Planting season is in full swing and YOU can be a part of it!
Volunteer to plant trees or to help us in other ways in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area. Take a look at the list below to see which role looks like a good fit for your interests. If you want to volunteer as a Saturday tree-planter and you’re not with a large group, visit our planting event calendar, find the location that works for you, and just show up, no registration necessary!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org • 503-595-0213
Friends of Trees volunteer roles
Saturday Tree Planters
Tree planters are our flagship volunteer role and help plant trees at weekend events October through April! We welcome people of all ages and abilities. No previous experience necessary. We provide gloves, tools and guidance … just dress appropriately for the weather, prepare to get a little dirty, and wear sturdy shoes or boots (knee-high rubber boots are ideal if you have them). We have multiple planting events almost every Saturday morning, usually 9:00am-1:00pm. Please check our Online Planting Calendar for all the details.
RSVPs kindly requested for groups of 5 people or more via our Group Registration Form. RSVPs are not required for individuals or groups of 4 or fewer—you may simply show up!
Bike Planters and Truck Drivers
Plant trees by bike! If you have a bike and/or a bike trailer, and are interested in planting neighborhood trees in this uniquely Northwest style, this role may be for you! Please click on our Plant by Bike Form for more details on these Saturday morning events, and sign-up for any that look like a good fit for you!
Calling all trucks! Trees in our Neighborhood Trees Program need help to get to their new homes. Volunteers with pick-up trucks make this possible! Open-beds (no canopy) and trailers are preferred (our trees can be tall!). Volunteer truck drivers carry trees, tools and supplies on planting day to support a crew of planters at our Saturday morning events. Sign-up for a shift on our Truck Driver Sign-up Form.
Fall Crew Leader Training
Do you want to teach others how to plant trees? Friends of Trees Crew Leaders are some of our most important volunteers because they teach volunteers from the public how to plant trees and work together as a team. No experience planting trees? No worries! Crew Leaders attend either a Fall or Winter training to learn proper planting technique and hone their leadership skills working with the public at our planting events.
During planting season, each Crew Leader commits to guiding small groups of planters at 3-4 or more Saturday morning plantings. Each Crew Leader receives our popular “Tree Team” t-shirt and is invited to attend Friends of Trees leadership celebrations (with fun raffle prizes and giveaways).
Registration for our Fall trainings is now open! REGISTER HERE for a training on either Saturday, October 27th, November 3rd, or November 10th from 9am-4pm.
Questions? Get in touch with our team at volunteeer@friendsoftreesorg // 503-595-0213
- Portland Pride Parade (Downtown Portland)North Park Blocks, 235 NW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA, Outreach EventsJune 16, 2019
The Portland Pride Parade will be held June 16, 2019, and steps off at 11am. The parade forms in the North Park Blocks. The parade route travels through Northwest Portland and along SW Naito Parkway to end at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon. Approximately 8,000 LGBTQ+ and allies walk in the parade, and as many as 45,000 spectators line the 1.1 mile route. The parade is limited to about 150 entries with groups as large as 150-200—though most groups are much smaller. In past years, the parade has sold out quickly. We encourage you to register early if you want to be in the parade as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check out Garry the Oak as our mascot rides throughout the parade in style!
- Public Works Day (Downtown Salem)Riverfront City Park, 200 Water St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA, Outreach EventsJune 20, 2019
Come join Friends of Trees at Public Works Day in Salem!
This is a chance for the community to learn more about what Public Works employees do
every day. Public Works’ “big toys,” like backhoes, plows, and dump trucks, will be on display. There will also be exhibits from all Public Works divisions, plus children’s activities, Claudia the 29' foot Chinook Salmon, backhoe bowling, and pipe repair demonstrations.
There is no charge for attending, but canned food or cash donations to Marion-Polk Food Share are encouraged.
Remember to take a quick break and stop by our Friends of Trees table to say hello and learn more about how you can get involved!
- ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough! (NE Portland)Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland, OR 97218, USA, Outreach EventsJune 22, 2019
¡Ven a celebrar la naturaleza! Nuestra tema este año es “¡Sin Plastico!”. Ofrecemos actividades en español e inglés para todas las edades incluyendo:
-Bailes folclóricos y música
-Plantas gratuitas y consejos para la jardinería
-20+ grupos comunitarios
-Carritos de comida
-Una búsqueda del tosoro
-Viajes guiados gratuitos en canoas
-Bolsas reutilizables gratuitas para las primeras 400 personas
¡Y no se olvide de pasar por nuestra mesa de Amigos de los árboles para saludar y aprender más sobre cómo puede participar comprando árboles y / o participando como voluntario con nosotros!
Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough at the 17th annual ¡Explorando Festival! This bilingual family festival offers nature-based activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Our theme this year is “¡Sin Plastico!” meaning “No Plastic”. ¡Explorando! is free, and includes:
-Free guided canoe trips
-Folk dancing & storytelling
-A scavenger hunt
-Arts and crafts
-Free reusable bags for the first 400 people
-20+ community organizations
And don't forget to stop by our Friends of Trees table to say hello and learn more about how you can get involved by purchasing trees and/or volunteering with us!
- Recycled Arts Festival (Vancouver, WA)Esther Short Park, 301 W 8th Street Vancouver, Washington 98660 , Outreach EventsJune 29, 2019
The Recycled Arts Festival (RAF) started in 2005 as a way to educate and get the community excited about waste reduction, reuse and recycling in Clark County. It has grown into a huge family event, with more and more artists participating every year.
Come on out and peruse the artists’ wares, help your kids make their own handiwork, relax and listen to music, and get all sorts of info on what you can do to improve the environment!
We have an amazing lineup of local bands on the Main Stage this year. The fun starts at 9:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday so bring your dancing shoes! Make recycled instruments and arts & crafts! Be amazed and entertained by our juggler, stiltwalker and clown! Make sure to check out all our Family Fun activities.
Come say Hi to Friends of Trees and learn more about how you can get involved with our efforts in the Vancouver area. Free buttons and stickers while supplies last!
- Portland Craft Beer Festival (NW Portland)The Fields Park, 1099 NW Overton St, Portland, OR 97209, USA, Outreach EventsJuly 6, 2019
Portland, Oregon continues to hold the title of The Best Beer City in the World (Travel and Leisure, Matador, and Beer Connoisseur). Portland now boasts over 70 craft breweries!
Plan to attend our big outdoor party at the Fields Neighborhood Park to find the broadest selection of local beers, ciders and wine, originating from Portland, Oregon breweries. Only beers, plus ciders and wine, crafted within the city limits of Portland are featured at the PCBF which makes it unique and different from other beer festivals. PCBF is held annually the first full weekend in July, helping to kick off Oregon Craft Beer Month. We look forward to our next celebration of Portland craft beer Thursday July 4th, Friday July 5th, Saturday July 6th, & Sunday July 7th, 2018.
Come out and volunteer with our Friends of Trees team (21 and up) during the 6:30pm-10:00pm shift and help pour some beers for folks. Click here to register (Free shirt and beer tokens for those who finish their shifts)
- Mississippi Street fair (North Portland)N Mississippi & Failing, Portland, OR 97227, USA, Outreach EventsJuly 13, 2019
Free Admission, Family Friendly
Check out their website for more details on where to park and other FAQ that you might have prior to attending the fair.
Come say hi to our Friends of Trees booth as we hang out and talk trees with other folks. We will have buttons and stickers too!
- Montavilla Street Fair (SE Portland)SE Stark St. from 82nd to 79th , Outreach EventsJuly 28, 2019
Whether it's your first time, or your 20th, the Montavilla Street Fair always has something new and interesting to see. The fair boasts a number of popular and up-and-coming local artists, food vendors, and organizations and is becoming a popular event for folks outside of the neighborhood!
Friends of Trees, along with Garry Oak, will be at the fair sharing information on our programs and answering tree questions. We hope you can stop by to say hi!
- Pruning Leader TrainingFriends of Trees Eugene Metro, 338 W 11th Ave #103, Eugene, OR 97401, USAAugust 1, 2019
We are looking for volunteers who are interested in learning how to prune young trees as Pruning Leaders. 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. RSVP is required~
When: Thursday, August 1st
Time: We will open the doors at 5:30 for food, drink, and mingling fun. Training starts promptly at 6:00.
Where: FOTE Office
Did I mention food and beverages will be provided??
Feel free to call Taylor at 541-632-3683 or email Taylorg@friendsoftrees.org with any questions or concerns.
- Community Pruning Event IFriends of Trees Eugene Metro, 338 W 11th Ave #103, Eugene, OR 97401, USAAugust 3, 2019
Friends of Trees is looking for some helping hands to prune young street trees. All of our pruning events are public, no specific training needed. Volunteers will learn pruning skills, get outside, and meet new people. All tools are provided.
At each event, we'll have a brief demonstration of proper pruning technique, then break into small teams and pair new volunteers with experienced pruners to prune street trees for structure, clearance, and health.
We can't wait to see you out there!
- Engelwood Forest Festival (NE Salem)1260 19th St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA, Outreach EventsAugust 10, 2019
Come and enjoy food, live performances, local art, and trees at Salem's first park, Englewood Park! A few featured exhibits and services of this festival include:
Artists and cottages industries
Pollinator Display & Gardening Clinic
Free Art Activities
Free Bicycle Repair
Native and Invasive Plant Information
For more information, check out the website! Friends of Trees will be there and we hope you will stop by to say hi!
Parking is available on streets surrounding the park and at the Englewood United Methodist Church on 17th St NE and Nebraska St NE, two blocks from the park. Parking is also available at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene, in the lot east of 16th St NE.
*ADA parking is available at 20th St NE and Nebraska St NE, behind Englewood Elementary School.
- Alberta Street Fair (Inner NE Portland)NE Alberta Street between NE 10th – 30th Avenues.August 10, 2019
The annual Alberta Street Fair is Saturday, August 10th, 2019. The Fair offers an eclectic mix of activities and events showcasing the best of the Alberta Street community including entertainment, music, vendors, food, and drink for people of all ages.
Come say Hi to our team as we tackle folks' questions about how to get involved with Friends of Trees in the Vancouver area. We will also have great buttons and stickers to spruce up a water bottler or backpack. See you there!
- Community Pruning Event IIFriends of Trees Eugene Metro, 338 W 11th Ave #103, Eugene, OR 97401, USAAugust 17, 2019
We can't wait to see you out there!
- Community Pruning Event IIIFriends of Trees Eugene Metro, 338 W 11th Ave #103, Eugene, OR 97401, USAAugust 24, 2019
We can't wait to see you out there!
- The Standard Volunteer Expo (Downtown Portland)US Bancorp 111 SW 5th Ave #1250, Portland, OR 97204 United States, Outreach EventsSeptember 5, 2019
Stop by our Friends of Trees table during your busy day and chat with us about TREES or TREE related topics. Better yet, ask for those FREE trendy buttons/stickers as well.
The Standard Volunteer Expo is a free event that brings nonprofits together in one place, helping Oregonians discover service and donation opportunities that fit their skills and interests.
Participating organizations represent a wide variety of focus areas including arts, culture, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, human services and more. Whether you’re looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or a longer-term commitment, the Volunteer Expo is a great way to connect with nonprofits and start making a difference.
- Community Pruning Event IVFriends of Trees Eugene Metro, 338 W 11th Ave #103, Eugene, OR 97401, USASeptember 7, 2019
We can't wait to see you out there!
- Community Pruning Event VFriends of Trees Eugene Metro, 338 W 11th Ave #103, Eugene, OR 97401, USASeptember 21, 2019
We can't wait to see you out there!
- Sturgeon Festival (Vancouver WA)Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA, Outreach EventsSeptember 21, 2019
The Water Resources Education Center’s annual Sturgeon Festival will bring a splash of excitement to kids of all ages with hands-on activities, fish dissections and live bird and reptile shows. This free, fun event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other plants and animals in and around the Columbia River. More information on their website.
Friends of Trees will have our colorful tent set up right in the front of the building, you can't miss us. Come stop by and pick-up a button, sticker, and check out our giant pine cone. We'll also have information on how to get a tree at your home or volunteer at our Saturday morning tree-planting events.
- Old Apple Tree Festival (Vancouver WA)Old Apple Tree Park, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA, Outreach EventsOctober 5, 2019
Come say Hi as we celebrate Vancouver's oldest apple tree! Friends of Trees staff will be tabling at this event and will have information on how to get involved with our organizations tree planting efforts. We will also have those awesome button and stickers to add to your collection.
Trees, apples and cider! Vancouver celebrates the Old Apple Tree on Saturday, Oct. 5
The family-friendly, free event offers live music, tree care workshops, Vancouver Land Bridge tours, kids’ hands-on arts and crafts, and food for purchase. The popular free apple pressing also returns to the event, and the public is encouraged to bring clean apples and containers to participate.
During the festival, the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission will be giving away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree.
Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit.