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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Conifers 201 - Conifers of Northwest Oregon

Wednesday, April 16, 10am-1pm
Limited to 15 people per class. $15/members, $20/non-members

Learn to identify all 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon. Class 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.

This class is now full. If you are interested in signing up for future sessions of this class, please contact Becky Schreiber at 503.823.1649 or email becky.schreiber@portlandoregon.gov


Trips & Trees Presentation: Patagonia

Thursday, April 17, 7pm
Free event!

Patagonia.jpgArboretum volunteer Rick Pope recently returned from a two week trip spent exploring the Patagonia region of South America. Seven days of lodge-based hiking revealed stunning views of the iconic mountains of the area including Fitzroy, Cerro Torre and Torres del Paine National Park. The mile-wide face of the Perito Moreno Glacier will also be shown which regularly entertains crowds with thundering ice falls into a lake. A glimpse into the flora and fauna of the parks is provided as well with bird life ranging from flamingos to penguins and the majestic condor. Especially thrilling for Rick was a puma sighting one day. While it was very late summer, there were even a few wildflowers left to seek out and enjoy! 

 


Sacred Trees: Ancient Associations, Lingering Links - Guided Tour

Sunday, April 20, 12pm
Free event!

Ever wonder why we "knock on wood" to avert bad luck? Or why we put a sprig of holly up at Christmas? What trees mentioned in the Bible grow at Hoyt? What tree did Buddhist monks probably save from extinction? We'll find out as we explore the many trees that are associated with different religions of the world on this special Easter tour.


Earth Day Work Party

Tuesday, April 22, 8am-12pm
Volunteer Opportunity!

Lend a hand at Hoyt Arboretum during Arbor Month! Wear work clothes such as pants and boots. Be sure to dress for the weather, and bring water and a snack. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please sign up here, or email Heather Wilkinson for more information.


Tricks to Tree ID: Book Signing & Walk

Thursday, April 24, 11:30am-2pm
Free event! 

Bring your lunch and join Hoyt Arboretum curator Martin Nicholson and Trees to Know in Oregon author and OSU professor Ed Jensen for an informal Q&A and book signing from from 11:30am - 12:30pm in the arboretum visitors center.

Following lunch Ed Jensen will lead us on a walk through the arboretum to learn tricks of the trade for identifying Oregon's common tree species. Ed is an enthusiastic and engaging teacher! This is a walk you'll definitely not want to miss.


History of Hoyt Arboretum with Marcy Houle

Friday, April 25, 12pm
Free event! 

Celebrate National Arbor Day with Marcy Houle, author of One City's Wilderness, who will give a fascinating presentation on the history of Hoyt Arboretum. Please meet at the Visitor Center; registration is not required.


Saturday Crew Work Party

Saturday, April 26, 9am-12pm
Volunteer Opportunity!

Lend a hand at Hoyt Arboretum during Arbor Month! Wear work clothes such as pants and boots. Be sure to dress for the weather, and bring water and a snack. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please sign up here, or email Heather Wilkinson for more information..


Hoyt Arboretum Friends Annual Meeting & Spring Blossom Tour

Sunday, April 27
Annual Meeting 2pm-3pm
Spring Blossom Tour 3pm-4pm
Free event! 

Join our wonderful volunteer tour guides for a stroll through the Arboretum. We will be viewing the season’s colorful blooms and learning about the fascinating transformation that is spring! Mark your calendars and bring your cameras. Please meet at the Visitor Center; registration is not required.


I Heart Oregon (& Washington): 25 of the Portland Area's Best Hikes 

Saturday, May 17, 1pm
Free event! 

Join graphic designer and author Lisa Holmes as she discusses her new hiking book, I Heart Oregon (& Washington): 25 of the Portland Area's Best Hikes. She will share the story that led her to create this unique full-color book which features 400+ photos and its detailed, customized maps.

About the author: Lisa D. Holmes is a graphic designer by trade and a hiking fanatic by accident. Using the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree she earned at the Kansas City Art Institute, she has spent more than 20 years designing a successful career. But Lisa's life changed when she moved to Oregon in 2007 and became obsessed with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest landscape. She has since spent much of her time hiking the trails of Oregon and Washington and taking photographs of everything she encountered... over 8,000 so far. Combining her photos, her map and book design skills, and her desire to share her journey with others has led her to her new career of creating books about the landscape she loves.


Botanical Illustration

Saturday, May 31, 1pm-4pm
Limited to 12 people. $15/member, $20/non-member

Whether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your drawing skills, this class is for you. Learn the basics of drawing plants using fresh clippings from Hoyt Arboretum. Drawing plants is a fun and relaxing way to begin to notice the details botanists recognize to identify plant species. Students will learn the basics of botanical illustration and complete one or two drawings in ink.

About the instructor: Ruth Williams is an Arborist and plant enthusiast with a degree in Horticulture from UC Davis. She learned to draw plants in weed science 101, and later at the Mojave Desert Studies Center. She lives in Southeast Portland with two heritage California Bay Laurels, her husband, and six chickens.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up via PayPal below or contact Becky at 503.823.1649 or becky.schreiber@portlandoregon.gov.

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