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

Friends of Trees, NE Vancouver Planting
Saturday, March 26
8:45 a.m. to noon
Meet at Haagen Park, NE 138th Ave & LeRoy Haagen Drive

Arrive early to enjoy coffee and pastries. Dress for the weather. Training and tools will be provided, as well as a potluck lunch after the planting. For questions or to RSVP groups larger than 5, email emma.stammer@cityofvancouver.us or call 360-487-8327.

Plant, Prune, and Mulch
Saturday, April 2
10 a.m. to noon
Rose Village Community Garden, 2101 St Johns Blvd

Much more than a garden, this is a community gathering space. Join the Rose Village neighborhood to prep this community space for spring. Volunteers will be planting trees and flower bulbs, pruning fruit trees, and mulching it all! Staff from Urban Forestry will be on hand to lead a fruit tree pruning session. 
Tools and gloves will be provided. Dress for the weather. RSVP by calling (360) 487-8308 or by emailing Jessica.George@cityofvancouver.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 Pruning
Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. to noon

Fircrest Park, 12200 NE 5th 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

Parks

Mulch Madness at Arnada Park
Saturday, March 19
10 a.m. to noon

610 E 25th St
Plant shrubs and mulch, mulch, mulch trees and shrubs throughout the park during this Mulch Madness event. Mulching trees is one of the best things you can do for your trees, shrubs, and landscapes. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, reduces soil moisture loss, reduces soil compaction, provides nutrients, improves soil structure, and prevents mower and trimmer damage to the tree trunk. These benefits result in healthier plants and soils. Dress for the weather. RSVP by calling (360) 487-8308 or by email.

St Helens Park Mulch Madness
Saturday, March 19
1 to 3 p.m.

4007 E 13th St
Mulch, mulch, mulch trees and shrubs throughout the park during this Mulch Madness event. Mulching trees is one of the best things you can do for your trees, shrubs, and landscapes. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, reduces soil moisture loss, reduces soil compaction, provides nutrients, improves soil structure, and prevents mower and trimmer damage to the tree trunk. These benefits result in healthier plants and soils. Dress for the weather. RSVP by calling (360) 487-8308 or by email.Tools, gloves, and training will be provided. Dress for the weather.

Haagen Community Park Mulch Madness
Saturday, March 26
10 a.m. to noon
NE LeRoy Haagen Memorial Drive & 138th Ave 

Join the Haagen Adopt-a-Park team to mulch trees and natural area. Tools, gloves, and training will be provided. Dress for the weather.

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