Urban Forestry Youth Conservation Crew Welcomes Director Long

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Director Long with youth at stewardship activity

Tree Stewardship with Director Long and Youth Conservation Crew

On a hot Friday in July, the Urban Forestry Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) Tree Crew hosted Portland Bureau of Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long and Director’s Assistant Joey Furuto at Lent School in SE Portland for a morning of tree stewardship.

The Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) provides employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing job skills and exploring environmental career paths.

Tree Stewardship at Lent School

The crew weeded the bases of trees and applied mulch in a ring around the tree trunks. Everyone worked hard weeding and mulching in the heat.

The day's tree stewardship activities were a part of Urban Forestry’s Learning Landscapes program. Learning Landscapes empowers students to plant and care for trees at schools. Throughout the year, Urban Forestry staff supports schools' tree-focused activities.

Through Learning Landscapes, students have the opportunity to connect to their schools and communities. They work together to improve and green their school grounds. As trees grow, they provide environmental and aesthetic benefits to the schools for decades to come. Trees serve as living, learning landscapes for educators to teach science, math, art, and more.

Youth Conservation Crew 2024

For summer of 2024, YCC will be recruiting Adult Crew Leader and Youth Conservation Crew members starting in January 2024.

Get Involved with Learning Landscapes

If you are interested in volunteering with the Learning Landscapes program, visit the link above for contact information.