Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS)

NTS Tree Planting at Ventura Park
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Become a Neighborhood Tree Steward

Are you interested in being an advocate for trees in your neighborhood? Portland's Urban Forest needs neighbors who care for the trees of our community. Complete the interest form to be notified when the 2023 application becomes available.

Interest Form

What is a Neighborhood Tree Steward?

Neighborhood Tree Stewards (NTS) gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be stewards of Portland’s urban forest. Stewards put their new skills to use by planting trees, organizing, advocating, and greening their neighborhoods. Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours after graduation through stewardship in their community.

No previous experience is needed to become a Neighborhood Tree Steward, but you do need a passion for trees, a desire to learn, and the commitment to help. If you do have some experience with trees, this course will deepen your base of knowledge and provide opportunities for leadership in your community.

Why Care for Our Community’s Trees?

Portland neighborhood tree density map.
Portland neighborhood tree density map; darker areas have more trees than lighter areas.

Portland is home to diverse communities of trees and people alike. Both types of communities change as you travel across the city and require different care to support and thrive.

There is an observable difference in the distribution of tree canopy coverage, and Neighborhood Tree Stewards are working to change that. The services that healthy trees provide to our city are integral to the health of the people in our city, and Portland is working with the community to bring these services to all residents.

Learning to listen to trees and listen to neighbors are equally important in this effort, and the NTS course is designed to provide the tools to accomplish this. 

What do Neighborhood Tree Stewards do?

Neighborhood Tree Stewards are great resources for their communities.
Neighborhood Tree Stewards are great resources for their communities.

Tree Stewards become amazing resources for their communities - they organize, advocate, and link their communities with city resources. 

Graduates of the program are asked to contribute to their community through tree-related volunteer service. Volunteer efforts focus on community tree needs and support the skills and interest of our stewards.

NTS Hour Submission

This form is for Neighborhood Tree Stewards to log their volunteer hours. NTS graduates are asked to complete volunteer service hours for trees. Please fill out one form per volunteer activity and send to Urban Forestry Program Coordinator. 

Online Form

Printable Form

The Grove

A group of community members listen to a projects presentation from two Neighborhood Tree Stewards.

As a city with more than 650,000 people and a few million trees, there are a lot of people who care for a lot of trees!

Portland has an incredible number of community members who not only love trees, but passionately care about our urban forest and dedicate their time to its continued health and growth. At these meetings, we hold space for conversation and creativity, as well as project planning support for seasonal projects, workshops, and events. 

Quarterly meetings are held in February, June, August, and November at rotating locations. Follow our Tree Bark newsletter for updates on meeting dates and details. 

Fall 2022 Meeting - Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. North Portland Library. 

About Portland Parks & Recreation UrbanForestry

Close-up image of the cone of a Douglas-fir tree.

The mission of PP&R’s Urban Forestry (UF) division is to manage and care for Portland's tree infrastructure in the City for current and future generations. Portland’s urban forest consists of 220,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees. The Urban Forestry division is involved in managing or regulating these trees. UF created and implements the City of Portland's Urban Forest Management Plan, fosters community tree awareness and stewardship, develops tree policies and programs, monitors and assesses Portland’s urban forest, and issues permits for planting, pruning, and removal of public and some private trees. During extreme weather at all times of the year, UF crews respond to tree emergencies to keep you safe and the City moving.

Find more information on Urban Forestry pages.


Past Events

Berrydale Park Tree Walk

Classes and Activities

Kenilworth Park Tree Walk

Classes and Activities
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