The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society aims to educate the community about the Garry oak tree. We are currently working towards building interpretive signs in the oak grove at Smith Park for educating the public about this venerable old park. We are also informally working with Oak Harbor Public Schools for Garry oak planting events.

Essay Contest

garry-oak-essay-contestAs part of our 2016 Arbor Day celebration and in collaboration with the Whidbey News Times, the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society held a Garry oak essay contest. Participants were encouraged to write about their favorite Garry oak tree and why they would like to plant a tree. Each of the five winners received a ten year old Garry oak sapling that have all been planted on Whidbey Island. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their passion for the Garry oak, we loved reading your submissions!

Read Essay Contest Submissions

Working with Schools

Arbor Day Tree Planting at Crescent Harbor Elementary School 2016


Crescent Harbor Elementary essay contest winners from the third grade class of Debra Rusnak get ready to plant their new Garry oak tree.


Debra Rusnak and her class water their Garry oak sapling.


Putting their backs into in it!

Arbor Day oak tree planting at Hillcrest Elementary School 2015

Hillcrest Elementary GO planting April 2015- sm. group

Hillcrest Elementary GO planting April 2015-lg. group

The fifth grade class of Heather Fakkema- Hovde pose after planting their Garry oak seedling.