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

There are no tree plantings scheduled this summer, but 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.

Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, July 18
9 a.m. to noon
First Place Park, NE 16th St & 151st Ave

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 young trees in First Place Park. Urban Forestry will lead this tree pruning workshop to improve the health and structure of the young trees.Volunteers will meet onsite, learn the basics of tree pruning from a trained arborist, and then work in groups to prune trees throughout the park. Tools and gloves will be provided, bring bypass hand pruners if you have them.

Parks

Mulch Madness at Father B Park
Saturday, July 11
9 a.m. to noon
Father Blanchet Park, 7209 Louisiana Dr

Come one, come all to Father B Park for Mulch Madness! Volunteers will mulch trees and planting beds throughout the park. Tools and gloves will be provided.

Adding mulch to trees and shrubs is a great way to help suppress weeds, boost the soil's ability to hold in moisture, and build a "soil sponge" to prevent runoff. Mulch (leaves, chipped branches, and bark) is broken down by soil critters, then eaten by soil microorganisms. Those microorganisms help feed plants. Some of the bits of mulch that aren't broken down help create pockets of air and water that help retain water through the hot summer months.
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.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.

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