There are so many great ways to volunteer with Friends of Trees in Eugene & Springfield! From October to April we plant street trees through our Neighborhood Trees Program, or we restore natural areas planting seedlings and native shrubs with our Green Space Program.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities!
Pruning Leaders: Our pruning season runs from August through early October. Similar to Crew Leaders, Pruning Leaders will pair up and guide volunteers in the fine art and science of pruning young street trees. We will have a brief demonstration of proper pruning technique, then break into small teams and practice our new skills on some trees near the office.
Sign up for this year’s events here! Preregistration is required. Limited capacity, sign up to hold your spot!
Summer Inspectors: Summer inspectors are always one of our most popular volunteers roles. Why? These trained volunteers learn how to assess the health of newly planted street and yard trees and give homeowners watering and mulching tips. Each inspector checks on his or her assigned trees twice during the summer, wrapping up by mid August. Plus, you get to stroll around Eugene’s beautiful neighborhoods in the summer sun at your own leisure. Not a bad way to do good work. Check back in May 2021 for the next Summer Inspector training!
Fall Volunteer Opportunities!
Saturday Tree Planters
We organize public tree planting events on Saturday morning from November – April and we always need help planting trees. We provide coffee and breakfast treats to get you fueled up, as well as gloves, tools and trained volunteer guidance. It’s a great way to get outside, learn how to plant trees, meet people, fulfill service learning requirements and help make the Eugene/Springfield metro region greener and healthier – all in a few hours!
Groups: RSVPs are kindly requested for groups of more than 5 people – please click HERE to do so. RSVPs are not required for groups of 4 or less.
As a leader in one of our most important volunteer roles, you will help teach our volunteers how to plant trees and work together as a team. Not only is being a crew leader a great way to meet people and develop valuable leadership skills, but you get to learn how to plant trees the right way. You’ll also get to wear a Friends of Trees Vest at weekend plantings and receive the respect and admiration of the volunteers on your crew.
At our training event you will learn about proper planting techniques, safety protocols, and how to lead a team of volunteers on planting day. You will also receive a coveted Tree Team t-shirt and great food (a hallmark of all of our planting events) as well! During our planting season, we ask that each crew leader commit to guiding small groups of planters at a minimum of 4 Saturday morning plantings.
This year’s winter Crew Leader training will be held on January 30th, 2020! RSVP for this fun event soon, space is limited!
Truck Drivers & Bike Planters
Our neighborhood tree planting events have a lot of moving parts: trees, tools, homeowners, volunteers… and the list goes on! We’ve got a few special volunteers roles that we have an urgent need for:
Truck Drivers: Nearly very planting crew needs truck driver support. Tree are big and heavy and tools add up quickly. Volunteer truck drivers lend their vehicles to a planting event and help us get our trees and tools from house to house on planting day. Whether you want to volunteer at your neighborhood planting event, or you are free to join us over multiple weekends, we’d love to have your help! Sign up here to volunteer as a truck driver.
Bike Planters: If you are pumped on biking and want to bring your bike out to a planting event – we can work with that! Bicycling crews transport all of the trees, tools and people to each planting site during neighborhood planting events. Folks with bike trailers and racks are encouraged, though anyone with a bike is welcome to plant with us! Sign up here to join us as a bike planter!
Planting Event Help – Other opportunities to volunteer!
We are always looking for help setting up, registering volunteers, feeding volunteers, and cleaning up at our planting events. Check out the sign up form and find more information about volunteering at a planting event.
About the Friends of Trees Eugene Metro office
In September 2011, the Eugene Tree Foundation joined forces with Friends of Trees to become our Friends of Trees Eugene office! Serving the Eugene-Springfield metro area, Friends of Trees Eugene has partnered with thousands of volunteers to plant 6,000+ trees and native shrubs over the years. This work has never been more important: In Eugene there has actually been a decrease in tree canopy, at a time when we need trees more than ever. Friends of Trees-Eugene is planting trees to increase our community’s tree canopy—but that’s not all! We’re proactively working to improve our local programs and our impact:
- We focus heavily on tree selection for climate change, choosing species that can withstand more extreme conditions.
- We’ve brought together the public and municipal managers numerous times to discuss tree selection—right tree, right place.
- We’re testing a wide variety of trees for climate resilience, including working with a local nursery on growing some of these species right here.
- We’re working with the cities of Eugene and Springfield to update their approved street tree lists to allow tree species we think will be more climate-resilient.
Support our work! Donate today to support Friends of Trees – Eugene.
For more information please email us or call the Eugene office at 541-632-3683.