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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS)

  • Tree Pruning Workshop with Larry Maginnis

  • NTS Tree Walk

  • 2016 NTS graduation

  • Tree ID with Fred Nilsen

Congrats to the Neighborhood Tree Steward Class of 2017 and Thank You to the dedicated staff and volunteers that made this year's program a success!

See photos from our fall classes here!


To learn more about upcomign educational opportunities with Urban Forestry and next year's Neighborhood Tree Steward Program, please sign up for TreeBark, Urban Forestry's monthly newsletter. 

Since 1997, the Neighborhood Tree Steward (NTS) program has worked to provide nearly 300 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.

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. 

NTS Homepage

Neighborhood Tree Steward Homepage

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.

Funds, Supplies, and Assistance

Stewardship Support for Tree Teams and Tree Stewards