Portland Parks Trip

Portland Parks Trip 

New for Fall 2021, the Portland Parks Trip offered new and second year students the opportunity to explore parts of Portland. 

Hoyt Arboretum 

Located in Southwest Portland’s Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum is open year round and offers access to 12 miles of hiking trails, all free to the public. On this Portland Parks trip students can expect to learn more about the trees and fauna in the Arboretum, meet Arboretum staff, and enjoy the trails. NSO Leaders will bring trail snacks. 

 Hoyt Arboretum Accessibility: Sloping paved trails and limited seating. Public restrooms are available.  


Cathedral Park

Located in North Portland, Cathedral Park lies under the St. Johns bridge. Cathedral Park has over 450 trees, offers views of the Willamette river, and has plenty of green space to enjoy. On this Portland Parks trip, students can enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the the park or walk to the St. Johns neighborhood. NSO Leaders will bring lawn games. We suggest students bring money if they would like to shop or eat in St. Johns. 

Cathedral Park Accessibility: Sloped trails, paved trails, picnic area, and benches. Public restrooms are available. The park has many stairs up to St. Johns neighborhood. 


Laurelhurst Park

Located in Southeast Portland, Laurelhurst Park’s 31 acres include an off-leash dog area, pond with ducks, walking trails, and picnic areas. On this Portland Parks trip students can walk the paved paths, enjoy the sights and sounds of the park and pond, or venture to nearby streets (ex. SE Belmont, NE 28th). NSO Leaders will bring lawn games and a speaker. We suggest students bring a blanket/hammock and money if they would like to shop or eat nearby.

Laurelhurst Park Accessibility: Paved trails, flat ground, accessible benches and picnic areas. Public restrooms are available.

Mt. Tabor

Located in Southeast Portland, Mt. Tabor is a long extinct volcano. Mt. Tabor park features paved and unpaved trails, views of the reservoirs on Mt. Tabor, trees, and plenty of space to enjoy. Students on this Portland Parks trip can walk the Mt. Tabor paths, play lawn games, and enjoy the trees. NSO Leaders will bring lawn games. Students should wear comfortable clothes.

Mt. Tabor Park Accessibility: Paved pathways, slopes and hills. Public restroom, benches, and picnic area.  


Alberta Park

Located in Northeast Portland, Alberta Park includes a basketball court, tennis courts, dog off-leash area, playground, soccer field, and softball field. On this Portland Parks trip, students can enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the park playing outdoor games with other students or walk a few blocks to enjoy the Alberta Arts District. Alberta Street includes the Alberta Street Black Heritage Markers Project which shares the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. NSO Leaders will bring lawn games, basketballs, and speakers. We suggest students bring money if they would like to shop or eat on Alberta Street.

Alberta Park Accessibility: Paved trails, accessible benches, and picnic areas. Public restrooms are available.