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

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

Tree Pruning & Care
Saturday, September 17
10 a.m. to noon

John & Margaret Coop Park, 8901 NE 11th St

Gain hands-on training in pruning young trees for clearance and structure.This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists, who will provide proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in methods and tips for pruning young trees. Proper pruning can make all the difference in keeping trees healthy and preventing hazards. Trees that receive appropriate pruning measures while they are young require less corrective pruning as they mature.

Participants should dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided. RSVP requested by calling (360) 487-8308 or by emailing Jessica.George@cityofvancouver.us

Tree Selection Talk
Wednesday, October 5
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St, Aspen Room

As new tree species are developed and become readily available, and familiar trees from childhood are less accessible, choosing the right tree for your home can seem confusing. Join Vancouver Urban Forestry staff to learn about a variety of tree species that thrive in our region, their benefits, and where is appropriate to plant them. You might just discover the perfect tree for your home.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Aspen Room at Vancouver City Hall. To learn more or to RSVP, call (360) 487-8324 or email Megan.VandeMark@cityofvancouver.us.
 

Parks

Arnada Park Work Party
Saturday, June 4
9 a.m. to noon

610 E 25th St
Did you know Arnada Park is home to a Heritage Tree? The only black walnut tree on the list sits majestically on the south side of the park. Join other volunteers in beautifying the landscape around this landmark tree. Volunteers will be pulling weeds, mulching, and planting native shrubs on the south side of the park. Tools and gloves will be provided. Dress for the weather. RSVP by calling (360) 487-8308 or by email.

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