Oaks for Today and the Future

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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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.
  • 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 becomes an official 501(c)3 nonprofit.


  • 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.
  • December – Three Garry oaks planted in Smith Park, new park signs unveiled.


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