Everyone at Urban Forest Pro appreciates the beauty and generosity of the Portland landscape. Here, the trees are huge and the people are friendly. To give back to our community and the ecosystem that allows Portland’s urban forest to grow, we volunteer our time at Hoyt Arboretum.
What is the Hoyt Arboretum?
The Hoyt Arboretum is a living museum of trees spread over 187 acres of ridges in Portland’s West Hills. Located two miles northwest of downtown Portland and operated by the city’s award-winning Parks and Recreation department, the Hoyt Arboretum offers an incredible, cost-free opportunity for Portland families to learn about and appreciate an incredible range of trees.
Activities at Hoyt Arboretum include:
—Hiking. There are 12 miles of hiking trails winding through the park. Each month, the Hoyt Arboretum highlights stunning trees on trails. This September, for instance, Hoyt is recommending visitors take in the ‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese maple, Acer palmatum. Not only does the Sango Kaku’s leaves turn golden yellow in the fall; the tree’s bark also shifts color to a coral red that is only intensified as temperatures drop.
—Informative tours on seasonal topics. This month’s talks, available for a small fee, include a tour of the park’s many maples and a discussion of the history behind common plants all around us.
—Join a volunteer work party. Sign up online for monthly work parties in the park.
But most of all, the primary thing to do at Hoyt Arboretum is to…
Enjoy the Amazing Array of Trees.
There are over 6,000 trees from all over the world in Hoyt Arboretum. Over 2,000 species are found in the park, including 63 species that are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Hoyt Arboretum practices ex situ conservation on its threatened species, assisting Botanic Gardens Conservation International in keeping these precious trees on our planet.
Our Portland arborists do a variety of tasks at Hoyt Arboretum. Their expertise allows for holistic plant care, as provided in our residential tree service.
Portland, Oregon residents who love trees as much as we do should see Hoyt Arboretum as their personal oasis—an island of peace in Stumptown. If you’re a tree lover, we encourage you to visit Hoyt Arboretum regularly, and sign up for volunteer opportunities to help the park thrive.