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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Botanizing Amidst China's Scenic Mountains

Thursday, March 2
7pm
HAF members event

Hoyt Arboretum will host an evening presentation on "Botanizing Amidst China’s Scenic Mountains" with speakers Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson from Far Reaches Farm.

Far Reaches Farm is a rare plant specialty nursery located in Port Townsend, Washington. Sue and Kelly are collectors, propagators, growers and, above all, avid disciples of plants.

Three things drive the nursery and those are to grow as many intriguing plants as possible in the most environmentally responsible manner while contributing to advancing botanical knowledge and have fun doing it. Technically, that is four things, but the fun part is a given!

Sue and Kelly look forward to sharing their phytomaniacal obsession with the audience. And just remember that there are worse things to be afflicted with than a passion for gardening!

This event is reserved for HAF members only. Space is limited; please sign up here.


Hoyt Arboretum Tour Guide Training

Saturday, March 11, 12-2pm OR
Tuesday, March 14, 4-6pm

Hoyt Arboretum is recruiting volunteer tour guides for the upcoming tour season! Tour guides lead visitors from near and far on informative and entertaining tours through the arboretum’s collection. Public tours are scheduled every Saturday at 12pm from April through October; private tours are scheduled by request. This volunteer position is a great opportunity for individuals with an interest in trees, plants and conservation to expand their knowledge while developing public speaking and guest service skills.

Two training sessions will be available, which will include both classroom instruction and a training tour on the arboretum’s trails. Each session will be limited to 10 participants; please sign up here.

Questions? Please email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or call (503) 823-1649.


Hoyt Arboretum Trail Rover Training

Saturday, March 18, 1-3pm

Trail Rovers are Hoyt Arboretum’s ambassadors on the trail; they share their knowledge of Hoyt Arboretum’s trails, trees and “treasures,” and help maintain Hoyt Arboretum as a world-class destination by informing arboretum staff of any issues encountered while roving. At this training session, volunteers will:

• Learn about Hoyt Arboretum, Hoyt Arboretum Friends and its partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation
• Learn best practices for customer service, communication and safety
• Become familiar with Trail Rover resources including maps, brochures and additional onsite resources
• Walk the arboretum trails on a practice “rove”

To learn more or to sign up for the training, please email volunteer@hotyarboretum.org or call (503) 823-1649. 


Saturday Crew - Arbor Month Edition

Saturday, April 1
9am-12pm
Volunteer to spruce up the arboretum during Arbor Month! Saturday Crew volunteers assist Hoyt Arboretum's horticulturist with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, special projects and more. 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.

Botanical Illustration with Watercolor

Saturday, April 1
11:30am-2:30pm
$15/HAF member, $20/non-member 

Whether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your botanical illustration skills, this class is for you! Instructor Ruth Williams will teach students the basics of botanical illustration so that they can complete one or two watercolors.

About the Instructor: Ruth is an arborist and plant enthusiast with a degree in Horticulture from UC Davis. At Hoyt Arboretum, she leads tours and teaches plant identification and botanical illustration. She lives in Southeast Portland with two heritage California Bay Laurels, her husband, and six chickens.

Limited to 12 people. $15/member, $20/non-member. Registration is required. Sign up below via Paypal or call (503) 823-1649.
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Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon

Wednesday, April 12
9am-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.

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Folk Heroes of the Northwest: A Slideshow Presentation by William L. Sullivan

Thursday, April 13
1 pm
Free event!

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.


Saturday Crew - Arbor Month Edition

Saturday, April 29
9am-12pm
Volunteer to spruce up the arboretum during Arbor Month! Saturday Crew volunteers assist Hoyt Arboretum's horticulturist with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, special projects and more. 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.

 

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