Youth and Family Programs

We’re taking distance learning and in-person learning outdoors! We’ve created engaging digital programs and in-person programming 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, our beautiful Nature Sanctuary, 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 and with Portland Audubon educators at our in-person programs!

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

In-person: 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! Our in-person Nature Sanctuary options for grades 1-6 are held entirely outdoors, require masks, and follow all physical distancing and safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Administration. 

Book a Youth & Family Program

Nature Adventure Club

Online: 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.

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



A Western Red-backed Salamander being handled by youth and environmental educator, photo by Tara Lemezis

Winter Camps

In-person: Come explore our forested and frosty winter wonderland with Portland Audubon Educators! Embark on Winter Break two-day adventures of animal ecology exploration, searching for signs and secrets that are only uncovered in the winter landscape, discover how animals adapt, survive, and move through one of the most beautiful seasons in Winter Wandering!

Wild Winter Art
December 21 & 22, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$85 members/$100 non-members, for both days
Grades 1-3 *2 spots left*

Into the Woods
December 22 & 23, 12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
$85 members/$100 non-members, for both days
Grades 3-6 *1 spot left*

Hoot’s There
December 28 & 29, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$85 members/$100 non-members, for both days
Grades 1-4 *2 spots left*

Wild in the Winter
December 29 & 30, 12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
$85 members/$100 non-members, for both days
Grades 1-4


Youth and their owl art, photo by Clay Showalter

Science Tales

Online: Storytime comes to life in this exciting early childhood environmental education exploration program! Kids will hear stories of the earth, animals, how to be a kid exploring the natural world around them, and much more! Students will then engage in at-home activities that connect to the themes of the book read during the session.

January Tales
January 5: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

January 12: Kaia and the Bees by Maribeth Boelts
January 19: Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist by Christine Evans
January 26: Dusk Explorers by Lindsay Leslie

February Tales
February 2: Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

February 9: Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $11.95 members/$13.95 non-members
Grades: Pre-K to 2nd


Youth nature journaling, photo by Ali Berman