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 Central Vancouver Planting
Saturday, January 17
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Evergreen Bible Church, 9600 E. Mill Plain Blvd

Friends of Trees West Vancouver Planting
Saturday, February 21
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St Lukes Church, 426 E Fourth Plain Blvd

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.

Understanding Hazard Trees
Wednesday, January 28
5:30 to 7 p.m.
City Hall, Aspen Room

Join this free TreeTalk workshop and learn to recognize common tree hazards while taking proper corrective actions to protect yourself and your trees. Careful understanding and management of tree defects creates a safer environment, reduces liability, and provides a basis for prioritizing tree care. A local certified arborist and tree risk assessor will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer your tree care questions. 2 ISA CEU's available for Certified Arborists. Contact Urban Forestry with questions at 360-487-8308 or email.

Street Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, January 31
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet on the corner of SE 172nd Ave & SE 34th 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 SE 34th Street in Fisher's Creek and Village at Fishers Landing neighborhoods on January 31. 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 SE 34th St.

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

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, February 7th
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
78th St Heritage Farm

Whether your garden is a large rural acreage or a small city lot, fruit trees make a wonderful, edible landscape addition. The WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener program is partnering with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit to offer a fruit tree pruning workshop for community members who have or who are considering getting fruit trees.

The workshop starts with a classroom presentation at the Luke Jensen Sports Complex community room. After a brown bag lunch break, the class will move to the 78th Street Heritage Farm orchard for a hands-on winter pruning lesson in the afternoon. The cost of the workshop is $45 and registration is required at http://bpt.me/866192.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee/tea provided. Dress for weather and uneven, wet ground. For more information, contact Erika Johnson at Erika.d.Johnson@wsu.edu or 360-397-6060 x 5738.

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.


First Place Park Tree Planting
Saturday, February 7
10 a.m. to noon
SE 16th St & 151st Ave

Join other community volunteers to plant trees at First Place Park this winter. During the heavy winds last fall this park lost many trees. Help re-forest the park and get to know your community during this fun planting event. Tools, gloves, and materials will be provided. Show up dressed for the weather and ready to plant! RSVP to (360) 497-8308 or urban.forestry@cityofvancouver.us.

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.

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