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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

Urban Forest Workshops

Each month, Urban Forestry hosts a wide variety of tree workshops for everyone from beginners to professionals. View the Urban Forestry Events Calendar for upcoming workshops.

Have you completed a street tree inventory in your neighborhood? If so, congratulations! Urban Forestry is offering to organize tree stewardship workshops with each neighborhood that has completed a tree inventory. Check out our Workshop Menu to see all of the fun and informative ways that you can encourage tree stewardship and canopy health in your neighborhood!

General Interest Workshops

These workshops are open to all skill levels. If there is a tree activity you are interested in that is not scheduled in the near future, contact Urban Forestry.



Prune Like a Pro

Help prune young street trees. Tools and safety gear are provided, and a brief pruning tutorial is given by a Certified Arborist.

Winter Tree ID

Learn how to identify trees in the winter, using branch formation, tree bark, and buds as clues.

Summer Tree ID

Over 150 different tree varieties are planted throughout Portland streets. Learn how to tell them apart using leaf patterns and arrangements.

Heritage Tree Workshop

Learn about Portland’s Heritage Tree program and help inspect our 300+ Heritage Trees.

Young Tree Care

Similar to Prune Like a Pro, this workshop offers a broad hands-on lesson in young tree care that includes watering, mulching, and some light pruning, all while helping out your neighbors.

Caring for Mature Trees

Not sure about the health or safety of a mature tree? Work with an experienced certified arborist to learn when to call a professional. Get advice on how to select an arborist and how to tell if an arborist has done good work.

Neighborhood Tree Walk or Bike Ride

Sightsee neighborhood trees of interest or significance. Tour themes range from large trees, fruit trees, unusual trees, wildlife-benefiting trees, and historic trees.

Dutch Elm Disease Workshop

Find out what causes Dutch Elm Disease, and become comfortable with recognizing flagging, a symptom of the disease. Learn more about UF’s program to help manage its spread, and what you can do to help.

The Importance of Tree Diversity

Tree species have ranges of desirable qualities such as show flowers, fall color, and fruits/nuts for wildlife. Learn which species display these specific characteristics. Also learn why tree diversity is important and which tree species make good urban trees and why.

Professional Series Workshops

The Professional Series Workshops are geared towards professional tree workers and Certified Arborists to help them learn about City tree regulations and keep up on their certifications.Professional Series Workshops

Professional Series


Local Tree Care Providers Workshop

This workshop is offered two times a year for local tree care providers to learn about the City of Portland’s rules and regulations regarding trees. From getting a permit to figuring out when a permit is needed, this workshop is essential for all arborists who do work in the city. Your company will be added to the Local Tree Care Providers list after attending this workshop.

Professional Arborists Lecture Series

Five workshops are offered each year to help ISA Certified Arborists reach their continuing education unit (CEU) goals necessary to renew their certification.