Volunteer Events and Workshops Calendar

volunteer planting tree

Urban Forestry plants and takes care of about 1000 new trees throughout Vancouver each year, and it couldn't be done without all of our dedicated volunteers. Visit this page regularly to find out about volunteer opportunities throughout the year, from planting season through maintenance season.

If you would like to be placed on our mailing list and receive quarterly updates about upcoming events, plantings and volunteer opportunities, download and return the Volunteer Interest Form, call (360) 487-8308, or send us an e-mail.

For more information on any of the following events, please feel free to contact us.

Neighborhoods

Central Neighborhood Tree Planting with Friends of Trees
Saturday, March 11
8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
David Douglas Park, 1016 N Garrison Rd

NE Neighborhood Tree Planting with Friends of Trees
Saturday, March 18
8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
East Woods Presbyterian, 16210 NE 20th St

Arrive to the staging site by 8:45 a.m. for coffee and light snacks. The planting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Gloves, tools, and training are provided; come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. A potluck is provided lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete! For more information email Megan Van de Mark or call 360-487-8324. 

Now is a great time to start planning a tree planting for this fall or winter. If you would like trees at your home, business, local park, or other area contact Urban Forestry to find out how.

Lincoln Neighborhood Tree Map
Take a leisurely stroll through the Lincoln Neighborhood with this tree map and see what different trees look like during each season, you may see one that would look perfect in your yard!

TreeTalk Workshops

A series of educational workshops all about trees hosted by Vancouver Urban Forestry.

Winter Tree ID Walk
Saturday, February 25
10 a.m. to noon

Clark College Arboretum
Hone your observation skills and learn to identify trees not by leaves – but by bark, twig arrangement and growth type. Participants will learn the unique attributes of several species that will aid in deciduous tree ID during the dormant months. Join Urban Forestry for this free workshop through the Clark College Arboretum. Limited space, RSVP required by emailing Jessica.George@cityofvancouver.us or by calling (360) 487-8308.

Tree Pruning Workshop
Thursday, April 6
5 p.m.
Wildflower Meadow, corner of MacArthur Blvd & Blandford Dr

Learn pruning basics, such as when and how to make the right pruning cuts and overall pruning strategies at this hands-on workshop. Learning how to properly prune your own trees is a terrific way to save money, enjoy your landscape, and participate in the care of our urban forest. Limited space, RSVP required by emailing Jessica.George@cityofvancouver.us or by calling (360) 487-8308.

Heritage Tree Bike Ride
Wednesday, June 28
6 to 8 p.m.
Meet at Esther Short Park, 415 W 6th St

Join Vancouver Urban Forestry for a leisurely tour of the city's finest Heritage Trees. Beginning and ending at Esther Short Park, this tour will visit 10 of Vancouver's celebrated Heritage Trees on an enjoyable 4-mile guided bicycle ride. The tour will stop to discuss these trees whose legacies connect us to the history of our region. Helmets required. For more information or to RSVP call (360) 487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

Parks

Does your neighborhood park need more trees? Contact Urban Forestry to learn more.

Natural Areas

There are several natural area sites throughout Vancouver that have an ongoing restoration need, though. Projects at each site include young tree care, mulching, and removing invasive plants. These are great projects for groups and can be scheduled around your needs.

Behren's Woods, Bella Vista neighborhood

Clay Canyon, Ellsworth Springs neighborhood

Starke Park, Fircrest neighborhood

Please email Urban Forestry or call 487-8308 for details or to schedule a work party. Training, materials, and tools will be provided.

Susan hugging Friends of Trees mascot Garry Oak
Friends of Trees volunteers planting trees in Vancouver
Kids planting at Make a Difference Day event
Volunteer preparing a shrub for planting
Clark College students planting a tree
Fruit tree pruning workshop