This Week: 2011 Portland Arbor Week | FREE, Tree Climbing, Bike Ride, Free Seedlings

Portland is home to over 121 species of trees. And to celebrate them, the city today kicks off a week of free, tree-centric events, classes and recreational activities. If you haven’t hugged a PDX tree lately, this would be a good week to do so.

From press release:
2011 Portland Arbor Week
Monday, April 4 – Saturday, April 9
Various PDX Locations

Portland's official Arbor Week Celebration, today through April 9, is filled with free activities that will help build an understanding and appreciation for the trees in Portland's parks, natural area, streets, and private yards. Kids and adults both can learn about the variety, the history, and the future of trees, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Portland’s Arbor Week 2011 will kick off from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, with the City of Portland's official Arbor Day Celebration, this year in the South Park Blocks near Portland State University.

Arbor Day Ceremony, 12 noon
¬Â¢ Welcome by City Forester David McAllister
¬Â¢ Comments by Commissioner Nick Fish
¬Â¢ Presentation of Tree City USA by Kristin Ramstad, Oregon Department of Forestry
¬Â¢ Tree planting demonstration

Arbor Day activities, 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon; 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
¬Â¢ High Climbers Demonstration watch the professionals climb and learn how they care for trees
¬Â¢ Bucket Truck rides take a ride up into the elms and look right into the tree canopy!
¬Â¢ “The Tree Doctor is IN” – City Tree Inspectors answer your questions
¬Â¢ For kids, Decorate Tree Cookie with magnets for your fridge and make your own “I love Trees” button
¬Â¢ Free seedling give-aways and informational booths featuring Portland Parks & Recreation/City Nature, Neighborhood Tree Steward Program, Elm Monitoring program, Bureau of Environmental Service's Grey to Green, Friends of Trees, and more

All events are FREE!

Monday, April 4
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Downtown South Park blocks near Portland State University
Portland Arbor Day Celebration
Join Portland Parks & Recreation in recognizing the many people who work to care for Portland’s trees!

Tuesday, April 5
10 a.m., 2001 NW Glisan
Trees of Couch Park with Phyllis Reynolds
Learn about the history and trees of one of Portland’s oldest parks with Trees of Greater Portland Author Phyllis Reynolds.

Wednesday, April 6
10 a.m., Laurelhurst Park, 3600 SE Ankeny
Mature Tree Care Class
Portland Parks & Recreation high climbers demonstrate mature tree care in Laurelhurst Park

Thursday, April 7
3:30 p.m., World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road
Oregon State University Starker Lecture Series
Connecting People and Forests: A Global Perspective on Urban Forestry

Friday, April 8
10 a.m., 4000 SW Fairview
Hoyt Arboretum Magnolia Tree Walk
See the city's best collection of Magnolias, all in full bloom.

Saturday, April 9
9 a.m., Sellwood Park 7701 SE 7th Avenue
Coolest Trees in SE Portland Bike Ride
Ride your bike with an urban forester to find the most notable trees in Sellwood, Reed, and Eastmoreland neighborhoods.

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