Community Workshops and Classes
In-person events with Urban Forestry have been postponed since mid-March following local safety guidelines on physical distancing and limiting public gatherings. As we learn more about the virus, we are beginning to bring back ways for you to get involved. Read our Safe Stewardship Protocols before registering for and attending any event.
At all public stewardship events, Urban Forestry staff will be following guidelines to maintain physical distancing and sanitation efforts to minimize the risk to volunteers. Events may have multiple registration times and reduced availability to limit large gatherings. Event descriptions will have specific information on what tools will be used and if you are welcome to bring your own.
Register for an Urban Forestry Workshop
Our urban trees continue to need care, and we are all eager to get our hands on a pair of pruners! Read our Safe Stewardship Protocols before registering for and attending any event.
Stewardship in COVID
Find currently available event registrations online.
Take a read through of our Safe Stewardship Protocols before attending one of our physically-distant events. If you have any questions, please let the coordinator of the event you are interested in know.
Are you looking to freshen up on skills? Did you miss a recent workshop but still want to learn about trees in Portland? Urban Forestry has recorded and collected our presentations to share with you!
Learn about the goals of young tree pruning, how to get a permit if required, what tools and safety materials are needed and how and where to make proper pruning cuts. This course will introduce you to new language and words used by arborists. Be sure to download the Presentation Worksheet before watching!
Many arborists will tell you that pruning is both a science and an art; the art of making a proper cut matched with an understanding of the tree’s biology and mechanics. Learning how trees grow and how they respond to various pruning cuts will help you master common pruning techniques. This course will introduce you to new language and words used by arborists. Be sure to download the Presentation Worksheet before watching!
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.
Read the full Tree Walk Planning Guide to get started.
Use this guideto plan out and share your tree walk.
Themed Tree Walk Guides
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.
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About Portland Parks & Recreation UrbanForestry
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.
For more information on Urban Forestry at portland.gov/trees.