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

 

Tree Time! Preschool Walk - Forest Birds

Monday, March 18
10am-12pm
$3/child

Bring your little one out for a fun and interactive morning walk at the arboretum. Tree Time! introduces children to the wonders of nature, and each week centers around a different nature theme to encourage hands-on exploration of plants, streams, bugs, and wildlife. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6. Walks are led by a volunteer Arboretum Naturalist, who will read a story and end with a craft for the children to take home. No pre-registration is necessary; please meet at the Visitor Center dressed for the weather. Tree Time! is held rain or shine. 


Tree Time! Preschool Walk - Camouflage in the Forest 

Monday, April 1
10am-12pm
$3/child

Bring your little one out for a fun and interactive morning walk at the arboretum. Tree Time! introduces children to the wonders of nature, and each week centers around a different nature theme to encourage hands-on exploration of plants, streams, bugs, and wildlife. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6. Walks are led by a volunteer Arboretum Naturalist, who will read a story and end with a craft for the children to take home. No pre-registration is necessary; please meet at the Visitor Center dressed for the weather. Tree Time! is held rain or shine. 


Magnolia Tour with the Curator

Thursday, April 4
12-1pm

April is the time to head outside and enjoy spring color in Portland. Join curator Martin Nicholson for our annual tour through Hoyt's nationally-accredited Magnolia Collection, and get a glimpse of the magnificent magnolia blooms while learning about this ancient and diverse species of trees.

The tour will occur rain or shine. 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 color! This is a free event, and registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center at noon.  


Saturday Crew - Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, April 6
9am-12pm

Join us for the first Saturday Crew of the season! Volunteer to spruce up the arboretum’s trees and trails with a variety of hands-on stewardship projects. Saturday Crews occur rain or shine; volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wear long pants and sturdy, close-toe shoes. No previous experience is required; training, tools and gloves are provided. 

Registration is encouraged; please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/SaturdayCrew19.

Questions? Please contact Becky at volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or (503) 823-1649.


Botanical Illustration Workshop (FULL)

Saturday, April 6
11:30am-2:30pm
$20/member, $25/non-member

Come learn to draw botanical subjects from nature observation! Hoyt Arboretum’s Botanical Illustration workshop covers topics of plant anatomy and tricks for drawing flora realistically. This class is great for beginners and intermediates and for anyone interested in drawing basics, nature and science. Students will practice their new skills by creating botanical illustrated greeting cards. Workshop is taught by local artist and arborist Ruth Williams.

About the instructor: Ruth Williams is a consulting arborist and plant enthusiast with degrees in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from UC Davis. She has been drawing and painting plants for 17 years. She teaches botanical illustration and dormant plant ID at Hoyt. 

This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or call (503) 823-1649. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.


Family Mason Bee Workshop

Monday, April 8
10am-12pm

Join Hoyt Arboretum and local bee experts from Bee & Bloom to learn all about how to support gentle, solitary mason bees in your own backyard! Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee! This workshop will focus on the lifecycle and nesting strategies of mason bees, with a hands-on component where kids and their parents will construct, decorate, and take home their very own mason bee house! 

This workshop will include:

  • A short, kid-friendly presentation on bee diversity and conservation
  • A focused discussion on how mason bees gather food, nest, and raise offspring
  • Tips for creating pollinator habitat in urban and suburban landscapes
  • Construction and decoration of mason bee houses

Class size is limited to 12 participants; one adult and one child is a single registration; additional children will require an additional registration. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $25/member, $30/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

 

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Forest Birds Workshop

Wednesday, April 10
9am-12pm
$15/member, $20/non-member

Mature Pacific Northwest forests host birds that are uniquely adapted to live in different layers of the forest. This workshop will teach you which birds to expect in our coniferous, deciduous, and mixed forests, how to detect them by sight and sound, and which adaptations help them survive and thrive.

In this class, experienced birder Laura Whittemore will introduce you to the common birds of Pacific Northwest mature forests, such as kinglets, creepers, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and owls. Learn how to find and recognize these sometimes elusive species using location, behavior, plumage, and sound. We'll start with an indoor presentation, then you'll use your new awareness on a walk through the Arboretum to detect birds by moving slowly, listening carefully, and paying attention to habitat.

About the instructor: Longtime birder and teacher Laura Whittemore loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She has taught 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.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

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Family Bird Walk

Saturday, April 13
10-11:30am
$7/attendee

Join us for a birding hike for the whole family! These guided walks provide opportunities for parents and children to learn a new outdoor skill together. Each session covers a new topic and includes activities to strengthen your birding skills. Binoculars and field guides will be available, or participants are welcome to bring their own. What better way to spend your family time then learning together in nature? 

Each walk will meet at the Visitor Center and include a short hike on soft surface trails (up to 0.5 miles). Family Bird Walks are geared toward youth ages 5-12 accompanied by an adult. Family Bird Walks are scheduled every second Saturday from April through October.

About the instructor: Longtime birder and teacher Laura Whittemore loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She has taught classes for Audubon Society of Portland and previously worked for Backyard Bird Shop.

Group size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for adults and youth ages 5-12 years old. $7/attendee. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the walk date.

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Magnolias, Bay Trees and Buttercups! An Introduction to Characteristics of the Early Flowering Plants

Monday, April 15
9am-12pm
$15/member, $20/non-member

What do magnolias, bay trees, buttercups, along with the barberries have in common? They are all considered as some of the first-evolved flowering plants. Sometimes referred to as the basal angiosperms and eudicots, these plants have several primitive characteristics that we can easily observe and identify at the family level. Join us as we explore the flowers of these plants in the classroom, then on a short walk through the arboretum. Be prepared for the weather with good walking shoes, rain gear, etc.

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.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

Member / Non-Member


Tree Time! Preschool Walk - Spring Color

Monday, April 15
10am-12pm
$3/child

Bring your little one out for a fun and interactive morning walk at the arboretum. Tree Time! introduces children to the wonders of nature, and each week centers around a different nature theme to encourage hands-on exploration of plants, streams, bugs, and wildlife. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6. Walks are led by a volunteer Arboretum Naturalist, who will read a story and end with a craft for the children to take home. No pre-registration is necessary; please meet at the Visitor Center dressed for the weather. Tree Time! is held rain or shine. 


Earth Day Crew - Volunteer Opportunity

Friday, April 19
9am-12pm

Help to spruce up the arboretum’s trees and trails with a variety of hands-on stewardship projects at this special Earth Day Crew. The Earth Day Crew will occur rain or shine; volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wear long pants and sturdy, close-toe shoes. No previous experience is required; training, tools and gloves are provided.

Registration is encouraged; please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/ArborMonth19.

Questions? Please contact Becky at volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or (503) 823-1649.


Birding by Ear – Resident Birds Workshop

Saturday, April 20
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 has taught 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.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

Member / Non-Member

Wildflowers of Hoyt Arboretum Workshop

Monday, April 22
9am-12pm
$15/member, $20/non-member

While the Hoyt Arboretum is known as a living museum of trees from around the world, did you know that the arboretum also has extensive natural areas with many native wildflowers? Join us for a short classroom session, then a longer outside walk while we explore and identify many of the common wildflowers that are typical of the Portland area. Be prepared for the weather with good walking shoes, rain gear, etc.

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.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

Member / Non-Member


Arbor Day Crew - Volunteer Opportunity

Friday, April 26
9am-12pm

Help to spruce up the arboretum’s trees and trails with a variety of hands-on stewardship projects at this special Arbor Day Crew. The Arbor Day Crew will occur rain or shine; volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wear long pants and sturdy, close-toe shoes. No previous experience is required; training, tools and gloves are provided.

Registration is encouraged; please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/ArborMonth19.

Questions? Please contact Becky at volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or (503) 823-1649.


Saturday Crew - Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, April 27
9am-12pm

Join us for the second Saturday Crew of the season! Volunteer to spruce up the arboretum’s trees and trails with a variety of hands-on stewardship projects. Saturday Crews occur rain or shine; volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wear long pants and sturdy, close-toe shoes. No previous experience is required; training, tools and gloves are provided. 

Registration is encouraged; please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/SaturdayCrew19.

Questions? Please contact Becky at volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or (503) 823-1649.


Members-Only Spring Blossom Tour

Sunday, April 28
3-4pm

Join curator Martin Nicholson to see and smell spring blooms around the Arboretum on the annual members-only Spring Blossom Tour. The tour will occur rain or shine. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes for walking on trails, and bring your camera to photograph the beautiful displays of spring color! Registration is not required; please meet at the Visitor Center at 3pm.


Mushroom Identification Workshop

Monday, April 29
9:00am-1pm
$20/member, $25/non-member

The Pacific Northwest is home to a wealth of fascinating fungi. If you've ever been curious about how to identify mushrooms you see, here is your chance! In this class, mushroom enthusiast and avid forager Leah Bendlin will teach the basics of mushroom identification, from key physical features, to habitat and ecological roles. Bring in your own finds for guided practice applying ID processes following the presentation. We will also take a hike in the arboretum to find mushrooms in their natural habitats.

About the instructor: Leah grew up in the Midwest with nature loving biologist parents who taught her how to forage for edible plants. Later, she moved to the Pacific Northwest, and a friend took her out one day for a chanterelle hunt. She was fascinated by the bounty of chanterelles that year, but also by the abundance of other mushrooms that she had somehow never noticed before. After asking friends more about mushroom identification and coming up with dead ends, she set out to teach herself. A chance encounter soon became a life passion. Leah became obsessed with mushroom taxonomy and all the facets that go into the hunt, learning to read the land for signs of treasure. In 2015, she was elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Mycological Society, where she currently also serves as a teacher, speaker and identifier. After seven years of intense study, she now takes every opportunity possible to share the love of fungi with others and inspire them to begin their own journeys.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

Member / Non-Member


Family Bird Walk

Saturday, May 11
10-11:30am
$7/attendee

Join us for a birding hike for the whole family! These guided walks provide opportunities for parents and children to learn a new outdoor skill together. Each session covers a new topic and includes activities to strengthen your birding skills. Binoculars and field guides will be available, or participants are welcome to bring their own. What better way to spend your family time then learning together in nature? 

Each walk will meet at the Visitor Center and include a short hike on soft surface trails (up to 0.5 miles). Family Bird Walks are geared toward youth ages 5-12 accompanied by an adult. Family Bird Walks are scheduled every second Saturday from April through October.

About the instructor: Longtime birder and teacher Laura Whittemore loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She has taught classes for Audubon Society of Portland and previously worked for Backyard Bird Shop.

Group size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for adults and youth ages 5-12 years old. $7/attendee. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the walk date.

Member / Non-Member


Invasive Rubus Community Science Project - Volunteer Opportunity

Wednesday, May 22
10-11am

Non-native Rubus (blackberry) is widespread in the Pacific Northwest and causes negative impacts to native habitats. This community science project is in its second year and will survey the presence of four non-native Rubus species in select Portland parks and natural areas throughout the city. The research will help with the early detection of a relatively new invader to northern Oregon, Rubus vestitus, and inform invasive Rubus management and control strategies.

A training session for Invasive Rubus Community Science volunteers is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 from 10-11am. During this training, volunteers will learn to identify the four invasive Rubus species, choose their assigned parks or natural areas, and learn to collect data and record their observations. For more information or to sign up, please email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or call (503) 823-1649.


 

Art of Movement: Exploring the Intersection of Body, Nature & Creativity

Wednesday, June 5
10-11:30am
$15/member, $17 non-member

Art of Movement is a class aimed at bringing the whole, embodied self to the acts of exploration and creation. We cultivate flow not by ignoring our aches, pains, tensions, needs, but by creating space to experience our full, breathing embodiment. Each class will begin with a thoughtful movement exploration, continue with a walk in the Arboretum, and finish with a small art project and discussion. We aim to explore embodied creative pathways, grounded in the here and now, fed by the senses, connected to the world. 

About the instructor: Eve Bernfeld, M.A., M.AmSAT is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a licensed Drama Educator, Adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark College, Owner of In Balance Alexander Technique and a Mom. She has spent decades exploring the convergence of body, mind, nature and creativity.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; registration is required. Recommended for ages 15 and up. $15/member, $17/non-member. Sign up with Paypal below, or call (503) 823-1649. There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the class date.

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