Meet at the northeast entrance of the park.
This park is home to more than just cottonwoods - a step beyond the parking lot will take you to a habitat rich in many species native to the Pacific Northwest - including the majestic Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii).
Other native trees we will see are:
- Oregon white oak
- Oregon ash
- Pacific dogwood
- and more!
More About Madrones
The Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is native to the west coast from British Columbia to California. An elusive find in urban environments like Portland, this tree is notoriously difficult to transplant and typically found in natural areas.
Check out these two resources from Oregon State University:
Practice Your Tree Identification
No prior experience required!
Although books and online resources are useful tools for identifying trees, the best and most memorable way to learn about trees is by seeing them up close and in person.
A tree walk lets you not only see trees but also learn about them through touch and smell.
Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry's mission is to manage and ensure Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Portland’s urban forest consists of 236,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees.
Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating all of these trees to differing degrees. Urban Forestry staff issue permits for planting, pruning, and removal of all public and some private trees and are on call 24/7 to respond to tree emergencies.
For more information on Urban Forestry - www.portland.gov/trees