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 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 ID Walk
Saturday, July 23
10 a.m. to noon
Lincoln Neighborhood

Vancouver has many species of beautiful trees, but do you know how to tell one tree from another or what characteristics to look for when identifying trees? Learn the tips and tricks of Tree ID at this free tree walk and basic tree identification workshop. The workshop will focus on basic tree terminology and how to identify both native and common ornamental trees throughout the Lincoln neighborhood. Meeting at Latte Da Coffee House located at 205 E 39th St. To RSVP call 360-487-8324 or email megan.vandemark@cityofvancouver.us.

Invasive Tree of Heaven Walk
Saturday, September 3
10 a.m. to noon
John & Margaret Coop Park, 8901 NE 11th St

Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), a fast-growing invasive tree, is known for causing damage to sidewalks, sewers, and foundations. It thrives in tight spots and has an extensive root system. Join Urban Forestry Commissioner Susan Sanders and staff for a leisurely walk and learn how to identify Tree of Heaven, what problems they cause, and how to control them. Meeting location tbd. To RSVP call (360) 487-8327 or email Emma.Stammer@cityofvancouver.us.

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


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