Youth and Family Online Classes and Tours

Fall Distance Learning for Kids

We’re taking distance learning outdoors with Nature Adventure Club and Stories of the Earth. We’ve created these engaging digital programs to supplement the evolving needs of families grappling with remote schooling and care. Using our unique collection of specimens, nature right outside of your door, your kids powers of observation, and some basic art supplies, your child will be able to head outdoors to hunt for signs of life close to home!

We hope you’ll join us for online adventures with nature and science! These small classes of fifteen or less engage children ages 6-11 together with cool experiments, weird nature facts, and hands-on activities!

These programs are best designed for kids in the grades listed below, but siblings are welcome to join the fun! Grown-ups are welcome to participate as much or as little as they would like, but we recommend being nearby in case your child needs some help during the arts & crafts part of the program.  

Each program involves:

  • Live virtual class sessions with one of Portland Audubon’s educators and small groups of children (fifteen or less). 
  • Easy to do, hands-on activities for kids using paper, markers, and a window!
  • Additional scavenger hunts and resources for families to extend the adventure together outside.
  • A link to the virtual class will be emailed to you when you register, as well as one day before the program. Please be on the lookout and have Zoom downloaded on your device.
  • If your child misses or can’t make a program, we are happy to send a link to the recording that will last until the end of the month.
  • View our Youth and Family FAQs here.

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Nature Adventure Club

Join us Tuesday afternoons as we explore the natural world through virtual sessions with our experienced educators. Through real life specimens, discussion and interactive activities the natural world will open up while in the comfort of your own home.

September: Fall Migration
Sept 29: Vaux’s Swifts

November: Creatures of the Night
Nov 3: Bats
Nov 10: Owls

December: Winter is Coming
Dec 1: Seasons – Why We Have Them & How Animals Adapt
Dec 8: Birds, Mammals, Amphibians, and more!
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$14.95 members/$19.95 non-members
Grades 2-5

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Kid adventuring in nature, photo by Clay Showalter

Stories of the Earth – Digital

Join Abby every Tuesday in September – December for book club! Come sit in our virtual reading circle as we read aloud a new book each week. We will read about a variety of nature related themes from birds in Portland to exploring your local parks. After the book, we will engage in interactive activities that relate to theme of the book, expanding our knowledge on different topics.
October:  20, 27
November: 3, 10, 17
December: 1, 8
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $11.95 members/$15.95 non-members
Grades K-3

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In-person Tours at Portland Audubon’s Nature Sanctuary

 

Afternoon Explorers, Junior Birder, early fall Stories of the Earth (Drop-off Kids Programming) & Family Sanctuary Tours

Portland Audubon is offering special, guided activities at our Nature Sanctuary for kids age 2nd-5th. See wildlife, engage in hands-on activities and explore everything that the forest has to offer. If you like walking through the woods and getting your hands dirty, we hope to see you there!

*These all outdoor programs have a limited number of participants, masks are required and will follow all physical distancing and safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Administration.

View our Youth and Family FAQs here.

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Afternoon Explorers

Join us and one of our experienced educators on guided activities at our Nature Sanctuary for kids age 2nd-5th. See wildlife, engage in hands-on activities and explore everything that the forest has to offer. If you like walking through the woods and getting your hands dirty, we hope to see you there!

October 1 – The Importance of Plants *FULL*
October 8 – Mammals in Fall and Winter*FULL*
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$17.95 members/$19.95 non-members
Grades 2-5

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Youth exploring Balch Creek, photo by Tara Lemezis

Junior Birder

Join Abby VanLeuven every Tuesday afternoon in October to discover all of the birds in our Nature Sanctuary! Purchase a Bird Feeder Starter Pack (two discounted options available from the Nature Store) so you can study the birds that will stop by for a snack at your home. During weekly in-person meetings, we will learn how to identify our feathered friends, learn about what types of food attract different birds, and how to keep track and learn about the birds around you. We’ll share our findings as a group, ask questions and engage in different activities that will deepen your appreciation for birds, create crafts for the birds, and explore the Nature Sanctuary!

*We ask that all Junior Birders have the Basic Feeder Kit. Our Nature Store is sharing a special deal for our Junior Birders on both Bird Feeder Starter Kits: Basic Feeder Kit and Deluxe Feeder Kit.

October 6 – Introduction to Junior Birder
October 13 – Bird Adaptations
October 20 – Bird Migration Basics
October 27 – Other Backyard Bird Visitors
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$17.95 members/$19.95 non-members
Grades 3-6

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Junior Birders in action

Stories of the Earth – In person sessions

Join Abby for an in-person reading circle as we read aloud a new book each week. We will read about a variety of nature related themes from birds in Portland to exploring your local parks. After the book, we will engage in interactive activities that relate to the theme of the book in our beautiful Nature Sanctuary!

October: 6, 13
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$14.95 members/$17.95 non-members
Grades K-3

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Youth learning in the Nature Sanctuary, photo by Tara Lemezis

Fall Family Tours at the Sanctuary 

Join us in October for a guided, kid-friendly hike with the whole family. We will use our five senses to connect with nature to experience the forest in a new way. Listen to the birds, touch different plants and walk blindly through the forest as we connect and learn about the forest right in our backyard!

Each tour will be 2 hours and will be led by one of our experienced educators. All ages welcome, but geared toward grades 2-5.

*This all outdoor program is limited to a maximum of ten children and adults, and will follow all social distancing and safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Administration.

October 15
October 22
October 29

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$19.95 members/$24.95 non-members, includes one adult and one child

Each additional child $9.95 members/$11.95 non-members
Each additional adult $4.95 members/$6.95 non-members

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Family Sanctuary Tour, photo by Ali Berman