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.


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.

Heritage Tree Bike Ride
Tuesday, June 24
6 to 7:30 p.m
Meet at Esther Short Park, near the clock tower
Join Urban Forestry for a leisurely tour of the City's finest Heritage Trees on this four-mile loop through downtown Vancouver. Learn about these amazing trees and the legacies that connect us all to the history of our region. To RSVP contact 360-487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

Tree Pruning Workshop
Thursday, July 24
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Meet at Hough Elementary School, 1900 Daniels St

Learn to prune like a pro at this free, hand-on workshop. Arborists with Urban Forestry will focus on pruning young trees for structure, health, and clearance. Bring bypass hand pruners if you have them, all other tools will be provided. RSVP to 360-487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

Tree ID Walk
Tuesday, July 29
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Meet at Marshall Community Park, 1015 E McLoughlin Blvd

The tree ID walk will begin at the large maple near the playground, continue through the Street Tree Arboretum, then to Clark College. Learn tree identification skills as the tour visits several native, ornamental, and landscape trees common to our region. RSVP to 360-487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.

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.


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

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