Friends of Trees and PP&R plant care event at Wilkes Creek Headwaters

Volunteer Event
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and Friends of Trees to mulch recently planted shrubs, wildflowers, and trees in this beautiful natural area!
9:45 am 1:00 pm

Project details: Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Trees, and POIC Rosemary Anderson High School crew leaders to enhance this natural area, the site of the headwaters of Wilkes Creek. Everyone welcome, and no experience necessary! Volunteers will be mulching recently planted wildflowers, shrubs, and trees; mulching helps plant survive the hot and dry summer months. Work will involve lifting and carrying heavy buckets and wheelbarrows of mulch across un-even ground. Children welcome and must be accompanied by an attentive adult. See below for important information about what to expect, and what to wear and bring to the event.

A reminder email will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before the event from Friends of Trees; please read the reminder email for updated and detailed instructions. 

Lunch is provided after the event at Wilkes City Park (1 block from the planting site) followed by a nature walk through the neighborhood, led by Portland Audubon - we hope you can stay for either or both! 

Exact meeting location will be included in the Reminder email. 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED THROUGH Friends of Trees. Click here to register. 

Questions: For more information contact Yoko Silk at; 503-278-1341.

Note This event is part of a day-long celebration organized by Greening Wilkes. Greening Wilkes is a collaborative project to engage the community surrounding Wilkes Park and Wilkes Natural Area to enhance and diversify green spaces throughout the neighborhood. Friends of Trees, Verde, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Portland Audubon have teamed up together to lead complementary events and outings for the local community to help in this habitat enhancement effort, learn about the amazing natural resources that are present, and help envision how the open spaces may add resilience and health to the community in the future.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to keep Portland's natural area parks healthy, beautiful, and safe for people and wildlife! 

Here are a few tips to get you ready for your stewardship event.

  • Registration is requested for all stewardship events.  
  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of any contagious illness or have had recent contact with someone exhibiting symptoms of any illness, or have tested positive for Covid-19.  There will be other opportunities to volunteer!
  • Face coverings are welcomed, but not required. We do encourage volunteers to wear them inside shared spaces (such as the portable toilet/bathroom). Bring your own face covering, or PP&R will provide face coverings for anyone who doesn’t have their own and wants one.    
  • Bring a water bottle! Coffee/tea, snacks and water will be provided.
  • Instruction, tools and gloves will be provided for anyone who does not have their own.
  • In order to ensure your comfort and safety, please remember to dress for the weather, wear closed-toe, sturdy shoes; long pants and long-sleeved shirts; and be ready to get dirty! 
  • Unless otherwise noted, all events are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate. However, children under 14 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult for the duration of the event. We encourage you to attend events with members of your household/family!  
  • While groups are welcome to join many of our regularly scheduled stewardship events, please contact the event coordinator listed in the description before arriving with a group. This will ensure that there are enough gloves and tools and project tasks for everyone. We are also available to schedule special service events at your group's convenience during the week or on weekends. Learn more about programs for groups


Yoko Silk (she/her/hers)

Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator and Interim YCC Sponsor