Field Trips

A skilled Naturalist will meet you at your school and travel with your group for the entire day, leading a field experience that you and your students will never forget.

Registration Details and Fees

To register, contact Tara Lemezis at tlemezis@audubonportland.org

Average Program Length: 6-8 hours (*8 hours is required for Ape Caves)
Fee: $250 for up to 30 Students ($6 per participant beyond 30)
School group chaperones: We ask that there is a chaperone or teacher at 8:1 for your group. Chaperones and teachers are not included in the fee.
Transportation: School District provides bus/transportation for the trip
Ages: 2nd Grade through adult

 Sliding scale discounts are available for all Title 1 schools. Please contact us for more info. 

Ape Caves, Mount St. Helens

Under the careful guidance of an experienced Naturalist, students will journey below the surface of the Earth to spelunk one of the longest lava tubes in the world! Students will study the fascinating geology of the caves and discover the nature of molten rock as they trek for over a mile beneath ground. This is truly one of the most unforgettable -and educational – experiences you can give your students, and yourself!

This incredible field trip requires an 8-hour day and is only available September-October, May-June due to site accessibility.

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Mount Saint Helens by Karen Blaha

Beacon Bound

You and your students will feel on top of the world when you hike to the top of one of Earth’s largest monoliths, Beacon Rock. Study the landforms of the Columbia Gorge and learn how great floods of molten basalt and the massive Missoula Floods have shaped our land. We will also look for and learn about the natural history of salmon, one of the iconic species of the Pacific Northwest. Find out what makes these fish so unique and some of the conservation issues salmon face today.

This incredible field trip also allows time to visit other destinations in the Gorge, which may include Bonneville Dam, Eagle Creek, or Multnomah Falls. This trip will take your class to new heights, guaranteed.

Columbia Gorge

People travel from around the world to experience the magnificence of the Columbia Gorge, yet we often take this backyard treasure for granted! Let our inspiring Naturalists open your students’ eyes and train them to “read the land” so they can see the ancient story it reveals. Learn about the formation of the Gorge and how it was shaped by fire and water. Visits locations where salmon migrate and spawn to see salmon up close and learn about what makes these animals so unique and important. The Columbia River is the most powerful river in the Northern Hemisphere, and we guarantee this field trip will be an educational experience just as mighty. Some of the stops during this field trip can include Rooster Rock State Park, Horsetail Falls, Bonneville Dam, and Multnomah Falls.