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Pop-up Arboreta

An arboretum (plural arboreta) is a collection of trees, often with a theme or pattern. Every one of Portland’s parks has its own unique assortment of trees, each with a story to tell. With more than 300 different kinds of trees in Parks, no two Pop-Ups are the same!
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Pop-up Arboreta showcases the treasured trees of neighborhood parks through a month-long installation of interactive and informative signs. Each month, from May through September, four parks will be transformed into an arboretum full of educational, enjoyable, immersive experiences.

Pop-up Arboreta Maps for September 2021

  • Ed Benedict Park
  • Powell Park
  • Lillis Albina Park
  • Hillside Park
September 2021 Pop-up Arboreta (This map works with Google Maps)

Pop-up Arboreta Schedule for 2021

April Hill ParkBuckman FieldColonel Summers ParkAlbert Kelly ParkLillis Albina Park
Chimney ParkElizabeth Carathurs ParkGateway Discovery ParkBrentwood City ParkEd Benedict Park
Kenilworth ParkGlenhaven ParkJohnson Creek ParkKnott City ParkHillside Park
Lincoln City ParkPeninsula ParkAlberta ParkWoodlawn ParkPowell Park

Arboretum Activities

Activities for all ages added some extra fun for park visitors.
Activities for all ages added some extra fun for park visitors.

Download a tree journal and scavenger hunts for a variety of ages and audiences. Check out some of the 2020 arboreta visitors!

Tree Journal
Seek out six common trees in Portland to learn about. Great for students in pre-school through elementary.

Tree Scavenger Hunt
Complete short challenges, activities, and trivia to get you interacting with our urban trees. Three levels are available:

Early Leafers

Apprentice Arborists 

Dedicated Dendrologists 

Submit a photo of your activity by September 30, 2021, and we’ll mail you your prize!

Enter Your Submission Online Here 

Volunteer Opportunities

A member of the Laurelhurst Tree Team showing off a Katsura tree.
A member of the Laurelhurst Tree Team showing off a Katsura tree.

Do you love visiting your local park? Our arboreta installations need a neighbor nearby to keep an eye on them. Volunteers would visit the park weekly, check installed signs and report to program manager any maintenance needs, as well as provide community outreach assistance for their adopted arboretum.

Interested volunteers will work with the program coordinator to match them with a park.

Time commitment: 4-8 weeks, up to 2-4 hours weekly

Design a Pop-up Arboretum
Share your favorite tree finds with neighbors and friends this summer by getting a Pop-up Arboretum installed! If your Tree Team is interested in having a Pop-up Arboretum in your local park, please complete an application. For graduates of the Neighborhood Tree Stewards program.

Time commitment: Flexible, 5-10 hours

Arboreta Activity Creator
Are you a creative thinker who has been looking for a way to stay engaged with your tree community? Writing a story narrative as you visit a park could be more your style, or designing a coloring book of the trees you see - however you engage with your urban forest, share it with your neighbors!

Time commitment: Flexible, dependent on project.

Park Tree Map

Identify and learn about 25,000 mapped park trees! Take a self-guided tour using your phone, or sort and filter the data to find the biggest and best trees in Portland's parks.

Roseway Parkway Maps