Volunteer Events and Workshops Calendar

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.


Friends of Trees Northeast Vancouver Planting
Saturday, March 14
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Haagen Park, 1030 NE 138th Ave Vancouver

Please arrive to the staging sites by 8:45 a.m. to enjoy hot coffee and breakfast treats. Gloves, tools, and training provided; just show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. Neighborhood volunteers will provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the plantings. RSVPs requested for groups of more than 5 people. For more information email Lizzie or call 360-487-8327.

Columbia Street Tree Planting
Saturday, March 28
9 a.m. to noon
Meet at Carter Park, W 33rd & Columbia Streets

Did you know that tree lined streets are a common traffic-calming tool. The Carter Park neighborhood received a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance grant to increase safety along the busy Columbia Street. One measure will be to plant new street trees along this stretch. Join the neighborhood and community volunteers to help make this high-traffic corridor safer and greener for everyone to enjoy. For questions or to RSVP, email Lizzie or call (360) 487-8327.

Now is a great time to start planning a tree planting for this fall. 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.

Street Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, April 11
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Uptown Village, meet at 25th & Main St

Interested in learning how to prune trees?  Do you want to get outside and enjoy some fresh air with your neighbors? Volunteers are needed to help prune street trees along Main Street in Uptown Village. Urban Forestry will lead this street tree pruning workshop to improve tree health and walkability along this busy corridor. Volunteers will meet onsite, learn the basics of tree pruning from a trained arborist, and then work in groups to prune street trees along Main Street.

Tree Pruning Workshop for Professionals
Thursday, April 16
6 - 8 p.m.
Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St

This free workshop is to inform professionals in the tree care industry of tree pruning techniques that reflect industry standards and acceptable standards for trees in the city. Learn about the City of Vancouver's tree codes and proper tree pruning, this workshop is led by local ISA Arborists and focuses on structural pruning, restoration pruning, and industry standards in tree care. For more information or to register for this FREE workshop call 360-487-8308 or email jessica.antoine@cityofvancouver.us

2 ISA CEU's available for Certified Arborists. Contact Urban Forestry with questions at 360-487-8308 or send an email.


Heritage Park Tree Planting
Saturday, March 21
10 a.m. to noon
3100 SE 172nd Ave

Join the Fisher's Landing Neighborhood to plant trees at the neighborhood park.Tools, gloves, and training provided -just show up ready to plant trees! Questions or RSVP to (360) 487-8308 or urban.forestry@cityofvancouver.us.

Meadow Homes Park Tree Planting
Saturday, April 4
10 a.m. to noon
4500 E 18th St

Beautify your community and get to know your neighbors during the Meadow Homes Park planting.Tools, gloves, and training provided -just show up ready to plant trees! Questions or RSVP to (360) 487-8308 or urban.forestry@cityofvancouver.us.


Natural Areas

Make a Difference Day along Burnt Bridge Creek
Saturday, October 24
9 a.m. to noon

Meet at Leverich Park, 4220 NE Leverich Park Way
Help restoration efforts along Burnt Bridge Creek with the Watersheds Alliance and the City of Vancouver's Greenway Team. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs along the banks of the creek; tools and training will be provided. Register for the event here. For more information, contact the Watersheds Alliance at 360-852-9189.

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.

View the Fall 2014 newsletter

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