Volunteer with Urban Forestry

Volunteers preparing a tree to plant it
Talk trees at cultural events and festivals, help with Yard Tree Giveaway events or put on some work gloves and plant trees in parks. There are so many opportunities to get involved.

Upcoming Volunteer Events 

To see a current calendar of upcoming events please visit our Events page.

Yard Tree Giveaway Canvassing with Green LentsGreen Lents Community Tool Library: 9215 SE Ramona St, Portland, OR 972667/27/24Register Here
Tabling at
Montavilla Street Fair 
Montavilla/East Tabor Business District
Southeast 76th Avenue & Southeast Stark Street
7/28/24Register Here

Why volunteer with Urban Forestry? 

Volunteers are critical to our mission of growing our tree canopy and keeping all trees healthy and happy. There are a variety of ways to get involved ranging from tabling at summer festivals to prepping young trees before giveaway events in the fall. There are ways to get involved during almost any season. We look forward to having you join us.  

Do I need experience to volunteer?  

NO! Prior experience is not needed to volunteer at any Urban Forestry events. Our staff will always provide the tools, tips, and training you need to make your volunteer experience fun, exciting, and impactful. Visit our site often to see which opportunities are right for you. 

Yard Tree Giveaway Tabling (Summer) 

volunteer holding a tree
People standing next to Parks and Recreation table

Enjoy summer festivities while promoting the benefits of trees. Sign folks up for the free tree interest form, and help Urban Forestry connect with communities across Portland! 

Tabling at summer events is the perfect opportunity for volunteers who are fun, energetic, and outgoing. Language skills other than English are valued highly! 

  Past events attended include:

  • Latino Home Fair 
  • Juneteenth Oregon
  • Jade Night Market

Yard Tree Giveaway Outreach (Summer) 

Volunteer speaking to a resident about trees
Canvassing for the Yard Tree Giveaway program

Volunteer for tree related outreach and make an impact in your community. Whether it is helping us run registration events, spreading awareness about our programs, or advocating for trees in your city there is a need for every day folks to share information with neighbors, friends, family, or anyone who will listen! 

Yard Tree Giveaway outreach is a great way to learn more about Portland, make new connections, and spend some time outdoors while doing your part to cultivate a healthier, greener, urban forest. 

To learn more about the Yard Tree Giveaway visit: portland.gov/freeyardtrees

Find Your Flare Events (Fall) 

People finding the root flare of a tree
Preparing trees for the Yard Tree Giveaway

Those trees don't prep themselves! Before we give away thousands of trees in the fall, we need lots of help to prepare them. This process entails finding their root flare, i.e., the spot where the tree trunk meets the roots and "flares out."

Help find and mark the flare before trees are pick up at giveaway events. By marking the root flare, we increase the survivability of all the trees we give away!

Yard Tree Giveaway (Fall)

Volunteers working in a mulch pile
Volunteer working in a mulch pile

Do you enjoy getting dirty? Roll up your sleeves and enhance our urban canopy. Every fall, Urban Forestry gives away thousands of trees to folks that live in Portland. Each tree comes with a free bucket of mulch. Dig in and make a difference simply by filling up buckets with mulch. Each scoop helps to foster a greener, healthier environment.

Tree Planting Events (Winter)

Volunteer planting a tree
Volunteer watering a tree they planted

Growing community one tree at a time. Plant a tree at your local park or public space. Community tree planting events are family friendly and are a great opportunity to play in the dirt!

Lead a group of volunteers or choose to be a participant. Tree planting events are the best and easiest way to connect with trees.  

If you or your community group is interested in cohosting a planting event with Urban Forestry visit: portland.gov/trees/tree-planting/tree-planting-interest-form