Green Geckos

Portland Parks & Rec Spring Break Kids Camp

Word and photos by Elaine Bothe March 25-18, 2024, Gateway Green Bike Park and Montavilla Community Center Spring Break 2024 provided winter weather but summer fun during our Gateway Green Bike Park Kids Camp! Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest is always a mixed-weather bag. Fortunately we got only one full on rainy day during … Read More

Camp – Green Geckos Mountain Biking Skills (Ages 11-14) – 3/25-28

These classes are for kids who are already comfortable riding a bike on some “green (beginner)” level mountain bike dirt trails/grass and can ride down features such as curbs and roots approximately 3-4 inches high. During this class, Riders will continue to improve their balance over varying terrain, including trails and pump tracks (or rolling … Read More

Montavilla Community Center Kids Class Recap

By Elaine Bothe These kids didn’t know they were groundbreakers at the very first indoor/outdoor bike after school program for Montavilla Community Center! The kids knew they were having fun, but they didn’t know they were breaking ground as they rode bikes as participants in the first ever kids’ afterschool bike class series at Montavilla … Read More

Kid’s Beginner Ride at Stub Stewart – 4/8

Kids guided ride on all the best trails at Stub Stewart State Park.  Join us for a guided ride on some of the best trails around!  These rides will start out with reviewing the most basic skills and will offer light instruction as needed for particular features. We will split the group into Green Geckos … Read More

Green Geckos After School MTB Skills Camp – Gateway Green (Tuesdays)

After school mtb skills camp on Tuesdays (9/13-10/04) from 4:30-6:15 pm for Beginner 8-10 & 11-14-year-olds About this event After school mtb skills camp for ages 8 – 10 year olds & 11-14 year olds Registration for this camp is for 4 Tuesdays (from 9/13-10/04). Please be ready to commit to having your rider attend … Read More

NWTA Kids Summer Camps Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Aug. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2022, at Gateway Green NWTA’s first ever Kids Camps by the numbers: 1 awesome bike park, three weeks, eight instructors and helpers, and 36 kids aged 8-13! Monday mornings are awesome! 8:45 am, August 8, 2022, we stood with clipboard in hand and big smiles … Read More

NWTA Kids Class Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Warm weather didn’t keep these kids at home! The August temperatures rose as we set up for the “Green Geckos” Kid’s Class at Rocky Point but that didn’t keep these awesome kids indoors! A high of 100 was predicted in Portland, but a pleasant breeze, shady trails, plenty of … Read More

Kids Camps at Gateway Green

In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation; NWTA & Elaine B, Bikes is excited to announce progressive mountain bike skills instruction for 8-12-year-olds at Gateway Green. We are also happy to announce that coaches Myles Ridge, Deidre Iwersen & Peter Melton will join head coach Elaine this season. These 4-day camps (Monday – Thursday 9 … Read More