PNA Tree Appreciation Series

April 18-29, 2022


Four months ago a group of women from the PNA Village went on a journey— a journey of discovery that began with reading and discussing the book, The Hidden Life of Trees. They discovered the intricate social life of trees along with the limitless contributions that trees make to humanity and the environment.

They now want to share this discovery with the neighborhood.

Join them from April 18th through April 29th to learn something new about the way trees interact with the world. There will be talks, tree walks, intergenerational art projects, a song circle—fun events for the whole family.

Explore and appreciate the importance of trees beyond their physical beauty. Learn why we should view trees as more than a commodity and appreciate the little puzzles and wonders they share with us.

Hopefully, by sampling this week’s activities, you will be inspired to delve deeper into the nature of trees and forests in your neighborhood and beyond, and maybe volunteer to work with organizations focused on understanding and preserving trees.

Trees are poems
The Earth writes
Upon the sky

~ Kahil Gibran

Events & Activities

For all of the events listed below, please RSVP to [email protected] or 206-789-1217

Intergenerational Art Installation Project

You are invited to participate in this intergenerational art project bringing together elders, children, and all community members to create a community tree at the Phinney Center. Using recycled materials, elders will first make paper leaves from recycled paper towels and paper bags. That paper will be cut into leaves and painted by children from the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op. Artist and PNPC teacher Wyly Astly will lead us in the construction of a large tree (with materials sourced from buy-nothing) located in the Community Room of the Phinney Center. Community members can come by and add a leaf throughout the week. Below are details for how to participate in this incredible project. For papermaking, please RSVP to [email protected] or 206-789-1217.

  • Paper Making, Monday, April 18, 1-3 pm, Greenwood Senior Center
  • Paper Making & Leaf Cutting, Wednesday, April 20, 1-3 pm, Greenwood Senior Center
  • Visit the Tree & Add a Leaf, April 22-29, PNA Blue Building Community Room
  • PNPC Story Circle, Friday, April 29,  12:00 noon, PNA Blue Building Community Room
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Healing Tree, a talk with Dr. Kathleen Wolf, 12-2PM, Online
Dr. Kathleen Wolf will teach us about the immense health benefits of trees. Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at the University of Washington, and a key collaborator with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station on urban forestry studies. Her research explores the human dimensions of urban ecosystems, and her professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns. RSVP to [email protected] or 206-789-1217
Join Discussion Online: Click Here
Join by Phone: (253) 215-8782; Meeting ID: 879 6969 7156; Passcode: 416826

Friday, April 22, 2022

Hidden Life of Trees Movie Showing & Discussion, 1-3 pm, Greenwood Senior Center
Based on the bestselling book, forester Peter Wohlleben shows us how trees communicate with each other and the world in this enlightening documentary. After the film, Village members who inspired these tree appreciation events will facilitate a discussion about the film. RSVP to [email protected] or 206-789-1217

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Eco-Summit on the Ridge, Greenwood Senior Center
CommunityWorks! and the PNA invite you to join for their first annual Eco-Summit on the Ridge. The purpose of this Summit is to bring neighbors together for interactive learning, creating a caring and action-based community around the climate crisis and environmental justice. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Finding the Mother Tree, TED Talk & Discussion, 1-2 PM, Online
Join us as we discuss Suzanne Simard’s TED Talk on how trees talk to each other. Please watch the 20-minute video before you join the discussion: Suzanne Simard How Trees Talk with Each Other. An additional video we recommend is the 1-hour documentary: Mother Trees and the Social Forest.
Join Discussion Online: Click Here
Join by Phone: (253) 215-8782; Meeting ID: 842 1938 0009; Passcode: 070339

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Seattle Tree Family Scavenger Hunt Begins!
A fun way to get the whole family engaged and interested in Seattle’s incredible native trees! Find 12 of the 16 tree discoveries listed on our scavenger hunt form to win one of our favorite tree books from the resource list below!

Submit our online form, drop off the print form at the Greenwood Senior Center or Phinney Center Blue Building, or email a photo of your completed form to [email protected].

Print the scavenger hunt form and drop off at the GSC or Phinney Center Blue Building.

Submit the online scavenger hunt form.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Song Circle, Alice Ball Park & Online, 2-3 PM
Led by local musicians and Village volunteers, Bruce Baker & Gary Paine. Join us as we circle round and sing some songs about the trees we love! Alice Ball Park is located right next to the Greenwood Library at 8102 Greenwood Ave N. You can also watch live online.
Watch Live Online: Click Here
Join by Phone: (253) 215-8782; Meeting ID: 872 7876 5032; Passcode: 520103

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Micro-nursery Talk with Jim Wright, 5:30 -6:30 PM, Phinney Center, Room 7
Learn about Grow It Forward, a group of Seattle gardeners and households dedicated to growing valuable native tree and shrub seedlings in their yards, and then give them to habitat restoration organizations to use to restore critical habitats. Hear from founder, Jim Wright, a former environmental engineer and biologist, who is organizing the community to set up a “micro-nursery” on their own property where they each grow 100 seedlings for eventual rewilding efforts. RSVP to [email protected] or 206-789-1217

Friday, April 29, 2022

Tree Walk & Talk with Arthur Lee Jacobson, 10 AM – 1:30 PM, Phinney Center, Upper Parking Lot Courtyard
Local author and plant expert, Arthur Lee Jacobson, will lead us on a neighborhood walk starting at the Phinney Center and heading south towards Woodland Park. The walk will be from 10 am- 12 pm, we’ll take a break from 12-1, and then return to the Phinney Center Courtyard at 1:00 for a brief discussion on native trees with Arthur. Join for the walk, or talk, or both! Click here to see Arthur’s article on Phinney Trees. After the talk, Arthur will head to Phinney Books for a book signing. RSVP to [email protected] or 206-789-1217



Suzanne Simard Mother Trees and the Social Environment

Suzanne Simard TED Talk, How Trees Talk with Each Other

Suzanne Simard Finding the Mother Tree: An Evening with Suzanne Simard

Dispatches from the Mother Tree Project-Suzanne Simard

The Hidden Life of Trees (Rent from YouTube for $3.99)

Dame Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees BBC Documentary



Seattle Tree Walks

Phinney Trees by Arthur Lee Jacobsen

Explore Trees Online

Trees for Seattle Volunteers

Ancient Forests of the Washington Cascades

Don’t Clearcut Seattle

Arbor Day Foundation

Trees of the Pacific Northwest

Trees of Washington’s Forest

Grow It Forward Restoration

Green Cities: Good Health (University of Washington)

Health Benefits of City Trees: Research Evidence & Economic Values

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group 

Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust

Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology



Titles in BOLD are recommended by the Village’s Tree Committee

Ages 2+

Trees by Lemniscates (ages 2-5)

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Brittany Teckentrup (ages 3-7)

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley (3-8)

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt and Donna Lukas (3-7)

Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter (4-7)

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry (4-7)

House Held up by Trees by Ted Kooser (4-8)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (4-8)

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Gartan Scanlon (4-8)



Peek Inside a Tree by Anna Milbourne (Preschool)

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. (Preschool)

The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward (Preschool)

There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora (Preschool)


Ages 5+

Who Will Plant a Tree by Jerry Pallotta (5-6)

Little Tree by Loren Long (5-8)

The Things That I Love About Trees by Chris’s Butterworth (5-8)

Zee Grows a Tree by Elizabeth Rusch (5-8)

The Lumberjack’s Beard by Duncan Beede (5-8)

Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (5- 9)

The Lorax by Dr Suess (5-9)

Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond (5-9)

 Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Trees by Jim. Arnosky (6-9)


Ages 7+

The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green (7-9)

Tree Beings Hardcover by Raymond Huber and Sandra Severgnini (7-12)



Trees: A Rooted History by Piotr Socha (9-12)

Wise Trees by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel (12+)

The Story of Trees: And How They Changed the World by Kevin Hobbs and David West (12+)



Titles in BOLD are recommended by the Village’s Tree Committee

A Natural History of North American Trees by Donal Culross Peattie

American Canopy by Eric Rutkow

American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree by Susan Freinkel

Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest by Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Casting Deep Shade by C.D. Wright

The Education of Little Tree by Asa Earl Carter

The Final Forest by William Dietrich

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard

The Forest Primeval by Chris Maser

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell

From the Redwood Forest by Joan Dunning

Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot by Peter Crane

The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature by Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Forest by Jon R. Luoma

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill

The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

The Night Life of Trees by Bhajju Shyuan, Durga Bai, Ran Singh

Northwest Trees, 2nd Edition, Identifying and Understanding the Region’s Native Trees by Stephen Arno.

Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan

The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers

Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore

The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge

Seeing Trees by Nancy Ross Hugo and Robert Llewellyn

Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees By Nancy Ross Hugo

Sibley’s Guide to Trees by David Allen Sibley

The Songs of Trees: Stories of Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell

Teaching the Trees by Joan Maloof

The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge

Trees of Seattle 2nd ed. by Arthur Lee Jacobson

Trees, Between Earth and Heaven by Art Wolfe

Trees Up Close by Nancy Ross Hugo and Robert Llewellyn

Wild Plants of Greater Seattle 2nd ed. by Arthur Lee Jacobson

The Wild Trees: A story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston