If the saying, “Trees are the eternal optimists…. reaching for the sky,” is true, then Lake Oswego, Oregon is a very optimistic town. Trees hold a special place of honor here.
In fact, next week an ambitious schedule of activities has been planned in celebration of Arbor Week, April 7-13. Here’s how to join in by giving trees the respect they deserve.
Heritage Tree Bike Ride. Sunday, April 7, departing at 11:30 a.m. from lower Millennium Park Plaza. This is a two-for-one bike ride to both kick off Arbor Week as well as the 2013 100 Mile Challenge. This 13-mile ride will take you through Lake Oswego neighborhoods, home to some of the city’s oldest trees. To register: contact Laura Weigel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.675.3730.
Right Tree in the Right Place Workshop, Monday, April 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West End Building, 4010 Kruse Way. Learn how to pick the right tree for the right spot in your yard as well as tips for long-term care and maintenance. 503.635.0290 for free registration.
Heritage Tree Dedication, Tuesday, April 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 208 Durham Street. Help dedicate Lake Oswego’s newest Heritage Tree, a 53-inch diameter Douglas fir.
Benefits of Trees Walk, Wednesday, April 10, departing at 12:00 p.m. from the rear of City Hall. This is “Tree Appreciation 101” dispensed while strolling through the Evergreen and First Addition Neighborhoods.
Tree City USA Celebration and Heritage Tree Dedication, Thursday, April 11, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jean Road Fire Station. Join in celebrating Lake Oswego’s bragging rights—24 years since its designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA—and check out another new Heritage Tree, a 39-inch diameter Oregon white oak.
Plant a Tree, Free a Tree, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Springbrook Park near the Sundeleaf Drive entrance. Support Lake Oswego Junior High School students as they plant native trees in this city park. If you come prepared to work, you can help free a tree from invasive English ivy, the most common invasive plant in Lake Oswego—just bring your work gloves and printing shears.
Three Cheers for Trees with Penny’s Puppet Productions, 11:00 a.m., Lake Oswego Public Library. Enjoy a sing-along show that entertains while it teaches young audiences about our natural canopies.