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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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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

*Our updated workshop schedule will be updated this fall*

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. To see a current calendar of workshops and to register for both workshops and stewardship events, please visit: Track It Forward

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!   

Workshop

When

Where

Learning Landscapes Volunteer Training

January TBD
Only offered to NTS course graduates. Train with the Learning Landscapes Program Coordinator to learn the process and requirements to be a crew leader with the Learning Landscapes program. Volunteers participate at school tree plantings, guiding students through the tree planting while being a resource for any tree related questions the students may have.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning

1/18/2020 East Delta Park Orchard
Urban Forestry planted a demonstration orchard outside of our North Portland office in 2010. The
orchard includes 55 diverse fruit and nut trees, from the traditional apples, pears, and cherries
to paw paws, persimmons, jujubes, mulberries, and medlars. These young trees are now ready for
their winter pruning. This is a great opportunity for beginners learn fruit tree pruning basics or for
veterans to sharpen their skills. Register Here.

Tree Walk Training

February TBD
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 to teach your community about Portland's trees.

Neighborhood Tree Stewards

3/14/2020 TBD
Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours in their neighborhood after graduation.

Neighborhood Tree Stewards

3/21/2020 TBD
Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours in their neighborhood after graduation.

Neighborhood Tree Stewards

3/28/2020 TBD

Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours in their neighborhood after graduation.

Outreach Training

5/23/2020 TBD
Participants work together to develop outreach plans and objectives, identify the needs and materials to accomplish those objectives, and how to measure success of efforts.  Communication plans are created to highlight priorities and talking points. Training is focused on project development and interested participants are encouraged to bring project ideas.

Basic Tree Identification

April TBD
An introduction to identifying trees by their traits and characteristics. Trees covered will include those most common to the Portland area. No prior knowledge required.

Tree Care 101

4/25/2020 TBD
So, you’ve decided to adopt a tree? How do you care for the newest member of your family? Are you interested in being a caregiver to public trees?  This workshop covers all the basics of young tree care. Training topics include tree planting, management for each of the tree’s first years, basic needs of the tree, and guidelines for continuing care for the tree as it matures.

Decode the Tree Code

April TBD
Participants will be introduced to the processes involved in the regulation of our city trees. This training is intended for all community members to gain a better understanding of tree permitting and regulations in Portland. Both development and non-development topics with be covered

Introduction to Pruning

May TBD
Learn the basics of pruning young trees. From what tools to use and when, and when do you need a permit.

Pests & Pathogens

5/13/2020 TBD
The trees of Portland need us to keep an eye on them and watch for signs of declining health, but how can you know what those signs look like? Join PP&R Urban Forestry staff to learn about the insects, fungi and other organisms that currently affect or may be a future threat to the trees of our city.

Advanced Pruning Training

June TBD
Sequel to Pruning Training, this class explores the tougher choices made while pruning.  Additional tools used for pruning will be introduced and used; more advanced cuts and techniques will be explored.

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

8/28/2020 East Delta Park Orchard
Offered in both winter and summer, this program addresses the need of fruit tree care to optimize fruit production. The East Delta Park Orchard has a variety of different fruiting tree species that have specific care needs to allow for a diversity of available knowledge to participants.

Neighborhood Tree Stewards

9/12/2020 TBD
Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours in their neighborhood after graduation.  

Neighborhood Tree Stewards

9/19/2020 TBD
Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours in their neighborhood after graduation.  

Neighborhood Tree Stewards

9/26/2020 TBD

Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours in their neighborhood after graduation.

  

Tree Selection

9/30/2020 TBD
So you want to plant a tree? Now what? Urban Forestry staff are here to help guide you through the steps you need to take to select where to plant the tree, what tree to plant, and resources for where to get your tree from! Register here.

Tree Summit

Fall 2020 TBD
Urban Forestry's biggest event of the year! Come learn about the latest research and news on Portland's urban forest.

Technology in the Urban Forest

Fall 2020

TBD

A guided course on using available technology to enhance impact and exploration of the Urban Forest. Participants will explore the various uses for the online parks & street tree inventory interactive webmap as well as additional software that can aid in urban forestry projects. This webmap is useful for Tree Teams interested in Tree Walks and Pop-Up Arboreta.    

Local Tree Care Provider Workshop

 November  TBD

This workshop is intended for the arborist and tree care professional community to stay current with Portland's tree regulations. New for the November workshop are the updates to Portland's Approved Street Tree Planting Lists and the Development Hub PDX online permitting system. Trees in development and non-development situations will also be reviewed.  

 

 


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 Urban Forestry: UFvolunteers@portlandoregon.gov 

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