Oaks for Today and the Future

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

Our next meeting is scheduled for August 13th at 6:30PM.

Location: Oak Harbor Fire Dept. meeting room, 855 E. Whidbey Ave. Oak Harbor, WA 

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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History of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society

In only two short years the society has successfully planted and protected hundreds of Garry oaks while sharing in the joys of conservationism with our friends and community. 


  • 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.
  • August – The society becomes an official 501(c)3 nonprofit.
  • October – 32 Garry oak trees planted creating 12.5 acres of habitat along Regatta Dr.
  • November – 17 Garry oaks planted at Navy Lodge, King 5 feature story.
  • December – The society begins work cleaning up the Post Office Native Plant Garden.


  • January  – Society formally adopts the Oak Harbor Post Office Native Plant Garden.
  • February  – Clearing, mulching, and planting in the Native Garden makes great progress.
  • April  – Members conduct Garry oak walking tour in celebration of native plant week.
  • June  – Society provides protection for transplanted oaks at Oak Harbor Marina.
  • July  – Oak Harbor City Council encouraged to enhance and clarify oak protection code.
  • September – The society conducts community outreach at the Oak Harbor Music Festival. 
  • October – Garry oak mapping begins using city tree inventory data.
  • November – Elementary school kids enjoy learning about Garry oaks in Smith Park.
  • December – New park signs unveiled in Smith Park and at the Native Plant Garden.


  • January  – Island Thrift generously provides a grant to the society for our Legacy Oak Project.
  • February  – Society members present on Garry oaks at Sound Water Stewards University. 
  • March  – Broadview Elementary students enjoy after school oak enrichment education.
  • April – Society restores many native plants to Smith Park’s Garry oak understory.  
  • May – First Garry oaks planted along the lowland trail at Freund Marsh Park.
  • June – Society continues to build on our partnership with the US Navy in Oak Harbor.
  • July – Whidbey TV video crew films upcoming short about Garry oaks and the Society.
  • August-Society wins first legislative victory with the unanimous City Council vote to enhance Tree Protection Code.


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.”

-PA Trees.org