by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kayaking is a fun water sport that you can learn through classes sponsored by Lake Oswego Parks and Rec. Sign up now for a summer of fun.Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Oregon sunshine. Did you know that Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation offers a variety of outdoor programs all year long?

Join our park ranger, Ben, for a tour of Lake Oswego’s first park, George Rogers Park, and explore the historical iron furnace. Get some sun while kayaking Sauvie Island or hop on your paddleboard and explore the beauty of the Willamette River and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. There are plenty of activities to sign up for this summer, so let’s get moving.

Get outdoors

Local History Walking Tour. Join LO Park Ranger Ben for a tour of Lake Oswego’s first park, George Rogers Park, and the historically significant iron furnace. Hear about local folklore, ecology and wildlife including eagles, heron, osprey and other birds on the trails. This tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible. For all ages, June 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

Kayaking Sauvie Island. Explore Sauvie Island and see all the beautiful birds. Known as one of the largest freshwater islands in the U.S., the island is so large that it has its own rivers, lakes and sloughs. Tandem and single kayaks are available. For ages 9 and older, June 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $71.

Ross Island Tour. Go paddling in your own gorgeous backyard. Ride your bike to the Alder Creek location to make it a no-driving recreational day. Explore the backwaters of the Willamette River between Ross Island and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. June 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pricing dependent on age; ages 10 to 15 is $25, 16 and older is $39.

Basic Canoe Skills. Whether by yourself or with the whole family, canoeing is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the water. Classroom session covers equipment needs and safety. In the water learn proper techniques for launching, landing, paddle strokes and boat maneuvers. Open the door to explore the Northwest’s lakes and rivers today. June 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For ages 10 to 15 cost is $30, those 16 and older cost $50.

Explore Dance

Mini Ballerinas. This is an introductory dance class with the goal of fostering the love of movement in each participant. Young dancers improve flexibility, coordination and musicality plus build self-confidence in a fun and creative environment. For ages 6 to 9, Thursdays, June 13 to July 25, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Cost is $52.

Modern Kids Dance. Try all kinds of dance. Have fun and learn the basics of ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance styles as you learn different movement combinations. For ages 8 to 12, Thursdays, June 13 to July 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $52.

Belly Dance — Beginning. Enjoy learning basic belly dance torso movements, steps and rhythms and unwind from being back to the grind on Monday nights. This fun workout is appropriate for all ages and body types. For ages 12 and older, Mondays, June 10 to July 15, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $49.

School’s out!

Safe on My Own. Prepare children for situations that may occur when they are home alone. This course teaches kids about personal safety and develops independent and critical-thinking techniques. For ages 8 to 10, June 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $60.

Class registration information

Preregistration is required for nearly all parks and recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Guide available at the West End Building, also online at You may register by Internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. For more information on classes, visit

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