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Sacramento Elementary School Learning Landscape Tree Planting


Sacramento 2003 Tree Planting

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On February 27 Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry will plant 38 trees with students, parents and teachers from Sacramento School in northeast Portland.  These trees from five continents will increase tree diversity on the school grounds and create an opportunity to learn about geography, science, arts and writing by studying these unique trees.


Improve the health of students and the surrounding environment by planting a diverse mix of trees at Sacramento School. 

Special considerations

Special emphasis will be on evergreen conifers to help buffer bitterly cold east winds from the Columbia Gorge that can strike in winter.

  • 20 conifers (including some deciduous conifers) and 6 broadleaf trees
  • More than a half of the trees will be Oregon natives
  • 4 of the trees are living fossils – ginkgo, monkey puzzle, giant sequoia, and umbrella pine
  • 2 represent trees that would have grown on the ancient supercontinent Gondwana (monkey puzzle and Tasmanian summit cedar)
  • The planting will be intentionally diverse to maximize learning opportunities:
  • Trees from at least five continents
  • Trees from 5 of the 8 countries where Portland has a sister city
  • Trees will provide visual interest for classrooms
  • Edible Asian persimmons will provide seasonal interest
  • Smaller, slower growing conifers will to provide year-round visual interest and reduce noise to the classrooms from the playgrounds

Trees are being selected for:

  • usefulness for teaching tree biology, natural history, ethnobotany and other subjects
  • many of the trees have cultural significance to Asian, Native American and other peoples
  • fall color and diverse foliage color and texture will beautify the landscape
  • longer lifespans and lower maintenance needs (no spraying)
  • value to wildlife as food or shelter
  • 10 of the trees are listed as endangered or vulnerable to extinction in the wild or near threatened

Benefits from the planting

1.     To students, trees will:

  • filter asthma-worsening air pollution from the nearby I-205 freeway and other streets
  • reduce stress-inducing noise from the nearby I-205 freeway
  • provide shade and cool the air on hot days
  • reduce the brunt of frigid east winds from the Columbia Gorge during winter

2.     To the environment, trees will provide:

  • food, roosting and nesting sites for wildlife
  • evergreen trees will provide shelter from storms and winter cold and will intercept stormwater runoff
  • greater biodiversity, with about 20 species and 14 genera in 8 tree families


Students will be planting trees all day, volunteers are needed:

8:00-10:00 am  prep for a.m. planting

10 to 12:00 pm help with morning planting, and prep for afternoon planting

1 to 2:30 pm help afternoon planting and clean-up

Students, teachers and community members are invited to celebrate the tree planting in an afternoon assembly outside at 1:30 pm.

Contact or 503-823-8779 for more information.


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 To see the full planting plan, click image below.

Sacramento Full Planting Plan


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Dave Thompson

June 15, 2015 at 1:47 PM

I love that kids are being started early on loving nature. Kids need to be taught that we are living on this earth and we need to take care of it the best we can. Programs like this are great ways of starting these kids on the right path.


Ricky Anderson

August 21, 2015 at 5:03 AM

Nice article.!


siggi buss

August 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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John Anderson

November 2, 2015 at 5:31 PM

I like to hear that students are learning by doing. I thing getting out and planting trees is a wonderful way to know more about trees. The fact that they are doing it for the school to lessen air pollution, and decrease noise it cool too.


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