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Apply to be a Neighborhood Tree Steward - 2021 Course Open

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Are you interested in being an advocate for trees in your neighborhood? Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry needs neighbors who care for the trees of our community. The 2021 Neighborhood Tree Steward course will run from May 29 through June 11.


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. Learn more about the NTS program.

The NTS course runs for three weeks with virtual classroom sessions, independent learning tasks, and in-person field training. Each week participants will be introduced to one of three projects they will complete in the year following the course. Working in groups to reach different areas of the City, projects will address key issues of the urban forest and allow practice and application of the skills learned during the course. 

Applications due April 30, 2021.

Apply Here

Week One - Portland’s Urban Forest

Project Overview
Yard Tree Giveaway outreach and fall project

Deodar cedar cone

Virtual Classroom online via Zoom
Tuesday, May 25, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Field Training
Saturday, May 29, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location shared after admittance.

  • Introduction to Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry
  • History of the Neighborhood Tree Stewards program
  • Portland’s Tree Code Title 11
  • Portland’s Heritage Tree Program

Week Two - Growing the Forest of a Growing City

Project Overview
Tree Establishment campaign and spring project

Evergreen oaks along a street in winter provide cover to pedestrians.

Virtual Classroom online via Zoom
Tuesday, June 1, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Field Training
Saturday, June 5, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location shared after admittance

  • Equity in the urban forest
  • Where are Portland’s trees? Who are Portland’s trees?
  • Tree Identification

Week Three - Stewardship in the Urban Forest

Project Overview
Portland Pruners outreach and event and winter project

Pruning trees at Lent Elementary School

Virtual Classroom online via Zoom
Tuesday, June 8, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Field Training
Friday, June 11, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location shared after admittance.

  • Tree Pruning, care, and maintenance for longevity
  • Project planning and organizing as Neighborhood Tree Stewards in your community
  • Next steps - stewardship activation

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, 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 at portland.gov/trees.