Celebrate a new tree planting season!

October is a time of celebration at Friends of Trees: It’s the start of tree planting season!

In celebration of our 33rd season of planting trees together, we are hosting a month-long virtual celebration on our social media channels featuring LIVE tree walks, tree talks, and more!

Plus, you can help us keep planting trees + growing community through donating toward our $10,000 Planting Season Challenge! A generous donor will match all individual donations up to $10,000, 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.

Take a tree walk on your own schedule through our tree walk playlists: Portland-Metro October tree walks  |  Eugene-area October tree walks

We look forward to celebrating with you!


WEEK 5 ~ TREES ARE THE ANSWER

October 26

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene ~ Facebook-Eugene
Join Erik again, this time in the ye olde FOTE office neighborhood!

October 27

9am – Noon ~ LIVE tree paddle on the Willamette River! ~ Instagram
Willamette RiverKeeper takes Tree Teamers Sam & Harrison on a paddle to Ross Island; YES, Sam and Harrison will do a tree talk!

October 28

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in industrial North Portland ~ Facebook
What? A tree walk in an industrial area? Check it out as Whitney tours a recent FOT planting site at Bybee Lakes Hope Center

October 30

11 a.m.~ LIVE tree walk with Rudy in Beaverton! ~ Facebook
Sam hits the road and joins Tree Teamer Rudy at one of our first Neighborhood Trees events of the season


WEEK 5 ~ CELEBRATION SIGN-OFF

October 31

NOON ~ Farewell from Whitney ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
You never know how Whitney will say farewell, tune in to find out


WEEK 1 ~ WELCOME TO PLANTING SEASON!

October 2

10 a.m. ~ WELCOME TO PLANTING SEASON! Live from the first event of the season ~ Facebook
Sam (your favorite virtual Tree Team host!) joins the entire Green Space Tree Team at our first tree planting event of the season, at beautiful Jackson Bottom Wetlands.
We invite you to Celebrate Planting Season with the Tree Team!


WEEK 2 ~ TREES ARE NEEDED EVERYWHERE: Our regional approach

October 5

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene ~ Facebook-Eugene
Join Eugene Tree Teamer Taylor for a downtown Eugene tree walk!

October 7

NOON  ~ LIVE walk + talk in Vancouver ~ Facebook
Jesse Batty, a former Tree Teamer now with Vancouver Urban Forestry, tree walks with FOT’s Whitney Dorer in Marshall Park

October 9

10 a.m. ~ PLANTING DAY LIVE! It’s another natural area restoration event in Washington County ~ Facebook
Tree Teamer and tree walker-talker extraordinaire Harrison takes us on a little walk at our Jurgens Park site in Tualatin.
We’ll also say hello! to our pals from the City of Tualatin (longtime partners!)


 October 12

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene ~ Facebook-Eugene
The Eugene Tree Team takes us on a tree walk in the Bethel neighborhood’s Mangan Park

October 14

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk and talk: trees + equity ~ Facebook
 Dr. Vivek Shandas of PSU walks + talks with Whitney in east Portland’s Bloomington Park. They’re talking about the importance of our Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project that is examining the physical and social dimensions of a tree planting program as a strategy to improve public health and mitigate climate change.


WEEK 4 ~ PLANTING TREES TOGETHER GROWS COMMUNITY

October 19

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in Eugene ~ Facebook-Eugene
Erik Burke of FOT Eugene takes a tree walks with our new partners from Beyond Toxics

October 20

NOON ~ LIVE tree walk in historic Oregon City! ~ Facebook
Sam joins Tree Teamer Ian for a walk among the trees of lovely Oregon City

World Environment Day promotes ecological restoration

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY IS JUNE 5

“World Environment Day 2021 calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems.”

Count us in! For 32 years Friends of Trees has played a critical role in ecological restoration through planting more than than 870,000 trees and native shrubs throughout western Oregon and southwest Washington. And because these trees were planted the Friends of Trees way, with thousands of volunteers, we’ve grown some community, too.

Like Madelyn, our 4th grade artist friend, we think plantings trees is a great idea to keep our world healthy.

In honor of World Environment Day Friends of Trees is hosting virtual events on our social media channels. We’ll take some tree walks, and talk with friends and partners about our work restoring ecosystems through planting trees in neighborhoods and natural areas. We’ll have some live, virtual events leading up to World Environment Day on June 5, when we’ll again share our tree walks from the week.

JOIN US!

Tune in on our social media channels to learn more about how planting trees together helps restore ecosystems.

Donate to help us keep planting trees + growing community.

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

We look forward to celebrating with you!


WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WITH THE TREE TEAM

Saturday, June 5

All events posted to all social media channels

 

10:00 a.m.

 World Environment Day talk, Overlook Oak Tree, North Portland
Executive Director Yashar Vasef explores the global impact of climate change, and the power of taking climate action locally

12:00 p.m.

 Tree walk + talk in NE Portland’s Columbia Slough Natural Area
Green Space Program Manager Anne Marie Santos gives us a tour of one of our restoration sites, and talks about how our work helps connect people of all ages with nature

2:00 p.m.

 Tree walk + talk in NE Portland’s Columbia Children’s Arboretum
Deputy Director Whitney Dorer is again joined by Dr Vivek Shandas; they’ll talk about how including equity, and young people, help connect communities to nature


LIVE EVENTS leading up to WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Wednesday, June 2, 3:00 p.m.

 LIVE tree walk + talk in NE Portland’s Columbia Slough Natural Area ~ Facebook
Green Space Program Manager Anne Marie Santos gives us a tour of one of our restoration sites, and talks about how our work helps connect people of all ages with nature

Thursday, June 3, 3:00 p.m.

 LIVE World Environment Day talk, Overlook Oak Tree, North Portland ~ Facebook
Executive Director Yashar Vasef explores the global impact of climate change, and the power of taking climate action locally

Friday, June 4, 3:00 p.m.

 LIVE tree walk + talk in NE Portland’s Columbia Children’s Arboretum ~ Facebook
Deputy Director Whitney Dorer is again joined by Dr Vivek Shandas and they’ll talk about how including equity, and young people, help connect communities to nature

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 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


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!

Tree walks & tree talks for you

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year. Friends of Trees was planning to celebrate in our usual fashion: Planting trees. Together. But, like everyone, our plans changed.

We would, of course, prefer to be outside with you. But since we can’t we have some really special virtual tree treats for you.

Since trees and nature can be so comforting, the Friends of Trees staff contributed to Earth Day with some homemade tree talk videos; we’re hoping these will tide you over until we can plant trees with you again. Below is a selection of our work, you can find the entire playlist here (we’ll be adding more, so check back!).

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!

Time Topic Where To Join
10:00 Tree Talk: Friends of Trees Neighborhood Trees Specialist Andrew Lands talks about the European beech
Sponsored by J Frank Schmidt & Son
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10:30 Tree 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
11:30 Tree 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
Noon Lunchtime 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
1:30 Tree Walk LIVE Sam Erman visits some trees & talks about some of the many benefits of trees
Sponsored by the Port of Portland
2:30 Tree Talk Friends of Trees Green Space Specialist Hanna Dornhofer talks about the native Red flowering currant
Sponsored by Oregon Soap Company and Cafe Yumm
3:00 Tree 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
4:30 Tree Talk Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer visits some Giant sequoias
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
5:00 LIVE chat with Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer. Whitney shares what she loves about trees + community.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
5:30 We’ll recap Whitney’s chat  in case you missed it
Sponsored by Rigert Shade Trees

 

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