For those ready to get their hands dirty and spend time among trees, starting in May we have a great opportunity to help the Hoyt Arboretum Friends maintain the beautiful Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park the first and last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Saturday Crew helps with trail maintenance, invasive species removal and other special projects. No experience is required and tools and instruction are always provided.
Join your fellow Sunday Assemblers for the May 30th Saturday Crew. Sign up here.
Please fill out the Sunday Assembly Community Involvement Questionnaire here to give feedback on the types of opportunities that excite you most if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet!
If you are unfamiliar with the arboretum, here’s some info:
Mission of Hoyt Arboretum Friends: To maintain and improve Hoyt Arboretum and its collection for all people through advocacy, resources, awareness and education.
Hoyt Arboretum by the Numbers
• 189 acres with 12 miles of trails
• Over 2,000 species from 6 continents
• 63 Endangered Species (IUCN listed)
• Volunteers contributed 10,783 hours to the Arboretum in 2014 and we’re on a path to surpass that this year!
Top Five Ways Hoyt is Unique
• Curation - Every species is carefully curated, labeled, and researched. We have information on the background of every tree in the collection and it’s all available online in a public database.
• Conservation - We house 63 endangered and threatened species and play a part in their global conservation strategies.
• Global Representation - We have species from 6 continents (all but Antarctica)
• Historic Value - Species are arranged evolutionarily, so you’ll find flowering trees in one area and coniferous trees in another. This is an historically significant way to organize species is indicative of the period in which the Arboretum was created.
• Scientific Value - We are a peer reviewed scientific resource, primarily accessed through our database and our herbarium.
• Our Dawn Redwood - once thought to be an extinct species - was the first to set cones after its rediscovery in China. The cones set in 1952. The Arboretum now houses 22 Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides).
• In case you were wondering, “Who is Hoyt?,” Ralph Hoyt was a civic leader in Portland in the early 1900s. He served as President of the Rose Festival and Chairman of the Multnomah County Commission between 1920 and 1924. He was instrumental in the formation of the Arboretum and Washington Park.
• Each entry to the Arboretum has an Incense Cedar, a Dawn Redwood, and a Magnolia or Rhododendron.