Heritage Tree Bike Ride, Arbor Week Festival & 2nd Annual Poetry Contest

Posted Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:54pm

The City of Lake Oswego is excited to announce a variety of community forestry events ‐ including a bike ride and a tree‐themed poetry contest for Lake Oswego students! While many of these events take place during Oregon Arbor Week, the first full week in April, Lake Oswego celebrates trees throughout the year thanks to the City’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

To kick off Arbor Week, on Sunday, April 3, the City is hosting a Heritage Tree Bike Ride and Arbor Week Festival. The bike ride departs from Lower Millennium Plaza Park on State Street at 11 a.m. sharp and visits some of the city's oldest, grandest trees along the 14‐mile route. Please call 503-635-0290 to register for the bike ride and print a waiver form from the City’s website to sign and bring with you for each rider. Following the bike ride, enjoy the Arbor Week Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park with live music, tree climbing demonstrations, crafts for kids, free refreshments, and loads of prizes! At the Festival, arborists 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 and members of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Click for details and a complete list of Arbor Week and Community Forestry events.

The City's Second Annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest ‐ which celebrates Oregon Arbor Week, National Arbor Day and National Poetry Month ‐ is open to 1st through 12th grade Lake Oswego students. Poems will be judged by professional poets and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third prize winners in each division. Winning poems will be published in the Lake Oswego Review and on the City’s website, and printed copies will be available at the Lake Oswego Library Poetry Post.

Entries must be submitted on or before National Arbor Day, Friday, April 29.

For poetry contest details and more information on Arbor Week or Urban and Community Forestry events, visit www.lakeoswego.city or contact 503‐635‐0290.

The City’s Urban and Community Forestry Program promotes education, dialogue, and voluntary stewardship to protect the health and viability of the urban forest.