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

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October Society Meeting

October 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Society Meetings Are Open to Everyone

Dropping in on our general meetings is a great way to get to know us, and to learn more about volunteering. Click or tap on the meeting graphic to see the date, time, and location of our next meeting.

The society is a welcoming group of community members, artists, scientists, educators, foresters, landowners, volunteers, techies – and that’s just scratching the surface of what our members bring to the table! You’re sure to find a spot where your unique interests and skills will shine while making the community and our planet a better place.

Our grass-roots community organization is making a significant difference for the Garry oak on Whidbey Island – you can be a part of it all!

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History of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society

In only a short time since it was founded, the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society has successfully planted and protected hundreds of Garry oaks while sharing in the joys of conservationism and education with our friends and community.

2015

  • 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.

2016

  • 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.

2017

  • 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.

2018

  • 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.

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

We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

We believe that Partnerships are key to achieving our mission and goals.

We are so grateful for our Supporters, they are the best!

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