Celebrate Arbor Week
Arbor Day is America’s National Tree Holiday, observed on the last Friday of April to celebrate the role of trees in our lives and to promote tree planting and care. In Oregon we celebrate an entire Arbor Week which is the first full week in April. This year, celebrate trees with a Heritage Tree Bike Ride or at any of these TREErific events!
Heritage Tree Bike Ride
Sunday, April 3, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Depart at 11 a.m. from Lower Millennium Plaza Park
Kick off Arbor Week with a 14-mile bicycle tour of Lake Oswego’s Heritage Trees! We’ll take a hilly ride through Lake Oswego’s neighborhoods to visit some of the city’s oldest, grandest trees. A mechanic from Lakeside Bicycles will be riding along in case you have mechanical difficulties. Please print and sign a waiver/release form to bring with you for each rider (download below). Learn more about the city’s Heritage Tree Program
Arbor Week Festival
Sunday, April 3, 1 to 3 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park, First Street and Evergreen Road
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy live music, tree climbing demonstrations, crafts for kids, free refreshments, and loads of prizes! Certified Arborists from Collier Arbor Care/Bartlett Tree Experts will present principles of small tree pruning, demonstrate pruning techniques, and hand out native seedlings at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. You can also learn about opportunities to enhance the urban forest in your neighborhood by talking with members of local Friends groups.
Heritage Tree Celebration
Tuesday, April 5, 12 to 1 p.m. at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, 17401 Stafford Road
Celebrate Arbor Week at the resting place of Lake Oswego’s founding families and citizens, and see the only madrone currently designated as a Heritage Tree in the City. Learn more about the City’s Heritage Tree Program and about the rich history of Oswego Pioneer Cemetery dating back to 1850. Refreshments will be provided. Information about the city’s Heritage Tree Program is available here.
Thursday, April 7, 10 to 11 a.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road
Join Luscher Farm staff and Lynne Bacon, storyteller extraordinaire, for a special Arbor Day story time on the farm, followed by a visit to the Heritage Trees located at Luscher Farm. For children ages 3-8; parents must accompany children. This is a free event, but space is limited so please register online at www.loparks.org - activity #12901.
Make Your Own Paper
Thursday, April 7, 3 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street
Papermaking is a fun, hands-on activity that helps kids understand how recycling paper saves trees, water and energy. Participants in this program will learn about the benefits of paper recycling as they create a beautiful, hand-made recycled piece of paper. Recommended for grades 5-12.
Preschool Walk in Springbrook Park
Friday, April 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Springbrook Park entrance at Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road
Bring your preschoolers to the first of four preschool walks in April at Springbrook Park for a chance to explore trees and things that live in them with educator Sue Thomas. Kids and parents will find out how easy and fun it is to learn about nature. Geared to children ages 2-6, but all are welcome. Each child will be able to check out a bucket of “discovery supplies” for the walk and a craft will be available. Please bring a snack for you and your child.
Tree and Native Planting Event
Saturday, April 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Campbell Native Gardens, 2750 Iron Mountain Boulevard
Join the Campbell Family and Rotary Club of Lake Oswego to help revamp Campbell Native Gardens with new plantings and plant a tree in honor of Arbor Week! Susanna Kuo, daughter of Mr. Campbell, will give a history of their family and of Iron Mountain Park. Boots and gloves are recommended. Refreshments will be provided.
Questions? Contact 503-635-0290 for more information on Lake Oswego Arbor Week or Urban and Community Forestry events.
Check out a tree-themed book this week!
The Lake Oswego Library, located at 706 Fourth Street, will have tree-themed books on display all week. Open daily: 1-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday.