Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day all month long

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day (and Oregon’s newly declared Arbor Month!), and in celebration of all we do together to make our world greener and healthier for all, Friends of Trees is hosting a virtual, month-long celebration on our social media channels – it’s EARTH MONTH WITH THE TREE TEAM! Tune in on our social media channels throughout April for LIVE  tree talks, tree walks, and more.

Plus, you can help us keep planting trees + growing community through donating to our $25,000 Earth Month Challenge! A pool of generous donors will match all individual donations up to $25,000, donate here!

Please check this schedule of events regularly for additions and changes. | Live Facebook events will be immediately posted to Facebook and shared to Instagram within the hour.

We look forward to celebrating with you!


WEEK 3 ~ CLIMATE JUSTICE IS SOCIAL JUSTICE

 April 12

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene: Facebook-Eugene
Erik and Taylor visit Westmoreland Park, where FOT Eugene planting volunteers have helped beautify this public space – so much community!

April 13

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk and talk in the Jade District ~ Facebook
Friends of Trees Deputy Director Whitney Dorer walks + talks with Richa Poudyal, APANO Policy Director, about the importance of planting trees in underserved, low-canopy neighborhoods

ALL DAY~ Community Pints fundraiser: Deschutes Portland Public House
Tuesdays in April: A dollar per pint + a percentage of to-go beer proceeds donated to Friends of Trees!

April 15

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene’s Trainsong neighborhood ~ Facebook-Eugene
Erik talks about 11 years of planting trees in this historically underserved neighborhood located next to an industrial area in West Eugene


WEEK 4 ~ TREES FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

April 20

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk along I-205 ~ Facebook
You read that right! Friends of Trees spent three years greening the I-205 Multi-Use Path; Whitney & Sam will tell us all about it

ALL DAY~ Community Pints fundraiser: Deschutes Portland Public House
Tuesdays in April: A dollar per pint + a percentage of to-go beer proceeds donated to Friends of Trees!


APRIL 22 ~ EARTH DAY

9:00 a.m. ~ LIVE ~ Welcome to Earth Day! ~ Facebook
Sam & Yashar talk trees + community in the FOT tree lot!

10:00 ~ LIVE ~ Volunteer Spotlight ~ Facebook
Pablo Brito, Volunteer & Outreach Specialist, chats with an FOT volunteer about … volunteering!

10:30 ~ VIDEO~ Volunteer Spotlight ~ Instagram
Posting Pablo’s volunteer chat to IG!

11:00 ~ LIVE ~ Trees for climate change ~ Facebook
Neighborhood Trees Senior Specialist Andrew Land shares some of his vast tree knowledge, probably from the always-happening FOT tree lot

NOON ~ LIVE ~ Climate adaptive trees ~ Facebook-Eugene, Facebook-Portland
Erik tree walks + talks in the University of Oregon neighborhood planted with climate adaptive trees

1:00 p.m. ~ LIVE ~ Equitably growing the urban tree canopy ~ Facebook
Whitney chats with Dr. Vivek Shandas of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions while strolling the Portland Memory Garden

3:00 ~ LIVE ~ Climate’s impact on trees ~ Facebook-Eugene; Facebook-Portland
Erik visits Spencer Butte in Eugene to talk about the Doug fir die-off there, due to climate change

4:00 ~ LIVE ~ Earth Day Crafting in NoPo! ~ Facebook
Whitney talks about, and crafts with, pine cones in a beautiful, tree-shaded spot in North Portland

4:30 ~ VIDEO~ Earth Day Crafting in NoPo! ~ Instagram
If you only do your crafting via IG, here you go!

5:00 ~ LIVE ~ Earth Day Sign-Off ~ Facebook
You just have to tune to find out what Whitney has in store for a sign-off surprise

5:30 ~ VIDEO ~ Earth Day Sign-Off ~ Instagram
Only do IG? Here’s your Earth Day farewell


WEEK 5 ~ WHY TREES

April 27

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in NE Portland ~ Facebook
Sam visits one of Portland’s best kept secrets, the Ainsworth Arboretum

ALL DAY~ Community Pints fundraiser: Deschutes Portland Public House
Tuesdays in April: A dollar per pint + a percentage of to-go beer proceeds donated to Friends of Trees!

April 29

NOON ~  LIVE tree walk with Taylor ~ Facebook-Eugene
FOT Eugene Tree Team superstar Taylor walks & talks among the trees at Bethel Community Park in West Eugene

April 30
ALL DAY ~ Earth Month in review ~ National Arbor Day

NOON ~ LIVE ~ Eugene tree walk ~ Facebook-Eugene
Erik talks about the trees right outside the FOT Eugene office!

1:00 ~ Earth Month highlights ~ Facebook + Instagram
Revisit some of our favorite Earth Month moments

2:00 ~ Earth Month highlights ~ Facebook+ Instagram
Revisit some more of our favorite Earth Month moments!

3:00 ~ LIVE ~ Sam signs off from a mystery location ~ Facebook
You have to tune in to find out where he’ll end Earth Month!

3:30 ~ LIVE ~ Sam signs off from a mystery location ~ Instagram
You have to tune in to find out where he’ll end Earth Month – maybe it’s different for IG!


WEEK 1 ~ WELCOME TO EARTH MONTH!

April 1

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in NE Portland: Facebook
Tree Team members Sam and Yashar visit with the street trees of the Cully neighborhood, celebrating planting trees where – and when! – we need it most.

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene: Facebook-Eugene
Eugene Director Erik Burke walks among and talks about street trees in Springfield


WEEK 2 ~ THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS: TREE PLANTING THE FRIENDS OF TREES WAY GROWS COMMUNITY

Thank you to this week’s sponsor, Portland General Electric’s Peak Time Rebates program!

April 6

NOON ~ The Power of Partnerships: ALL CHANNELS
A video about the Blueprint Foundation-Friends of Trees partnership

4 p.m. ~ LIVE walk + talk in North Portland: Facebook
Friends of Trees Executive Director Yashar Vasef and Blueprint Foundation Program Director Jason Stroman talk about their personal connection to trees and the power of partnerships

ALL DAY~ Community Pints fundraiser: Deschutes Portland Public House
Tuesdays in April: A dollar per pint + a percentage of to-go beer proceeds donated to Friends of Trees!

April 10 ~ Oregon Arbor Day!

10 a.m. ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene ~ Facebook-Eugene
The Eugene Tree Team plants street trees by bike in south Eugene today!

11 a.m. ~ LIVE tree walk in the Sandy River Delta ~ Facebook
Corporate & Business Relations Specialist Sam Erman walks our site at the Sandy River Delta and celebrates all the ways community comes together here

On Giving Tuesday we give trees

 

Tree Walks & Tree Talks – LIVE for Giving Tuesday & Give!Guide on December 1

Because we love giving, we love Give!Guide, we love #GivingTuesday, we love our Give!Guide partners HotLips Pizza & Level Beer, we love the Giving Tuesday Give!Guide sponser New Seasons Market, we love our volunteers & supporters – so! much! love! – we’re sharing the thing we also love with you: trees.

This Giving Tuesday we’re giving you a day full of tree walks and tree talks LIVE on Instagram (and posted to Facebook and tweeted soon after), and it’s a great day to give (more about today’s amazing Give!Guide raffle below the agenda).

 

What time?
What’s the topic?
 Who’s on?
 Where will they be?
10:00 a.m.Volunteering AND the Green Space program + a tree walkSam & PabloPablo will be LIVE from Salem’s Northgate Park
11:30 a.m.EDI + FOT; plus, Adult Urban Forestry Training ProgramSam & SurabhiDharma Rain Zen Center, NE Portland
1:00 p.m.Neighborhood Trees Program + tree walkWhitneyNorth Portland
3:00Eugene treesErikStreets of Eugene
4:00Giving, Give!Guide, tree quiz for ToniSam & G!G’s Toni TNE Portland

Please keep in mind that all events are subject to change due to weather and other issues beyond our control. Check back for agenda changes!

So, YES, today is a great day to give! Of course, #GivingTuesday is all about giving. And if you give $10+ today through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide you could win one of five “Nonprofit #PDXgivesback” packages which include a $100 gift card to New Seasons Market, $100 gift card to Paloma Clothing, and a bundle of goodies from participating nonprofits.  AND, if You’re 35 or Under you get an extra chance of winning! One “Nonprofit #PDXgivesback” package is reserved for winning donors under the age of 36! 

Each Giving Tuesday #PDXGivesBack prize package includes:

  • $100 gift card to New Seasons Market
  • $100 gift card to Paloma Clothing
  • $20 gift cards to Portland Mercado from Hacienda CDC
  • Coloring book, tote, and water bottle from Animal Aid
  • Notecard set from Vibe of Portland
  • Pair of silicups or silipints from Willamette Riverkeeper
  • Mug, #wholecommunity canvas tote, and heart-shaped stress ball from Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
  • Koozie from Friends of Columbia River Gorge
  • Two face masks from Clackamas Women’s Services
  • Adjustable ball cap from Harper’s Playground
  • A tea towel from Portland Fruit Tree Project
  • An anthology and gift certificate for a writing workshop from Write Around Portland
  • A beanie, fandana, and hand sanitizer from Northwest Mothers Milk Bank
  • Totes from Domestic Violence Resource Center
  • A coupon for a free drip coffee from Nossa Familia 
  • Two Washman car washes
  • WW’s Finder

One of the following signature pieces has been added to each prize package: 

  1. A rare pair of lifetime tickets to Portland Playhouse
  2. In Kind gift box with 14 essentials that would be great to add to your hospital bag for delivery, diaper bag, or baby’s nursery
  3. Women in Science Portland tote and picnic blanket
  4. Friends of Trees hoodie (hey, that’s from us!  )

 

Update on planting events and tree orders

Friends of Trees is taking our region’s COVID-related restrictions and guidelines very seriously. All public events from mid-March – July 2020 were cancelled, and measures are in place for current events to take place with the health and safety of our volunteers and staff at the forefront. You can find more information about our public volunteer events here.

Currently our office is closed to the general public. Staff are working remotely and on occasion have office hours; if you need to connect with a specific staff person you can find them in our staff directory.

If you ordered a street or yard tree and have questions about the tree, or if you are interested in ordering a street or yard tree to be planted during our October 2020 – April 2021 planting season, or if you have any other questions please email us at FOT@friendsoftrees.org

Thank you so much for your support and patience during these unprecedented times. We can’t wait to plant trees with you again!

Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope: together we can do extraordinary things. Friends of Trees knows this so well since that’s what we do: We plant trees. Together. And to keep doing that, to ensure trees + community are in our future, we need your help – can we count on you, if you are able, to donate to Friends of Trees Eugene today? Not only will donations plant trees + grow community, the first $1,250 will be matched by our good friends at Journey Tree Financial – thank you!

Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

Friends of Trees Eugene is part of #GivingTuesdayNow and we invite you to join us. Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team is a virtual, day-long social media event featuring Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
9:00Welcome to Giving Tuesday Now with the Tree Team
with Whitney Dorer, Interim Executive Director
10:00About the Neighborhood Trees Program
with Whitney Dorer
10:30Tree Talk video: Oregon myrtle
with Erik Burke, Eugene Director
12:00About the Volunteer & Outreach Program
Taylor Glass, Volunteer and Planting Specialist
1:00LIVE: Taylor chats with Becca Snowdale about the volunteer program
2:00About the Green Space Program
Becca Snowdale, Volunteer and Planting Specialist
2:30Tree Talk video: Pacific madrone
with Becca Snowdale
3:00Tree Walk: Neighborhood Trees
with Erik Burke
5:00Why trees, why community
Video message from Whitney
5:30Tree Talk video: Cherry tree
Oliver, the youngest Tree Team planter

April 22 Earth Day Party with the Tree Team – it’s virtual!

In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary Friends of Trees is hosting a virtual, day-long celebration on our social media channels – it’s the virtual EARTH DAY PARTY WITH THE TREE TEAM! Tune in on Wednesday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. We’ll have Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more! Here’s the schedule, and here’s the agenda for the virtual Earth Day party hosted by Friends of Trees Eugene!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
10:00Tree Talk: Friends of Trees Neighborhood Trees Specialist Andrew Lands talks about the European beech
Sponsored by J Frank Schmidt & Son
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10:30Tree Walk LIVE: Andrew (who has TONS of tree knowledge!) talks about his favorite tree – and more! – with Corporate & Business Relations Specialist Sam Erman
Sponsored by New Seasons Market
11:30Tree Talk LIVE with Timber Joey! That’s right, the Timbers’ beloved mascot Timber Joey will ask Sam his top tree questions. Not to be missed!
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
NoonLunchtime Chat LIVE Learn about Friends of Trees’ EDI work and our Urban Forestry job training program. Sam joins Friends of Trees EDI Specialist Surabhi Mahajan for a Q & A.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
1:30Tree Walk LIVE Sam Erman visits some trees & talks about some of the many benefits of trees
Sponsored by the Port of Portland
2:30Tree Talk Friends of Trees Green Space Specialist Hanna Dornhofer talks about the native Red flowering currant
Sponsored by Oregon Soap Company and Cafe Yumm
3:00Tree Walk LIVE Hanna is joined by Sam at a restoration site as they explore some of the native trees and shrubs we plant, and more!
Sponsored by Daimler Trucks North America / Portland Trail Blazers / Threes for Trees
4:30Tree Talk Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer visits some Giant sequoias
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
5:00LIVE chat with Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer. Whitney shares what she loves about trees + community.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
5:30We’ll recap Whitney’s chat  in case you missed it
Sponsored by Rigert Shade Trees

 

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