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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Celebrate Arbor Day at Hoyt Arboretum!

Friday, April 29
9am-12pm

What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than helping spruce up our Museum of Trees!

We're inviting all who are able to come help us with some mulching, trail work, trimming, hauling, weeding, etc.  It should be awfully fun and a great way to get dirty with some fine folks. All tools, work gloves, and materials will be provided. Please wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy footwear; bring water and snacks.

If you are interested in helping us out, please register here


Beautify Hoyt Arboretum For Arbor Month!

April 30, 9-12pm

Getting dirty at the Arboretum has never been easier!

We're inviting all who are able to come help us with some mulching, trail work, trimming, hauling, weeding, etc. There are four opportunities for you to help us throughout the month, April 2 and 30th. 

The work this group will do will help us get our grounds in tip top shape this very important month.... Arbor Month!

If you're interested, you should expect to get super dirty, meet some really fun people, and feel sore the following day from a good morning's work. We have all the tools and gloves, but you should wear clothes you don't mind getting messy and that are appropriate for the weather.... it's Portland, so it's probably a safe bet that it might rain.

The last thing to bring along is snacks! No one likes to be hungry, so please come prepared.

If you are interested in helping us out, please register here


Children's Storytime and Tour through the Redwoods

Saturday, April 30
10-11:30am

Join Hoyt Arboretum educators in our library for a reading of Jason Chin's Redwoods followed by a tour through the redwoods, dawn redwoods, and sequoias in the arboretum. 

Free to public. No registration necessary. 


Spring Color Tour

Saturday, April 30
12-2pm

Take a guided tour through Hoyt Arboretum to see and smell the season’s colorful blooms. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water. Please meet at the Visitor Center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd; this is a free tour and registration is not required.


Members-Only Spring Color Tour 

Sunday, May 1
3pm

A members-only spring color tour with Hoyt Arboretum's curator, Martin Nicholson, is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 3pm. Meet at the Stevens Pavilion. Please join us! 


From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between Tour

Saturday, May 7
12pm

Every plant has a story to share! Learn how the dandelion got its name, why the Douglas fir is not a fir, the tree that held the British Navy at bay, and more! This guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum will open your eyes to the histories and mysteries of the everyday plants and trees around us.

$3 suggested donation. Hoyt Arboretum members are free. No registration necessary. 


Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon

Saturday, May 7
1-4pm

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.

About the instructor: Ken Denniston has been hiking the forests of Oregon for over 50 years. During that time, he has learned how to identify each species of our native conifers.  Recently, he completed the Oregon Master Naturalist Program from Oregon State University. He is the author of the Northwest Conifers website (nwconifers.com) and volunteers at Hoyt Arboretum, leading tours of the native trees in the conifer collection.

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

Member / Non-Member

Saturday Crew: Trail Work in the Arboretum

Saturday, May 7
9-12pm
Assist our Horticulturist with special projects, invasive species removal, trail maintenance and more. First and last Saturday of the month April-October, first Saturday November-March.
Register here.

Ethnobotany

Wednesday, May 11
11am-2 pm

Many of the plants which we ignore on our walks in the woods actually played an important part in the everyday lives of North American indigenous people. And many people are surprised to learn what they considered as delicacies, such as grubs, baby birds, grasshoppers. Roger will also talk about how they used various trees for housing and weapons as well as the challenges of foraging for their livelihood. Among this seemingly primitive existence, indigenous people knew how to make aspirin, which they used for headaches and soothing aches and pains encountered at the "office."

About the instructor: Roger Nibler has been conducting tours at Hoyt Arboretum since 1987. Roger's particular area of interest is the many uses of plants by the Native North Americans. He also enjoys giving survival tips regarding plants to eat and avoid for those who might get lost in the woods with minimal gear. 

Limited to 15 people. $15/member, $20/non-member. This class is now full. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 (see below). If you would like to added to the wait list or notified of upcoming classes, please email info@hoytarboretum.org or call 503-823-1649. Thanks!


Trail Rover Training

Saturday, May 14
10-11:30am

Do you enjoy hiking in the arboretum? There is a way you can hike and be an ambassador for Hoyt Arboretum! Our Trail Rovers provide information to visitors on the trails and provide information to staff about Center on things of interest, in bloom,and of concern. Training will include information on contacts and procedures as well as a hike in the arboretum. 
To register, please contact Lorraine at lorraine.brooks@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4477. 

Everything in the Kitchen Sink! How to create natural dyes from scraps

Saturday, May 14
11-2 pm

In partnership with Rewild Portland, students will learn the basics of natural dye techniques, a few ways to get color out of what they already have in the kitchen, and an easy technique to get started experimenting with natural dyes.

The class will also include a walk around the arboretum to discuss other common plants that are great for dyes, inks, and other natural crafts. To tie everything together, students will be using a technique called eco printing or bundle dying to make beautiful prints on silk scarves to take home!
Supplies: Students should bring a pen and a notebook.

About the instructor: Sarah Hill is a naturalist and youth program instructor with Rewild Portland. She holds a degree in Life Science from the University of Portland and is currently in charge of the cultural education programs at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Limited to 15 people. $15/member, $20/non-member.  Registration is required. Sign up below via Paypal, or contact Becky Schreiber at (503) 823-1649.  
Member / Non-Member

Youth Tour Guide Training

Wednesday, May 25
9-11:30am

Join us in becoming a volunteer guide at Hoyt Arboretum for our kids tour/Tree Buddies program. You will learn about the arboretum and environmental science, hike our trails, and receive teaching pointers for outdoor education. If you love science, the outdoors, and working with kids, this will be a great opportunity for you.

To register, please contact Lorraine Brooks at lorraine.brooks@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4477. 


Ethnobotany

Wednesday, June 8
1-4pm

Many of the plants which we ignore on our walks in the woods actually played an important part in the everyday lives of North American indigenous people. And many people are surprised to learn what they considered as delicacies, such as grubs, baby birds, grasshoppers. Roger will also talk about how they used various trees for housing and weapons as well as the challenges of foraging for their livelihood. Among this seemingly primitive existence, indigenous people knew how to make aspirin, which they used for headaches and soothing aches and pains encountered at the "office."

About the instructor: Roger Nibler has been conducting tours at Hoyt Arboretum since 1987. Roger's particular area of interest is the many uses of plants by the Native North Americans. He also enjoys giving survival tips regarding plants to eat and avoid for those who might get lost in the woods with minimal gear. 

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

Member / Non-Member

 

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