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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

Neighborhood Tree Steward Service Requirements

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

Each Tree Steward’s volunteer style and neighborhood needs is different, therefore we have options to meet everyone.  How you spend your service is up to you!  There are three requirements:

  1. Attend at least one of your Neighborhood Association/Coalition meetings.
  2. Attend at least two Urban Forest Workshops.
  3. All other service is up to you, but it must help to benefit the urban forest and/or educate others about the urban forest.

During the training you will receive more information on possible service ideas and help creating your NTS service plan.  View the following table to get a better idea of the types of opportunities that will satisfy your NTS service requirement.


Neighborhood Tree Steward Service Hours
We only have two required activities for fulfilling your 44 hours of service . . . and they are easy!

Attend at least one Neighborhood Association Meeting or Neighborhood Coalition Meeting


It’s always beneficial to know your community, and what   better way then to attend a Neighborhood Association/Coalition meeting.  Attend a meeting and introduce yourself as   a Neighborhood Tree Steward and tree information resource to your community.  Who knows, you may gain some valuable   information about the tree needs in your neighborhood and maybe even start a   Tree Committee (if it doesn’t already exist).

Attend at least two Urban Forest Workshops for continued education


Being involved in continued educational opportunities   keeps you involved and builds your skill base.  Urban Forestry offers a number of workshops   throughout the year to encourage you to hone your skills on topics of   particular interest to you and your community.

Volunteer with a group!

Street Tree Inventory Coordinator

The Street Tree Inventory Program, coordinated by Urban Forestry allows a great opportunity to build an urban forest management plan for your neighborhood.  There are many volunteer opportunities with in the program.  You can become a neighborhood coordinator, collect data, enter data into a GIS, or all of the above.

Learning Landscapes

A great program, coordinated by Urban Forestry, that focuses on educating youth by planting trees on school grounds.  You can help plan a Learning Landscape or help with teaching students about trees and planting.

Urban Forest Outreach

Urban Forestry has many outreach opportunities including hosting an Urban Forest Education booth at events including Arbor Day, summer street fairs, movies and concerts in the park, and Fix-it Fairs.  It’s a fun way for Tree Stewards to teach   others about the urban forest.

Natural Area Stewardship

Maybe working in natural areas is your “thing.”  If so, Portland Parks & Recreation has  many opportunities to save trees by removing ivy and helping the quality of our natural areas.

Friends of Trees

A great City partner & non-profit, and awesome opportunity to grow and maintain the urban forest by planting and pruning young street trees.

Portland Fruit Tree Project

A great non-profit and wonderful way to learn about fruit trees by harvesting and pruning. A portion of harvested fruit is donated to the Oregon Food Bank!


A great non-profit that transforms grey deserts into green infrastructure by removing asphalt.

DIY Project

Host a pruning work party

Identify young trees in your neighborhood that need structural pruning.  Work with Urban Forestry staff to host a work party.

Create a tree walk map

Who wouldn’t want a creative and fun map of interesting trees in their neighborhood?  This project allows you work individually or with others to create a simple or complex map. 

Host an Arbor Month Event

This is open-ended. . . What kind of tree event would you like to see?  Tree-iva Pub night?

Create a Tree Committee with your Neighborhood Association

Gather a group of your neighbors to focus on attention on tree needs in your community.

Serve on an Urban Forestry Commission Committee

You don’t have to be an Urban Forest Commission (UFC) to be on a committee.  The UFC has many committee including Education & Outreach, Heritage Tree, and Recruitment.    

Do service hours have to take place within your neighborhood?

We’d like you to focus your NTS service hours on projects that will particularly benefit your neighborhood.  However, if there are other opportunities outside your neighborhood that help benefit our urban forest you can count them towards your NTS service hours.

How will we track your volunteer hours?

During the Neighborhood Tree Steward Training you will be given a volunteer time tracking sheet.  You can submit your hours online as you complete them.  Every three months you will receive a friendly reminder to submit your NTS service hours for that quarter.  Information requested will include hours spent, date, location, and brief description of activity or project.  Your NTS service hours can be mailed or submitted by email.

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