Tree Thursday Volunteer at Free Lunch + Play

Volunteer Event
PP&R Urban Forestry will be sharing tree activities during Free Lunch + Play events this summer. Volunteer for one of three roles to provide tree education and activities to your community.
Arbor Lodge Tree Team
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Did you know Portland Parks & Recreation will serve over 100,000 meals in Parks this summer through Free Lunch + Play? This Summer Free for All program supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess.

Learn more about Free Lunch + Play

Thursdays are for Trees

Urban Forestry will be sharing tree activities at rotating park locations. Scroll down to learn about each of the volunteer roles.

Check out the schedule to see when we will be in a park near you:

Mt. Scott ParkJuly 811:30 am – 1:30 pmVolunteer
St. Johns ParkJuly 1512:00 pm – 2:00 pmVolunteer
Holly Farm ParkJuly 2211:30 am – 1:30 pmVolunteer
Cully ParkJuly 2911:30 am – 1:30 pmVolunteer
Montavilla ParkAugust 511:30 am – 1:30 pmVolunteer
Lents ParkAugust 1211:30 am – 1:30 pmVolunteer
Kʰunamokwst ParkAugust 1912:00 pm – 2:00 pmVolunteer
Gateway Discovery ParkAugust 2610:30 pm – 12:30 pmVolunteer

Volunteer Roles

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Activity Assistant - distribute tree scavenger hunts, My Tree Journals, and other tree resources. All materials and resources will be provided. 

Engagement Lead - offer interactive demonstrations of the cooling effect of trees using temperature readers, natural surfaces, and man-made surfaces. All materials will be provided.

Tree Walk Guide - lead families and park-goers on a stroll through the park, interacting with the trees along the way. Park tree walk and tree information will be provided; volunteers are welcome to create their own walk.

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, visit