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Volunteer


A little dirt never hurt.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us
in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley.

There are many ways to help. Check out our calendar
for upcoming opportunities. 

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Volunteer


A little dirt never hurt.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us
in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley.

There are many ways to help. Check out our calendar
for upcoming opportunities. 

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We have VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES available for every individual wanting to help. Check OUR CALENDAR for upcoming volunteer events. If you're under 18, you must have parental or guardian permission to sign up.

 

Join our planting team for tree PLANTINGS in local PARKS, SCHOOLS and NEIGHBORHOODS.

Help out at the Community  Nursery during open hours. Assist with TRANSPLANTING, PROPAGATION and other various nursery tasks.

Ride along with our tree care team as they WATER, PRUNE, STAKE and check-up on hundreds of trees around the San Jose area.

Help FIGHT THE DROUGHT with our Lawn Busters team. They work hard to CONVERT LAWNS into drought-tolerant dreamscapes every week.

 

SPREAD THE WORD about trees and the environment at our local schools, fairs and community events.

Other VOLUNTEER opportunities:

  • Office work - filing and other miscellaneous duties
  • Drive our tree mobile bus
  • Be our mascot Treena the Tree or O2
  • Translate our literature to a different language
  • Help beautify our office
 
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TREE AMIGOS are dedicated volunteers who represent Our City Forest at events and projects in the community.

We host 5 week classes throughout the year where we train our Tree Amigos about our programs and how to help BUILD CAPACITY in the community. 

Learn more about the Tree Amigo program 

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Calendar


It's always greening season here.

Bring your friends and family to one of our 
Community Events or sign up for our Volunteer
Opportunities! 

View our full calendar below,
or use the dropdown menu (top right tiny blue arrow on calendar)
to view by category.

Calendar


It's always greening season here.

Bring your friends and family to one of our 
Community Events or sign up for our Volunteer
Opportunities! 

View our full calendar below,
or use the dropdown menu (top right tiny blue arrow on calendar)
to view by category.

 
 
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All VOLUNTEER EVENTS REQUIRE SIGN UP in order to attend and participate. Please select the category below that matches your preferred calendar event above. When completing the form, be sure to mention the event and date in the message section.

 
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Join our planting team on most Saturdays of the year for plantings in our parksschools and neighborhoods.

Help out at our nursery during open hours with tree and shrub care, propagation, and assisting visitors.

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Ride along with our tree care team as they waterprune, stake,and check-up on hundreds of trees around San Jose.

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Help fight the drought with our Lawn Busters team. They work hard to convert lawns into drought-tolerant dreamscapes every week.


 

Help out with GENERAL VOLUNTEER opportunities not shown on the calendar. Are you interested in giving EDUCATIONAL  presentations or tabling at OUTREACH events? SPREAD THE WORD about trees and the environment at our local schools, fairs and community events.

Other VOLUNTEER opportunities include:

  • Office work - filing and databasing
  • Drive our tree mobile bus (Class B license req'd)
  • Be our mascot Treena the Tree 
  • Translate our literature to Vietnamese or Spanish
  • Help beautify our office
 
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Group Volunteering & Sponsorship


We put the "Tree" in Team.

Our City Forest offers Team-Building Workdays at our
Community Nursery and Planting sites around Silicon Valley.
Companies participate in meaningful greening projects and
feel good about giving back. Contact us with dates that work best for your group. We'll find the best fit for a team project. 

Register Your Group

Group Volunteering & Sponsorship


We put the "Tree" in Team.

Our City Forest offers Team-Building Workdays at our
Community Nursery and Planting sites around Silicon Valley.
Companies participate in meaningful greening projects and
feel good about giving back. Contact us with dates that work best for your group. We'll find the best fit for a team project. 

Register Your Group

Corporate SPONSORSHIP

Does your company want to make a real difference in the community? Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Then contact Our City Forest to find a project you can help sponsor! Provide us with group size, volunteer date(s) and contact information to get things started.

Contact Nikki Rowe to learn more:

nikki@ourcityforest.org 

408-998-7337 x 111


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Tree Amigos


We believe in the power of people to transform our community into a greener & healthier ecosystem.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley by becoming a regular volunteer at Our City Forest.

See details below for our next Tree Amigo class. 

Tree Amigos


We believe in the power of people to transform our community into a greener & healthier ecosystem.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley by becoming a regular volunteer at Our City Forest.

See details below for our next Tree Amigo class. 

Join the Tree Team

The Ultimate Friend of the Trees

Love working with plants and people? Want to commit to be a leader in the community? Sign up for Our City Forest's Tree Amigo class. 

The next class begins May 19, 2018 

ABOUT THE CLASS

The Tree Amigo class will be a mixture of online and hands-on learning. Participants are asked to commit for the full 5-week course. If enrolled, you are expected to come to each Saturday morning in-person class in order to earn the Tree Amigo title. If an in-person class is missed, we will arrange a make-up date. 

The online material will be released at the beginning of each week and participants will have until that Friday to complete the reading and short assignments before the Saturday in-person training. 

Saturday sessions will be about 3-4 hours, beginning either at 8AM or 9AM (depending on that week's hands-on project).

HOW TO APPLY

Please click on the link to our application form below. If you're under 18, you will need to have your parent/guardian fill out this Consent Form and submit before we can follow up with your application.

Email treeamigo@ourcityforest.org if you have any questions.

Our City Forest considers applicants for internships/volunteering without regard to gender, race, age, religion, national origin, veteran or marital status, or any other legally protected status.  We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities when it would not be an undue hardship.  If you need a reasonable accommodation in the pre-placement process, please contact the Volunteer Manager (treeamigo@ourcityforest.org; (408) 998-7337).


(Tentative) SCHEDULE OF TREE AMIGO CLASS

(**Schedule subject to change depending on projects**)

Week 1 - Our City Forest Overview & Introduction

  • Saturday: Welcome and a Tree Tour

Week 2 - Community Planting & Urban Forestry Overview

  • Saturday: Meet the planting team, Tree Planting Demo & Planting Event

Week 3 - Community Nursery Day

  • Saturday: Meet the Nursery team & workday

Week 4 - Water Conservation & Lawn Busters Program

  • Saturday: Meet the Lawn Busters Team & Lawn conversion project

Week 5 - Tree Care & Stewardship - Graduation!

  • Saturday: Meet & help the Tree Care team during a maintenance event; then celebrate!