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Arbor Day

Portland Arbor Day Festival 2017

Join the City of Portland- Parks and Recreation and Urban Forestry, as we celebrate our 40th year as Tree City USA!

When: Saturday April 22, 2017, 10am-3pm

Where: Mt Scott Park, at SE 72nd Ave btwn Harold St and Knight St  (accessible via the #10, #14 and #72 Trimet buses)

This year's celebration brings the event to Mt Scott Park in Southeast Portland. Conveniently accessible by bus lines, bicycles and foot (plenty of parking, too), this event will feature multi-cultural performances, music and storytelling, to celebrate the many communities of Portland and our many wordly connections to trees. We will also present the Bill Naito Community Trees Award to one individual and one group for their volunteer work in support of Portland's urban forest.  

Beneath towering Douglas firs, enjoy food from local vendors Tierra del Sol and Sisters Fusion, and participate in activities for the whole family. Explore natural objects from burls to bee hives, participate in an ecological scavenger hunt, print botanical cards, learn about the history of Portland's Urban Forest and connect with out many community and environmental partners.  Additionally, we will be giving away tree seedlings, offering bucket truck rides into the tree canopy and a demonstrating the art and science of  tree climbing!  

Event schedule:

10am: Celebration begins!

            Be the first to sign up for a ride in our Urban Forestry lift truck and see what the trees look like from above!

            Watch as professional tree climbers begin scaling one of Mt Scott Park's tallest trees!

11am:  Vocal stylings of A Capella group B-Side Book Club

12pm:  Eclectic melodies from international recording artist Darka Dusty and her partner Miri Stebivka

1pm:    Mayoral Proclamation of Arbor Day featuring City Officials

              Presentation of 40th anniversary Tree City USA Award to City of Portland

              Presentation of Tree Campus USA Award to Portland State University

              Presentation of Naito Community Trees Awards by Urban Forestry Commission

2pm:    Dance to the Latin rhythms of Trio Matices

Calling all Neighborhood Tree Stewards and Neighborhood Tree Teams!

Please join us from 10am-12:30pm on Arbor Day for a special workshop and discussion over lunch. Connect with old friends and neighbors! For registration and details click here. 

Share your Tree Story!

Our story project continues! We want to hear from you, so send your tree story to In 500 words or less, please describe a tree that has been significant to you and why. Be sure to include information about type of tree (if you know) or names by which the tree was known. Also, where the tree was located. Feel free to send photos, too!

We plan to share these stories with the general public on our Urban Forestry website and as part of our greater art project, The Year in Tree Stories. By submitting your stories and/or photos, you consent to use of these by the City of Portland for any lawful purpose, including, for example, promotion of Urban Forestry programs, publicity, illustration, advertising and web content.  

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