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

 

Friends of Trees Summer Inspector Training
Saturday, May 20
9 a.m. to noon

Friends of Trees will train volunteers on how to assess the health of these new trees and provide you with a “Tree Team” t-shirt to wear on your route. Summer Inspectors are given a neighborhood-based route of approximately 20-25 recently planted trees to visit twice over the course of the summer. No experience is needed. Registration is required by emailing Friends of Trees or calling 503-595-0213.

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.

Tree ID Walk
Thursday, May 18
6 p.m.

Esther Short Park
​Hone your observation skills and learn to identify trees by examining leaves, bark, buds, and tree structure on this guided walk through Esther Short Park. Urban Forestry staff will discuss characteristics of both native and ornamental trees throughout the park. Meet by the clock tower at 6 p.m. RSVP is required as space is limited; call 360-487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

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.

Tree ID Walk
Wednesday, July 12
3 - 5 p.m.
Officers Row

​Hone your observation skills and learn to identify trees by examining leaves, bark, buds, and tree structure on this guided walk through historic Officers Row. Urban Forestry staff will discuss characteristics of both native and ornamental trees as well as history of the site. RSVP is required as space is limited; 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