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

Neighborhood Tree Planting with Friends of Trees
Saturday, November 19
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Real Life Church, 2202 SE Bella Vista Dr

Please arrive to the staging site by 8:45 a.m. to enjoy some hot coffee and breakfast treats. The planting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Gloves, tools, and training are provided, just show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. Our neighborhood volunteers will also provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete! For more information email Megan Van de Mark or call 360-487-8324. 

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 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.

Old City Cemetery Walk: Notable Trees and Notable Residents
Thursday, October 20
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Old City Cemetery

Tour Vancouver's Old City Cemetery with Clark County Historical Society and Urban Forestry. Hear stories of the cemetery's past, the people laid to rest there, and the historic trees growing within the cemetery grounds. Register here.

How to Recognize Hazardous Trees and What You Can Do
Wednesday, November 9
6 p.m.

Vancouver City Hall, Aspen Room
​When Pacific Northwest weather brings rains and winds, concerns and questions about the condition and safety of large trees rise. Careful understanding and management of tree defects in advance can help create a safer environment, reduce liability and ease those concerns. The public is invited to learn how to recognize and manage hazardous trees at this free workshop. Certified Arborists and Certified Tree Risk Assessors will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions. RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or email Jessica.George@cityofvancouver.us

Parks

Does your neighborhood park need more trees? Contact Urban Forestry to learn more.

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