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.

Neighborhoods

Hearthwood Park Street Tree Planting
Saturday, November 8
10 a.m. to noon
801 NE Hearthwood Blvd

Join Urban Forestry and the Hearthwood Neighborhood Association in planting street trees along Hearthwood Park. Not only will new trees beautify this neighborhood thoroughfare, but they will also help trap dangerous particulates from vehicles, sequester carbon, provide shade, and reduce stormwater flow along the road and into stormdrains.

Tools and training will be provided. Please RSVP to (360) 487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

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 free educational workshops all about trees hosted by Vancouver Urban Forestry.

Old City Cemetery Tree Walk
Tuesday, October 7
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Meet at Old City Cemetery, at the E 13th & Z St. entrance

Join Urban Forestry and the Central Park neighborhood for a walk through time at the Old City Cemetery. Learn about the magnificent trees and the history of the cemetery and its notable residents. RSVP to 360-487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

Burnt Bridge Creek Nature Walk
Saturday, October 18
9 to 10:30 a.m.

Meet at 65th St trailhead, just south of SE 18th St.
Learn how the City of Vancouver balances public use with habitat restoration and stormwater management along Burnt Bridge Creek. Join the Greenway Team and Urban Forestry for a walk along Burnt Bridge Creek and learn how the City manages this multi-use area. Burnt Bridge Creek is an urban stream that flows through the heart of Vancouver, with an adjacent recreational path that runs for 8 miles. Various portions of the creek and adjacent natural areas house stormwater management infrastructure along with conifer-hardwood forest, oak woodland, and grassland habitats. Participants will learn about the co-management of this park and natural area; sustainable trails planning and implementation; large-scale habitat restoration; progressive stormwater management systems; and stewardship activities along the Greenway.

Do you like trees and want to learn more? Then join the 2014 NeighborWoods Steward training, a seven week series of classroom and hands-on workshops all about trees this fall.

Call (360) 487-8308 or send us an email to register.

Parks

Gretchen Fraser Park Tree Planting
Saturday, April 12, 2014
10 a.m. to noon
SE 155th & Mill Plain Blvd

Help green Vancouver at this community tree planting event. Volunteers will plant 25 new trees to help clean our air and water, and increase shade and habitat. Tools, training, and snacks will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes. RSVP to 487-8308 or urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us

Natural Areas

Make a Difference Day along Burnt Bridge Creek
Saturday, October 25
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