Volunteer Opportunities

Apache Tree Distribution in October 2012
Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the pleasant weather and beautiful fall color changes. Urban Forestry will continue to host volunteer opportunities this season that are great for groups looking for service projects or individuals who are interested in learning more about their local environment. Please contact Leigh with questions about events, or to RSVP at 359-4759 or by email. See below for a listing of this season’s volunteer opportunities, which will also be posted on the Urban Forestry calendar in the near future.

Mulching at the Arboretum

– Thursday September 19th at 4:30 PM
The Margaret Annis Boys Centennial Arboretum includes many specimen trees with continually expanding canopies. Placing a wide ring of mulch beneath the drip lines of these trees enhances their health and growth and helps to prevent tree stress. We worked with volunteers earlier in the summer to replenish mulch around trees in the arboretum and will continue the project this fall. Not only may volunteers contribute to the health of our local arboretum, but this portion of Bickham-Rudkin Park is a very peaceful and beautiful location to spend an afternoon. Check out our event page for directions to the arboretum.

Open House Urban Forestry Booth

– Oct. 10th, 3:30 -7 PM at Cross Timbers (I35 & Covell)
The Urban Forestry booth gets a lot of traffic at the annual Open House, and with only three of us on staff in the Department we could use a helping hand! Please let us know if you would like to assist us with passing out tree seedlings or facilitating the kid’s craft. It’s always a lot of fun and we could sure use the help!

Apache Tree Distribution

– October 18th, 11:45 AM at Festival Marketplace (24 W Main St)
The Apache Foundation trees that the Tree Bank makes available each year have contributed to one of our most popular events, the tree distribution at Festival Marketplace! With a large turnout of people, it always helps having some volunteers assisting with the distribution. Please contact Leigh (359-4759) to RSVP as a volunteer.

Invasive Species Removal

– Thursday November 21st, 4:30 PM at Bickham-Rudkin Park (33rd and Rankin)
In addition to our beautiful native cross timbers forest, Edmond is home to prairie areas that are vital ecosystems for many species of wildlife and plants. Unfortunately due to constraints in land management of urban areas, many of these ecosystems are threatened by aggressively spreading species of trees. Over the past couple of years, Urban Forestry has begun working with volunteers to remove invasive trees from prairie on public land, primarily in Bickham-Rudkin Park. This November we will continue the project.

Take a look at other topics in the September 2013 issue of Tree Mail.