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Tree Walks

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Tree Walks connect community members to the trees of our City. Join a scheduled event, create your own, or sign up to host a tree walk in your neighborhood.
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Practice Your Tree Identification

A dogwood tree flower blooming.
Flowering dogwood, photo by UF Tree Inspector Dan Gleason.

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.

Learn more about Tree Identification for Portlanders. 


Create a Tree Walk

How to Build a Tree Walk

You can make your own tree walk anywhere in Portland using the Tree Inventory Project webmap.

Explore your parks and neighborhood streets visiting trees with tantalizing traits, curious characteristics and bewildering bark.

Watch the video to learn how to use this online tool to create a tree walk.

Use this guide to plan out your tree walk.


Host a Tree Walk

Community members learning about a street tree during a tree walk.

Are you or your Tree Team interested in hosting a Tree Walk? Sharing information and appreciation for the trees of your neighborhood grows community support for a healthy urban forest.  

Popular themes for tree walks includes:

  • Large-form evergreens
  • Climate forward species
  • Trees of a particular park
  • Street trees from a global region
  • Flowering trees
  • Fall color 
  • Tree identification
  • The many, many maples of Portland.

Sign Up to Host a Tree Walk


Themed Tree Walks

Winter Wonders Tree Walk

Buds on a twig.

Visit the Winter Wonders Tree Walk page to create a winter wonder tree walk of your own. Learn to identify trees using features beyond the leaves such as buds, bark, branching, and more! 

Trick-or-Tree Walk

Throw on your costumes for a Trick or Tree Walk! Create a hair-raising route to share with friends and neighbors!

Who will you see on your Trick or Tree Walk?

Throw on your costumes for a Trick-or-Tree Walk! Create a hair-raising route to share with friends and neighbors!

This do-it-yourself tree walk will take you to see all of the trick-or-trees in your neighborhood – gnarled branches, whispering willows, and haunting hawthorns are just a few you might find along the way. 

Flowering Tree Walk

A white flower with a yellow center in front of an out of focus background of branches holding additional white flowers.

Spring has sprung, buds are bursting, and trees throughout Portland are coating the City in fragrant flowers! 

Learn what flowering trees to look for and access the Flowering Tree Webmapto explore the blooms on your block.


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

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 

Upcoming Events

Keeping Cool Under the Canopy

Classes and Activities
Take a walk beneath the rich canopy of Columbia Park during the heat of summer and learn how these great green giants are working hard to keep you cool.

Past Events

Join PP&R Urban Forestry for a Madrones on a Monday Morning, a tree walk at Kelley Point Park. June 14, 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

Kenilworth Park Tree Walk

Classes and Activities
All day
Join Neighborhood Tree Steward Graduate and local tree-enthusiast Lisa Wilcke to learn about the trees of Kenilworth Park - two dates available!

Flowering Tree Walk

Classes and Activities
Spring has sprung, buds are bursting, and trees throughout Portland are coating the City in fragrant flowers! Register to join us on a Flowering Tree Walk this April.