Love trees? Get certified through TreeKeepers!
TreeKeepers is an amazing opportunity for the serious tree enthusiast! The volunteer training and certification program features workshops, presentations, indoor and outdoor activities, and hands-on demonstrations. TreeKeepers graduates will be certified stewards of our urban forest, and eligible to help lead ongoing volunteer projects.
If you are a lover of trees and the environment, there are many ways to get involved with Trees Atlanta, but none more comprehensive than the TreeKeepers volunteer training and certification program.
The program consists of seven sessions that feature indoor and outdoor activities, presentations, and hands-on demonstrations. This program givens participants an in-depth exposure to every aspect of urban forest stewardship. The TreeKeepers program is taught by community tree professionals and members of the Trees Atlanta staff. Training is suited for all levels of botanical knowledge, and the workshops include instruction on Atlanta’s trees and urban forest, programs on tree planting and care, management of disease and invasive species, and project leadership through community outreach.
Most of the three-hour sessions are conducted at our new Trees Atlanta TreeHouse at Stove Works. Off-site sessions will be discussed in class.
Upon completion of the certification program, graduates will be provided opportunities to put their new knowledge into action. All TreeKeeper graduates receive a citizen’s field guide full of valuable resources and information, as well as an official TreeKeepers hat, a manual, and a native tree. Graduates also receive a signed certificate upon completion of 24 volunteer hours with tree projects through Trees Atlanta or a similar organization.
To assist with these hours, Trees Atlanta has regular planting, tree care, and forest restoration projects where TreeKeeper leadership is invaluable. TreeKeepers may also choose to work independently in their own community.
The next session of TreeKeepers will begin in the summer 2015. For more information, please contact Kate Baltzell. Thank you for expanding your knowledge of, and stewardship for, Atlanta’s trees!