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.
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- Session 1: Introduction to Dendrology and Tree Identification – August 3, 2013 – Fran Rundlett, Instructor at Georgia State University
- Session 2: Urban Tree Planting & Tree Selection – August 10, 2013 – Linc Weis, Operation Director of Programming with Trees Atlanta & Steve Sanchez, Principal Landscape Architect with HGOR
- Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning -August 17, 2013 – Art Morris, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts
- Session 4: People and Place of Georgia & Atlanta’s Urban Forest – August 24, 2013 – Alfie Vick, Associate Professor in College of Environment & Design at UGA & Brian Stone, Associate Professor at City & Regional Planning at Georgia Tech
- August 31, 2013 NO CLASS due to Labor Day weekend holiday
- Session 5: Invasive Species – September 7, 2013 – Brian Williams, Forest Restoration Coordinator with Trees Atlanta
- Session 6: Proper Planting and Project Leadership – September 14, 2013 – Susan Pierce Cunningham, NeighborWoods Coordinator with Trees Atlanta
- Session 7: Tree Health: Diagnostics, Disease, Insects, and Soil – September 21, 2013 – Chris Hastings, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and Owner & Operator of ArborMedics
Most of the three-hour sessions are conducted at the beautiful Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center in Reynoldstown. 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 2014. For more information, please contact Kate Baltzell. Thank you for expanding your knowledge of, and stewardship for, Atlanta’s trees!