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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

About Learning Landscapes

Support from Portland Parks & Recreation

PP&R staff members are available to:

  • Help students design the planting plan
  • Provide trees, tools, and mulch on the planting day
  • Help coordinate planting activities with the neighborhood and other schools
  • Help secure supplies for long-term establishment of the newly planted trees
  • Provide tree labels
  • Provide educational activities that teach students more about trees
  • Curriculum support from teachers

Leadership from the school

In order to plan a new Learning Landscape, the interested school needs to provide:

  • A main contact - A parent/staff/volunteer to help coordinate the tree planting and be responsible for the continued maintenance of the trees
  • Community support - A group of 5-10 dedicated volunteers to be present on the planting day and assist with periodic weeding and mulching throughout the first two summers.
  • Greater than 50% student participation in the tree planting or follow-up activities
  • A five-year commitment to establishing the trees
  • A commitment to replace any dead or damaged trees
  • Help developing a tree map for school and community use

See photos of Learning Landscapes at our Flickr page, and sign up for our newsletter for updates on Learning Landscape tours, maps and tree descriptions. Get inspired to build your own Learning Landscape with Learning Landscape Tree Typology and Best Practices by Michelle Mathis below.

Typology for Design                  Draft Designs for 4 schools

Contact Information

Gina Dake, Urban Forestry, Education & Outreach, Portland Parks & Recreation 503-823-1650