Friends of Trees has more than 70 public planting events scheduled around the Portland metro region between October and March (see attached calendar). These volunteer events are fun and healthy ways to gain volunteer service hours, as well as ways to provide a group bonding activity that makes a real difference in our communities.
Friends of Trees has two different and wonderful planting programs where you show up and are put to work. And you’re always done by 1:00pm. Not bad work for a Saturday morning!
- The Green Space Initiative program plants small native trees and shrubs in natural areas and green spaces, mostly in municipalities surrounding Portland, to restore native habitat and improve watershed health. They have added a new focus with their Rock Creek Partnership, but they still plant along the I-205 Multi-Use Path and all over Washington and Clackamas counties.
- The Neighborhood Trees program plants large (8-12′) street and yard trees with homeowners and planting volunteers in eastside Portland neighborhoods, as well as in Vancouver and Beaverton. This program won the Governor’s Volunteer Award for Outstanding Volunteer Program in all of Portland in 2011.
The plantings occur on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. They provide breakfast pastries, coffee and hot chocolate, gloves, tools and tree-planting guidance. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. dressed appropriately for the weather and ready to have some fun! They ask that everyone under 15 years old is accompanied by an adult.
HOW TO CONNECT WITH FRIENDS OF TREES
- Pre-register a group for a planting by clicking HERE.
- Please note the procedures for service learning hours, as well as their youth waiver requirements HERE
- For more information about volunteering, please visit FriendsofTrees.org/Volunteering
- You can check the online calendar HERE for more information about any of the many planting events.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny Bedell-Stiles or Andy Meeks in the Volunteer & Outreach Program.