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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS)

  • Tree ID with Fred Nilsen

  • 2015 Neighborhood Tree Steward Graduation

  • Neighborhood Tree Steward Fall Training

UPDATE: 2016 Neighborhood Tree Steward Class is FULL but you may add your name to the waitlist here:

Since 1997, the Neighborhood Tree Steward (NTS) program has worked to provide nearly 200 community members with the tools and resources to be active leaders and urban forest advocates in their neighborhoods. Participants enroll in a seven-session course that covers:

  • Tree biology
  • Tree identification
  • Tree pruning and maintenance
  • Proper planting technique
  • Ecosystem services
  • Pests and pathogens of the urban forest
  • Urban forest management and policy

No previous experience is needed to become a Neighborhood Tree Steward, but you do need a passion for trees, a desire to learn, and the commitment to help. If you do have some experience with trees, this course will deepen your base of knowledge and provide opportunities for leadership in your community.

The cost of the course is only $25 (scholarships are available) and classes meet on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings in the fall (see the 2016 NTS Schedule). Once the course is completed, NTS graduates are asked to contribute 40 hours of tree-related volunteer service over the next year. It is very easy to fulfill this service requirement by participating in Urban Forestry workshops, serving on the Heritage Tree Committee, teaching kids about trees at a Learning Landscapes event, volunteering with Friends of Trees or any one of our local community partners, tabling at Arbor Day (or walking around in a squirrel suit), organizing a community tree planting, or representing your Neighborhood Tree Team at Neighborhood Association Meetings. 

For questions or further information, please contact: or 503-823-4441. 

Neighborhood Tree Steward Homepage

Neighborhood Tree Steward Homepage

Waitlist for NTS 2016

Register for NTS 2016

2015 NTS Handbook

2015 NTS Handbook

NTS Service Requirements

Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) sign a commitment to spend at least 44 hours over the course of the year following their graduation volunteering and supporting the urban forest.