Getting outside is fun and good for your mental and physical health! Please use the resources below to guide or enhance your outdoor adventures!
Follow our Facebook page for weekly activities and information to stay engaged. Have a question about water, plants, wildlife, or something else in our natural world? Use this form to ask a naturalist.
Owlbert Scavenger Hunts
Our mascot Owlbert has been busy cooking up scavenger hunts for each of our parks! There are even 3 Owlbert cutouts hidden at specific parks (listed below) for you to find with your eyes as you enjoy the trails (please leave them in place for all visitors to enjoy). Additional park hunts will be added throughout the month of July.
Berlin Lake Trail
Seneca Ponds Park
Owlbert's Virtual Library
Do you love to read? Owlbert and the Park District have partnered with our local library friends to curate lists of available nature books! Videos of our friends reading some of their favorite stories to you will be launched soon. Click on the images below to access our partner library reading lists:
Nature Craft Activities
Week of June 8 - Nature craft - Mammals click to download instructions
Week of May 18 - Natural elements art click to download instructions
Getting outside is essential to our health and wellbeing, but how much do we need to be outside for it to count? Experts say 120 minutes in nature is the key to seeing health benefits.
Portage Park District is partnering with the Portage County Safety Council to encourage individuals to GetOutside and get those 120 minutes of activity. Listen to our podcast where Mike Thompson, interviewed Jen and Andrea to talk about the Portage Park District and the need for outdoor activity.
It doesn't matter in what increments you get your 120 minutes, try a 10-minute walk at lunchtime or a 30-minute bike ride in the evening. Every minute counts. Now more than ever it's important to take care of your mental and physical health - so get outside, it's as easy as 1,2,0!
Finding Nature - Children & Nature Network
Nature from Home Activities - National Park Trust
National Audubon Society
National Park Service - find your virtual park
Ohio Division of Wildlife
US EPA Student Center
US Geological Survey
US Fish and Wildlife Service