll meet your class under your school’s outside covered area or indoors in the classroom for learning that is student-centered and promotes interpretation and deeper exploration. Our environmental educators will bring our collection of unique specimens to your students for hands-on, experiential learning about the natural world. Personalize your program by choosing from one of the four themed options below to augment your group’s science and environmental education needs, designed to correlate with NGSS and STEM requirements. You provide the curious minds and we will provide everything else! 

Choose Your Theme

Neighborhood Birds, Birds of Prey, Pacific Northwest Habitats & Mammals, and Night Flight: Bats & Owls

View Theme Descriptions


1 hour per class, 2-5 classes (2 class minimum. All participating classes will have the same theme.), Monday-Friday


$300 for first 2 classes, $100 each additional



Students investigating Birds of Prey, photo by Tara Lemezis

Conservation Field Day: Floods, Fish, and Formations

Designed for school groups, homeschool students and pods, this field trip will take us to the Columbia Gorge to learn the fascinating story behind how lava and ice shaped what we see today.

Choose a hike where we will have a closer look at the variety of plants and interpret the story held in the rocks we find. Learn about the natural history of salmon and what adaptations make these fish so unique as we observe migrating salmon. Visit Bonneville Fish Hatchery where we will discuss some of the challenges salmon face along with what we can do to help protect them, making sure to save time to say hi to the massive Herman the Sturgeon.

A skilled Portland Audubon Naturalist will take you on a 5-7 hour program leading a field day experience in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge that you and your students will never forget!

Cost (one class up to 35 students): $400
Cost (two classes or 35+ students):
*Cost is per bus, we can offer trips with up to 2 buses per day and with visits to locations at staggered times

Time: Tues-Thurs(needs about 5-7 hours, we can customize the program for your group’s needs)
Grades: 2-12

Select Your Hike

Horsetail Falls: a 1-mile round trip hike, where you can see various forms of basalt, learn about plants along the trail and hike behind a 100-foot waterfall! 

Beacon Rock: a 1.8 mile hike that takes you to the top of an extinct volcano that overlooks the Columbia River for incredible views of the Gorge