Friends of Trees welcomes volunteers all year, in all parts of our work, from planning to planting. Find a role that suits you best. We look forward to working with you!
Help us grow in Salem in March
In this second season of tree planting in Salem, Friends of Trees is working with the City of Salem to restore the riparian corridors within Clark Creek Park and adjacent residential properties in South Salem as well as plant in NE and SE Salem neighborhoods. We'd love to have your help at either or both of our March events!
- On Saturday, March 8th we'll be planting approximately 30 large street and yard trees in the NESCA and Lansing neighborhoods of northeast Salem.
- On Saturday, March 22nd, we will be planting both large and small stock native trees and shrubs at Clark Creek Park along the banks of the stream, as well as adding new trees to upland areas within the park.
All you need to do is simply come dressed appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes...we'll take care of the rest.
**Please invite your friends and family members to join you - and let others know, too! We're still fairly new to Salem and we'd love to have as many people as possible join us for these events!**
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact Jenny or Ian in the Volunteer & Outreach Program at Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-595-0213. We hope to plant with you soon!
Dreaming of summer - summer inspecting!
After a long, cold winter, and with the onset of these longer days, we're really looking forward to spring and summer. In fact, we've started recruitment for our most popular volunteer role - the Summer Inspector. Trainings will be held earlier this year - on Saturday, May 10 (North Portland) and May 17 (SE Portland) - so we've opened our registration forms early. Spaces at these trainings fill up quickly, so be sure to save your spot.
Summer Inspectors are always one of our most popular volunteers roles. Why? These trained volunteers learn how to assess the health of newly-planted street and yard trees and give homeowners watering and mulching tips. Summer Inspectors meet their neighbors and help teach them how to best care for their trees during the critical first summer after planting.
Attendance at one of these trainings is required and they both run from 9:00am - 1:00pm. You'll receive expert instruction regarding tree care techniques, as well as coffee, food and a sweet Tree Team t-shirt.
Each inspector checks on his or her assigned trees twice during the summer (once by the end of June and once by the end of August). We estimate that the overall time commitment after the training is approximately 6-8 hours.
And all of this can be done on your own schedule in the sunshine. Not a bad way to do good work!
There are dozens of ways to volunteer with Friends of Trees throughout the season. Check out our most up-to-date needs and let us know if you're interested:
Also, we organize public tree planting events every Saturday morning from mid-October through May and we always need help planting the trees. We provide coffee and breakfast treats to get you fueled up, as well as gloves, tools and trained volunteer guidance. It's a great way to get outside, learn how to plant trees, meet people, fulfill service learning requirements and help make the metro region greener and healthier - all at once!
- If you're coming with a group of 5 or more people, please use our Group Registration Form to save a space for your group at a planting event. We love groups and make it as easy as possible for you to organize your group volunteer day!
- If you're not in a group, there is no need to RSVP in advance. Also, if you're under 18 years old, please bring a signed copy of our Youth Waiver with you to the event.
We look forward to working with you soon!
CONTACT US! For more information about any of our volunteer opportunities, please email Jenny Bedell-Stiles or Ian Bonham in the Volunteer & Outreach Program. You can also reach us at 503-595-0213. We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one.