Come Under the Oaks With Us

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society is committed to the stewardship of Garry Oak Trees in Oak Harbor through outreach, education, and preservation.

We are currently seeking new, enthusiastic members! Becoming a member is easy, just follow the link below to sign up on our website. As a member, you will join a grass-roots community organization that is making a significant difference for the Garry oak on Whidbey Island.

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A Short History of the Society

While we’re less than two years old, we’ve already completed impressive projects, developed long-term partnerships, expanded our membership, and shared in the joys of conservation. 


  • April  – Society founded, first oaks planted.
  • July – Outreach begins to protect existing oaks. 
  • September – Hundreds of acorns planted at fall planting party.
  • November  – Society members help plant Oak Harbor Centennial Grove.


  • April  – Oak essay contest with Whidbey News Times, winners receive Garry oak trees.
  • May – Partnership with Navy to care for last remaining oak savannah on Whidbey Island.
  • October – 32 Garry oak trees planted creating 12.5 acres of habitat along Regatta Dr.
  • November – 15 Garry oaks planted at Navy Lodge, King 5 feature story.
  • December – The society becomes an official 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Smith Park in the summertime, 2015 photo credit L. Renninger

Smith Park, Oak Harbor’s historic park in use since at least 1894, contains many Garry oak trees.

“The presence of public trees is no guarantee that they will endure.”