Youth Programs

Programs For Youth

We provide nature experiences for children visiting the Garden with programs geared towards preschool through high school ages. Our children’s educational program provides hands-on learning opportunities through participatory activities, summer day camp or individual art classes. Currently we offer the following educational opportunities:

  • Honeybee Hike
  • Art Classes
  • Summer Day Camp – canceled for 2020
  • Children’s Nature Fair will begin again in 2021

Please see our calendar for all current children’s education classes being offered or sign-up for email updates.

Honeybee Hike

Honeybee Hike is currently on pause through June due to covid-19. Please check back for updates.

Every Wednesday, 10:00—11:00am (March through November) for children ages 2-5 years, $3.00 per child. Leaders take small groups along garden trails encouraging children to smell flowers, touch leaves, look for insects, and to investigate nature through their senses. They also make a craft project and listen to a story. We can do special Honeybee Hikes by request, subject to availability.

Reservations required for groups of 10+ children and adults. Please submit a completed Reservation Form – located below.

Nature Fair

*CHILDREN’S NATURE FAIR WILL RETURN IN 2021 AFTER COMPLETION OF THE UPPER GARDEN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Leach Garden Friends and partners such as Portland Audubon, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Friends of Outdoor School, and Portland Parks & Recreation provide a variety of family friendly informational booths, arts/crafts activities, music, games, and other hands-on activities during this fun and free, annual nature-themed event. Great for families and children ages preschool through 5th grade.

Nature Fair is held in mid-May. Please check our calendar or sign-up for e-mail updates for more information about this event.

Children’s Discovery Garden

*CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY GARDEN WILL RE-OPEN IN 2021 AFTER COMPLETION OF THE UPPER GARDEN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

This garden is currently closed due to the Upper Garden Development Project. Please check back for updates on the new development of our new Children’s Garden.

In the meantime, the playhouse had been moved to the Far Meadow, which can be accessed by walking up along the eastern fence behind the Manor House.

Remember garden safety rules:
The playhouse is fun to climb in and climb out of but no climbing on the roof and be respectful of other children visiting.

Educational Program Guidelines

Please be sure to read over these crucial details before preparing for your group adventure here at Leach Garden.

Reservation Request Form

Please read carefully and complete fully before submitting this form. This is a required step for self-hosted group visits.

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Leach Botanical Garden

GARDEN HOURS

Winter Hours:

Wednesday - Sunday: 10am-4pm
Monday and Tuesday: closed

Summer hours resume in March.

Leach Garden’s hours of operation are subject to change; please check the website regularly for current hours.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Eve and Day.

 

ADMISSION

Reservations are recommended but not required during the  fall/winter season. Reserving a ticket ahead of time will guarantee entry to the Garden. Walkup tickets are available but limited during busy hours.

All guests must check in at our admissions booth upon arrival.  

Admission currently is waived. Donations are encouraged. Contributions support the operation of the Garden and our ability to offer programs and education.

Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and feel free to bring a water bottle.

GARDEN ACCESS

Currently, access to the Stone Cabin and Outdoor Historic Kitchen on the south side of Johnson Creek is temporarily closed.

 

Registration

Advance registration is required for all workshops, classes and events here at the garden. Many activities have limited seating/attendance and are first come, first serve.

COVID-19 SAFETY

Masks are required at the garden entrance, in all indoor spaces and at events regardless of vaccination status. Masks are no longer required outdoors during your visit. Please maintain 6' social distance while navigating narrow pathways in the garden and use a mask when social distancing isn't an option.  

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed in the past 14 days, please postpone your visit to the garden. 

GROUPS

Leach Garden is small and has many narrow pathways that cannot accommodate large groups of people. We also have limited parking and garden capacity requirements that we must follow. 

Any group larger than 10 must contact our admissions staff at least 5 days in advance. We are assessing reservations on a case by case basis. Please email info@leachgarden.org or call 503-208-6030. You may be turned away if you don't contact us beforehand.

 

GARDEN GUIDELINES

Hate has no place here.

The Garden is a smoke-free and vape-free facility under PP&R rules.

No dogs in the garden. Service animals are allowed, but pets and emotional support animals are not permitted.

Stay on the pathways. Walking in the planted areas can damage plant collection specimens.

No picnicking inside the garden.

No bicycles or similar vehicles on trails or paths.

Do not pick flowers or seeds-they are part of our collection.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here to view our FAQ page. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Visitors are welcome to take pictures of the garden for personal use. However, garden etiquette requires respect for the ability of other visitors to enjoy the garden as well as respect for the grounds themselves.

All portrait, professional, commercial photography or any photography that comprises a photo shoot or has the appearance of a photo shoot requires advance arrangement with our rental staff and may require a fee. Contact us by email at info@leachgarden.org or by calling 503-208-6030. For more information, go to  our rentals page.

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