Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

Workshops with Urban Forestry

  • Pruning Workshops Arborist take pruning workshop participants out to prune young street trees

  • Street Tree Pruning Learning to prune young street trees for structure and health

  • Heritage Trees Rain or shine, Heritage Tree walks always bring a smile

  • Wrong tree, wrong place Learning to identify invasive tree species and best strategies for their control

  • Tree Care Mulching and pruning at the Cully Concordia International Grove

  • Tree Planting Planting evergreen and native trees along a barren stretch of right-of-way in Boise neighborhood

  • Tree Walk Spring cherry tree walk in Sunnyside neighborhood

Community Workshops and Classes

Urban Forestry hosts community workshops on a wide variety of tree topics. Our workshops are a great place to build on your existing tree knowledge and skills or to take your first steps into the world of tree care and urban forestry stewardship. 

Workshop information such a time and location will be updated as the events approach. Sign up for Urban Forestry's e-newsletter, TreeBark, to receive updates straight to your inbox!   

Another great way to connect to Portland's urban trees is to get involved with Urban Forestry's Park Tree Inventory. See the full schedule and register for inventory events here.

When and Where

Event

October 2, 2018
Tuesday, 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Matt Dishman Community Center 
Which Tree to Plant?
Learn which trees will thrive in your space, bring year-round enjoyment, and contribute to a healthy forest. Consult with experts, sign up for a Friends of Trees planting, and talk with neighbors about their tree experiences.
October 13, 2018
Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Roseway Park Blocks, NE 72nd Ave & NE Skidmore St.
Tree Planting on the Roseway Park Blocks
Join Urban Forestry, the Roseway Tree Team, and the Roseway Neighborhood Association to plant a variety of trees on the NE Mason to NE Prescott blocks. Trees, tools, and snacks provided, and all ages are welcome. Dress for the weather, we will be planting rain or shine!
October 17, 2018
Wednesday, (9:00 am-noon)
Location: Sacajawea Park, NE 75th & NE Roselawn St. 
Learning Landscapes Volunteer Training
This training allows volunteers to get involved with Urban Forestry's Learning Landscapes planting program. Learn what it takes to effectively plant new trees with students and become eligible to volunteer at the Learning Landscapes school plantings throughout the year.
October 27, 2018
Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm
Mt. Scott Community Center 
9th Annual Tree Summit
Learn about Portland’s urban forest from the experts! Guest speakers will share the latest science of our city’s trees, and Tree Inventory results will be revealed, highlighting rare finds and surprises from the past summer’s work. The summit includes a volunteer networking lunch where you will learn about ways to get more involved in caring for Portland’s trees.
November 8, 2018
Thursday, 10 am – 1 pm
Community Music Center 
Local Tree Care Providers Workshop
Geared towards arborists and tree care companies, this free workshop covers Portland’s Tree Code, Title 11 Trees. Urban Forestry staff will explain the regulations for tree removal, pruning, tree preservation in development, and more.
December 8, 2018
Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm
Mt. Scott Community Center
Portland Pruners Program
Learn what it takes to set up your own small-scale street tree pruning events. This training teaches experienced pruners how to organize and lead small pruning groups to independently prune street trees in their neighborhood.
January 19, 2018
Saturday, 9 am-noon
Location: TBD
Decode the Tree Code
Designed for a general audience, this workshop gives an overview of Portland’s Tree Code, Title 11 Trees. Learn more about how Portland's trees are regulated and get your Tree Code questions answered.
January 29, 2018
Tuesday, 9 am-noon
Delta Park Orchard                             
Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Join us at Urban Forestry's community orchard and learn the fundamentals of winter fruit tree pruning and care. Learn basic tree pruning techniques and special ways to care for different types of fruit trees.
March 23, 2019
Saturday, TBA
Location, TBD
Tree Walk Leader Training
Want to show off your neighborhood's trees? Learn how to organize and lead groups as you talk all things trees. This training teaches the fundamentals of creating interpretive nature and tree walks as a way to teach your community about Portland's trees.
March 23, 2019
Saturday, TBA
Location: TBD
Heritage Tree Workshop
Learn what makes Heritage Trees special, how they are selected, what protections they get, and how you can nominate your community trees for heritage status.
May 27, 2019
Saturday, TBA
Location: TBD
Summer Tree Care Workshop
Hot, dry summers are tough for young urban trees. Learn what it takes to care for trees during summer droughts and get set up with the resources and knowledge to water and care for our community trees.

Tree Team and Steward Resources

Portland is very fortunate to have many passionate community members who care for their neighborhood trees. As well as providing scheduled workshops, Urban Forestry is available to assist Tree Teams and Stewards with their own tree care projects and events. 

Urban Forestry also has additional opportunities and resources available for our Tree Teams, volunteers, and stewards. Listed below are additional stewardship opportunities. 

Stewardship Opportunity 

Description

Interpretive Tree Walks

Hosting a Tree Walk in your neighborhood or in your favorite park is a great way to introduce new people to your neighborhood trees. Urban Forestry staff can provide resources for how to organize your walk, help you pick trees, and create talking points. Urban Forestry can help promote your walk and create a registration page for people to sign up to walk and learn with you. 

Tree Team Projects

Got an idea or need help thinking of an idea for your next Tree Team project? Connect with Urban Forestry staff help to learn about potential opportunities like tree plantings, tree giveaways, pop-up arboreta, local tree care projects, community outreach, and more. 
New Tree Team Development Get help starting a Tree Team in your neighborhood. Connect with Urban Forestry to discuss how to make plans and goals for your new team and learn what resources are available for local tree care projects. 

Outreach and Tabling Materials 

Get access to Urban Forestry outreach materials to help teach new people about trees. Urban Forestry can provide tree care brochures, planting lists, and information about local tree care and how people can get connected with their community trees.
Portland Pruners Program Once you have completed the Portland Pruners Program (PPP) orientation training, experienced pruners can organize small pruning workshops in their own neighborhoods. Urban Forestry will provide you and your team with the materials and tools you need to connect with your community and prune young street trees.
Volunteer Opportunities If you are looking for more ways to get involved or are working to get volunteer hours, Urban Forestry will have many opportunities to volunteer with us. These opportunities include helping with Yard Tree Giveaways, Arbor Day, tabling at community events, assisting with workshops, and more. 

To learn more about these resources, contact Dan Gleason at daniel.gleason@portlandoregon.gov.

 

Urban Forestry Blog View all »

  1. Aug 28

  2. Aug 21

    Californians in Oregon: How do sequoias and redwoods do in Portland?

    Spoiler alert: These forest giants adapt well to the city

  3. Aug 8

    Park Profile: Columbia Park

    North Portland's historic oasis

  4. Jul 27

    The Ongoing Puzzle of Portland’s 3-Needled Pines

    Park Tree Inventory volunteers find at least 4 different species!

  5. Jul 20

    Park Profile: Lincoln Park

    Hazelwood's hidden gem