Tree curriculum: September events

Come downtown Friday afternoon and learn how to make seed bombs, or check out this photo tutorial. (LA Times)

Sept. 18, Friday 9 a.m. -3 p.m., is Park (ing) Day with Friends of Trees

Stumptown, 128 SW 3rd Ave.

One-day global event demonstrates the value and need for natural green spaces in the city . Friends of Trees will transform a downtown parking space into a green oasis, with real grass and trees. Come taste the stump, make some seed bombs, and learn how to enhance our urban canopy. 

Sept. 19, Saturday 11 a.m. -6 p.m., begins the Alberta Street Fair with Friends of Trees

Northeast Portland cultural event includes opportunities to meet local organizations. Stop by the Friends of Trees’ booth and ask some tree questions or learn how to volunteer at your neighborhood planting. For more information, please contact Andy at 503-282-8846 ext. 24 or [email protected].

Sept. 20, Sunday 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m., is Friends of Trees’ Volunteer Picnic

Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th & Belmont

Friends of Trees invites its amazing volunteer corps to an afternoon treat of food and drinks. Come chat and play kickball in the sun before our 20th anniversary planting season begins. Please RSVP to Mary Harrell at [email protected].

Sept. 26, Saturday 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m., is GSI Crew Leader Training

Brown’s Ferry Park, 5855 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin

Learn the necessary skills to lead crew for Friends of Trees’ Green Space Initiative program (formerly Natural Area Restoration). Training is free but space is limited. GSI crew leaders manage plantings of native trees and shrubs for both small and large scale plantings.

Sept. 26, Saturday 10 a.m. -4p.m., is the Welcome the Rain festival with Friends of Trees

Rigler Elementary School, 5401 NE Prescott

Visit the Friends of Trees’ booth and learn about how much storm runoff trees absorb every year at this local water conservation event and rain celebration. Free workshops will cover: rainwater harvesting; how to build an ecoroof; wet bicycling; disconnecting downspouts; and much more.

Sept. 29 to Oct. 17 is Tree Steward training with Portland Public Parks & Recreation

Seven session course covers general and advanced arbor care, tree biology, identification, planting and preservation. Once trained, neighborhood tree stewards work with PP&R staff on tree projects. Class is for ages 14 and up and costs $25.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Andy Meeks at 503-282-8846 ext. 24 or [email protected]. For even more information, please contact Greg Tudor at 503.282.8846 ext. 12, or [email protected]