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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Project BudBurst Training
Thursday, April 610am-12pm
Project BudBurst is a nationwide, citizen science-driven effort designed to study plant responses to changes in climate. Volunteers are needed to monitor the timing of specific events in a plant's life history known as phenophases (E.g., full bloom, fruiting, etc.) and report their observations to Project BudBurst. During this training, volunteers will learn about plant structures and phenology and choose a specific plant to monitor at Hoyt Arboretum. More information about this nationwide project is at www.budburst.org.
To learn more or to sign up for the training, please email email@example.com or call (503) 823-1649.
Magnolia Tree Tour
Thursday, April 612-1pmFree event!
Join Hoyt Arboretum's curator Martin Nicholson for the annual springtime tour through the arboretum's nationally-recognized Magnolia collection. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for walking on trails. Bring your camera to photograph one of Portland's best displays of spring blooms! Meet at noon at the Visitor Center for this family-friendly tour; advanced registration is not required.
Night Sky at the Overlook
Sunday, April 98-9:30pmFree event!
Explore the night sky and April's full "Pink Moon" with a telescope viewing at the arboretum's Overlook Viewpoint. The viewpoint is a short hike up the hill from the Visitor Center's parking lot. Participants can drop in anytime during the scheduled event. Hoyt Arboretum volunteer and astronomy enthusiast Mike Radov will set up his 6-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. He says, "The moon will be 98.8% full, Waxing Gibbons. Jupiter will be 5 degrees away from the Moon so will be easily visible in the night sky. The full moon that appears in April is called the Pink Moon. This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring." This event is weather dependent; advanced registration is not required.
Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon
Wednesday, April 129am-12pm$15/HAF 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.
About the instructor: Ken Denniston has been hiking the forests of Oregon for over 50 years and has learned how to identify each species of our native conifers. He has completed the Oregon Master Naturalist Program from Oregon State University and is the author of the Northwest Conifers website.
Limited to 15 people. $15/member, $20/non-member. Registration is required. Sign up below via Paypal or call (503) 823-1649.
Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slideshow tour of legendary Northwest folk heroes from Sacajawea and D.B. Cooper to Bigfoot. Expect entertaining and educational tales about the historical figures that helped define the spirit of the Pacific Northwest -- as told by the author of the thriller, “The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute”.
Sullivan has written four novels and a dozen nonfiction books about the Northwest, including “Hiking Oregon’s History” and “Oregon Favorites.” His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history.
Meet at the Visitor Center; advanced registration is not required.
Introduction to Flowering Plant Identification: The Basics
Saturday, April 159am-12pm$15/HAF member, $20/non-member
Have you ever wondered how to identify native plants or common weeds? What characteristics should you look for, and how are plants sorted into groups? How are common and scientific names different?
This 3-hour workshop on the basics of plant identification will introduce novices and plant enthusiasts to the wonderful world of plant identification! We will learn about plant parts, leaf shape and arrangements, flower parts, fruit types, etc. and will also examine those key characteristics that place a plant into a certain taxon (named group). We will also have a brief overview of plant classification (naming), examine the notable features of five or six plant families, and introduce participants to a few local field guides that can be used in our region. No prior experience with plant identification is necessary!
We will also take a short walk in the arboretum to further look at plants and plant parts. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and bring a small snack and water for our walk.
Note: This introductory workshop is designed for beginning plant identification enthusiasts. Those who seek to learn about using regional floras with specialized terminology and dichotomous keys should look for an upcoming advanced plant identification workshop.
About the instructor: Dr. Mandy Tu is the Plant Taxonomist & Herbarium Curator at the Hoyt Arboretum. In this position, she is responsible for collecting voucher specimens and verifying the identity of the trees within the arboretum and is often asked to identify plants by natural area managers in the Portland region. She has a B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California at Davis. Mandy has taught many plant identification courses and workshops for botanical professionals and plant enthusiasts.
Limited to 15 people. $15/HAF member, $20/non-member. Registration is required. Sign up below via Paypal or call (503) 823-1649.
Friday, April 219am-12pmVolunteer opportunity!
Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at Hoyt Arboretum! Spend the morning helping improve Portland's museum of living trees with a variety of hands-on projects around the arboretum. Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get dirty in a pair of long pants and sturdy, closed toe shoes. Training, tools and gloves are provided; no previous experience is necessary. Registration is required. Please sign up here.
Friday, April 289am-12pmVolunteer opportunity!
Where better to celebrate Arbor Day than Portland's museum of living trees! Spend the morning helping take care of our trees and trails with a variety of hands-on projects around the arboretum. Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get dirty in a pair of long pants and sturdy, closed toe shoes. Training, tools and gloves are provided; no previous experience is necessary. Registration is required. Please sign up here.
Saturday Crew - Arbor Month Edition
Wednesday, May 109am-12pm$15/HAF member, $20/non-member
Mosses, lichens and liverworts are very ecologically important in sustaining the web of life. This is an opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about mosses, lichens and liverworts.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the biology, evolution, ecology, ethnobotanical uses and cultural anthropology of mosses, lichens and liverworts, as well as their role in fighting global climate change, improving urban air quality and as an integral member of the temperate rainforest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn some of the primary species found in and around Portland and an opportunity to identify and experience many of these species in the field.
About the instructor: Salomon is an environmental author who has an MA in Research from Andover Newton Theological School with a Graduate Certificate in Science and Religion and a BS in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Biology, Environmental Studies and Conflict Analysis/Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University with Naturalist Certificate. At Hoyt Arboretum, Salomon is a citizen scientist, herberium archive assistant, lecturer and tour guide.
$15/HAF member, $20/non-member. Class size is limited; registration is required. Please sign up below via Paypal or call 503-823-1649.
Saturday, May 209am-12pm$15/HAF member, $20/non-member