Tree Hunt

**WEATHER UPDATE** The Metolius Preserve Tree Hunt has been canceled this year due to current snow levels. Learn more.

It’s Tree Hunt time! Join the Land Trust for this fun, festive annual event! Cut your own free-range holiday tree while helping restore the forests of the Land Trust’s Metolius Preserve. Enjoy hot drinks, wreath making, and merriment!

The Tree Hunt will be held at the Land Trust's Metolius Preserve North Trailhead weather and pandemic permitting. Please check our website for weather updates as we get closer to the hunt.

Important details:

  • We will be cutting grand fir trees. Learn more about these trees and how to identify them.
  • Trees are free-range and not sculpted to be the perfect Christmas tree. But they are beautiful and available in lots of sizes.
  • Trees are scattered throughout the forests of the Metolius Preserve so you will have to hunt for them!
  • Bring your own hand saw (no chainsaws please), gloves, and rope.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash only.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Please wear closed toe shoes. You will be walking off-trail on uneven ground to find your tree.
  • Parking is limited at the Metolius Preserve North Trailhead. Expect to park further away and walk to the Tree Hunt. Our volunteers will help you with parking!
  • We'll provide hot drinks and encourage you to bring reusable mugs.
  • Face masks: Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, face masks are no longer required indoors or outside. Individuals who wish to wear a face mask may do so.
  • Do not attend if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for helping us continue to keep our community safe!

There is a suggested $20 donation.
On the day of the Tree Hunt, cash or checks will be the only accepted donation type. You can also make your suggested donation online.

Thank you for helping us make the 2022 Tree Hunt safe and fun for everyone!

The Fine Print: The Tree Hunt has been held since 2004 and we’re pleased to report that you are doing a fabulous job restoring our forest! However, it also means that trees ripe for cutting are getting further afield. Please be prepared to hunt accordingly.

Driving directions to the Metolius Preserve North Trailhead. Know exactly where you are during the Tree Hunt by downloading a georeferenced map for use in mapping apps like Avenza.