Tree Walks with the Tree Team for Give More 24!

 

Donate today to Friends of Trees and help plant more trees in southwest Washington!

To celebrate Give More 24, the Tree Team is hosting virtual tree walks, both live & recorded, on our social media channels. Garry Oak will make an appearance or two. Plus, the tree walks will feature a special guest from the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team, former Tree Team Member Jesse Batty. Here’s the schedule for Give More 24 with the Tree Team, join us!

Please note that live tree walks are not open to the public due to social distancing regulations, please join us on the tree walks through our social media channels.

All events are subject to change due to weather or other considerations.

TimeTopicWhere To Join
10:00LIVE Welcome to Give More 24 with the Tree Team – with Garry Oak!
Esther Short Park
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10:15LIVE Tree Walk in Esther Short Park
with Vancouver Urban Forestry Specialist Jesse Batty 
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12:00LIVE tree walk in the Carter Park neighborhood
with Jesse & Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer
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2:00Esther Short Tree Walk available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
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4:00Carter Park Tree Walk available on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterFacebook
6:30A message from Garry Oak
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Meeting our $3,000 goal today means that in just one day we’re 20% closer to bridging our tree gap in southwest Washington–and bridging our tree gap means everyone in our southwest Washington service area who wants a tree, gets a tree. When you donate to Friends of Trees with Give More 24 you are helping your neighbors get trees. Thank you for helping make this happen! Would you like a tree of your own? Get started here to get a tree.

Friends of Trees has been planting trees and growing community in Southwest Washington since 2003, and we’ve engaged local volunteers to plant 6,700 trees in here. In our last planting season, 600 volunteers donated more than 2,000 hours to plant 460 trees at 11 volunteer tree planting events in Vancouver and Clark County. Of course, our planting season this year will look a bit different as we respect social distancing and group size limits — but rest assured, we’ll still be planting trees and we’ll still be engaging with volunteers, You can learn more about what our volunteer events will look like this season here.

Friends of Trees plants 50,000+ trees and native shrubs every year throughout Western Oregon and Southwest Washington. Thanks to generous support from friends like you we’ve planted more than 850,000 trees and native shrubs in hundreds of neighborhoods and natural areas since 1989.

You can feel good about donating to Friends of Trees because all donations plant trees and bring people together.

Thank you for supporting trees + community!

Giving Tuesday Now – join us on May 5

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 helpcan we count on you, if you are at all able, to donate to Friends of Trees today? Not only will all donations plant trees + grow community, the first $2500 in Giving Tuesday Now donations will be matched by our good friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery – cheers!

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

TimeTopicWhere To Join
9:00Welcome to Giving Tuesday Now with the Tree Team
with Whitney Dorer, Interim Executive Director
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10:00About the Neighborhood Trees Program
Whitney Dorer
10:30LIVE tree walk with WhitneyFacebook
12:00About the Volunteer & Outreach Program
Whitney
1:00LIVE: Sam Erman chats with Friends of Trees volunteer Maxine
2:00About the Green Space Program
Whitney
2:30Tree Talk video: bigleaf maple
Logan Lauvray, Green Space Program Manager
5:00Why trees, why community
Video message from Whitney
5:30Tree Talk video: Cherry tree
Oliver, the youngest Tree Team planter

 

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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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THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Earth Day Party with the Tree Team!

 

 

 

Be a tree advocate this summer

Meeting neighbors and members of the community on a beautiful summer evening - National Night Out, August 2009. (FoT File)

By Andy Meeks

By now you may know that our tree planting season runs from November to April because it’s the best time of year to plant trees: the trees are dormant and the rain is most plentiful. Though summer isn’t the best time to plant trees, it’s a great time to meet people and share our mission with the community. You can help us with this important summer activity. Be an advocate for a healthier, more livable community by becoming a summer festival volunteer with us!

The summer is our outreach season when we table at street fairs, farmers markets, festivals, and Sunday Parkways to raise awareness of what we do, recruit volunteers, and sign up people to buy street or yard trees for their home. It’s a fun way to be outside, enjoy community events, and talk with a range of interesting people.

We’re hosting a training on Saturday, June 5 designed to familiarize you with Friends of Trees so you feel comfortable speaking on our behalf. We’re an organization that likes to do good work and have fun while doing it!

We ask that you work at least two four-hour shifts between June and September. It’s amazing how quickly these hours can go by when you’re engaged in conversation and enjoying the weather and scene around you.

Summer festival volunteer training will be on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the PCC Cascade Campus – 705 N Killingsworth, Portland 97217 – Terrell Hall, Room 112.

Please contact Andy Meeks at AndyM@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-282-8846, ext. 24 to sign up or for more information.  Please consider joining our amazing volunteer team!

Meeks is the Volunteer & Outreach Specialist with Friends of Trees.