Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation to support Hoyt Arboretum.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

Regularly-scheduled tours leave the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center every Saturday and Sunday at noon from April through October.


Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum - Rare, Threatened and Unusual Conifers

Saturday, June 16
12pm
$3 suggested donation, HAF members free!

Conifers are an ancient and diverse group of trees. Join Certified Arborist Julian Lawrence as you explore rare and unusual conifers from around the world. Hoyt Arboretum plays an important part in conservation of threatened species.

Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center.


Guided Hike of Hoyt Arboretum

Saturday, June 16
1pm-3pm

New to Portland or new to exploring the trail system at Hoyt? Learn the trails, see the arboretum's highlights, and meet fellow nature lovers on this guided hike. Hikers should come prepared for the weather, including appropriate footwear and rain jackets if needed. This hike will about 4 miles. Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center at 1pm.


Pollinator Party in Washington Park

Saturday, June 16
Noon - 4 pm 

National Pollinator Week is June 18 to 24, and we're kicking off the week in Washington Park with a Pollinator Party! The Pollinator Party will feature hands-on, kid-friendly activities and experts who will inspire the community to take on the challenge of creating a pollinator-friendly yard or neighborhood. Helping to create a better environment for hummingbirds, bumblebees, and butterflies will not just benefit those species, but help the planet and other species as well. Pick up a Pollinator Passport and get it stamped at Oregon Zoo and Hoyt Arboretum. Event stations in Hoyt Arboretum are located in the meadow are by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the south side of the Arboretum, across from the Zoo. Event stations in the Arboretum are free; normal admission prices apply at the Oregon Zoo.

Oregon Pollinator Week is a collaboration between the Oregon Zoo, Metro, Oregon Flora Project, Oregon Bee Project, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Portland Urban Beekeepers, Portland Parks & Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and The Xerces Society. 


Birding by Ear Workshop (FULL)

Sunday, June 17
9am-12pm
$15/member, $20/non-member

Recognizing birds by their songs and calls adds awareness and understanding to your birding experience. This workshop is a great introduction to some of the common bird voices around us. Tune in to bird sounds and take your birding to a new level!

In this class, experienced ear birder Laura Whittemore will introduce you to the songs and calls of some of the common resident and migrant songbirds of the Pacific Northwest. Tune up your ears indoors with a short slide and audio presentation of local songsters, then use your new awareness on a walk around the Arboretum to detect birds by moving slowly, listening carefully, and tracking down mystery singers. Suitable for any birder who wants to start learning the voices of birds.

About the instructor: Longtime birder and teacher Laura Whittemore loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She regularly teaches classes for Audubon Society of Portland and previously worked for Backyard Bird Shop, where she helped bird-feeding enthusiasts ID those confusing little brown birds. Laura holds a BA in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and has traveled in the US, Australia, South Africa, and Antarctica in search of birds.

This workshop is now full. Please email info@hoytarboretum.org to be added to the wait list. 


Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum - Living Relics

Sunday, June 17
12pm
$3 suggested donation, HAF members free!

Learn about trees that are relics representing another time! These living fossils are relics of when mastodons and ground sloths roamed, and modern relics like the sassafras that was once wildly used for root beer. Join arborist Casey Clapp to learn about these interesting and ancient trees.

Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center. 


Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum - Seasonal Highlights

Saturday, June 23
12pm
$3 suggested donation, HAF members free!

Summer has arrived at the arboretum, and there are lots of things to see around every corner. This Saturday, join tour guide Alex Staunch to enjoy the season's highlights.

Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center. 


 

Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum - Seasonal Highlights

Sunday, June 24
12pm
$3 suggested donation, HAF members free!

Summer has arrived at the arboretum, and there are lots of things to see around every corner. This Sunday, join tour guide Tedde McMillen to enjoy the season's highlights.

Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center. 


Northwest Conifers Workshop

Wednesday, June 27
9am-12pm
$15/member, $20/non-member

Expand your knowledge of native conifers with Instructor Ken Denniston (author of nwconifers.com). Ken will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The workshop will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.

Limited to 15 people. $15/member, $20/non-member. Registration is required. Sign up via Paypal below or call (503) 823-1649.

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Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum: Forest Art - A Sketching Tour

Saturday, June 30
12pm
$3 suggested donation, HAF members free!

Do you like to draw plants? Do you want to learn more about how to draw them? Join tour guide and illustrator Matt Strieby on this unique 2-hour guided walk and sketching workshop. We’ll head into the arboretum and stop at several locations to draw the trees and plants around us, and Matt will share some of his techniques and approaches to botanical drawing. We’ll also learn how to identify the plants we’re drawing and have general discussions about them. Bring your own drawing materials and make sure you can easily pack them on the trail. Small sketchbooks, a few pens or pencils, or portable digital drawing tablets would all work best. All ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center.

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