Education is at the core of the Trees Atlanta mission.
With programs for volunteers, corporate and school groups, or anyone who wants to learn, we teach the best methods for planting and caring for trees, removing invasive species, and generally preserving our natural urban forest.
Each program stands alone, but all serve a common goal; giving members of our community the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully restore and maintain the precious natural resources that are essential to our quality of life. The many different programs offer opportunities for everyone to become involved in some manner.
Click the green bars to learn more about our Adult Education programs.
Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum & Tours
Free Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tours
Come take a walk on the Atlanta BeltLine with an expertly trained Trees Atlanta docent. Trees Atlanta leads a free tour of the Eastside Trail every Friday and Saturday* morning. The tour covers one mile (2 miles round trip) along one of the earliest-completed sections of the trail along a vibrant stretch of historical buildings, new developments, and horticultural diversity of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. Tours of the Westside Trail (currently under construction) and family-friendly tours are offered periodically. To sign up for an upcoming tour, please register at beltline.org.
When experienced on foot and at an accessible pace, you get an intimate perspective of history and progress of the Atlanta BeltLine. See and feel a direct connection to nature created by the arboretum. To learn more about the arboretum walking tour, click here.
*Tours begin rain or shine. Alternatively, groups may request a private tour on other days and times throughout the week. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Trees Atlanta offers focused topic walks, champion tree walks, bird walks and bike tours throughout the year. View our calendar of events to view upcoming programs, and sign up to receive emails announcing upcoming events. If you would like to suggest a focused topic walk to be added to our schedule, please email email@example.com with your suggestions.
Canopy Conversations are about informing concerned residents on the state of the canopy in the City of Atlanta and their own neighborhood. In a series of localized presentations in various neighborhoods, Trees Atlanta will be discussing canopy coverage, notable trees collections or specimens in their area (many enjoy being home to one or more Champion Trees), and offering resources and strategies for protecting and conserving the trees in their own neighborhoods.
Among our neighborhoods, canopy coverage ranges widely from a high of 83% in Butner-Tell to a low of 3% in Downtown. You might be surprised to find out where your neighborhood ranks. Trees Atlanta can schedule a community meeting with you to conduct a Canopy Conversation (info below). Meanwhile please explore the Tree Canopy data tool developed by Georgia Tech for Trees Atlanta, made possible by funding from the City of Atlanta and the Google Fund of Tides Foundation.
To request a Canopy Conversation for your neighborhood, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Scheduled neighborhood Canopy Conversations will be posted on our calendar of events along with all of our many youth and adult education programs, community events, and volunteer projects.
Champion Trees of Atlanta
Atlanta’s Champion Trees are of course just a small sampling of the hundreds of beautiful tree species found across the country. For more than 70 years, a national database has maintained records for over 750 Champion Trees across the country. The objective is to locate, document, and then protect the finest specimens so they can be appreciated and enjoyed, and also serve as reminders about the importance of such trees for a healthy environment.
Weekly tours and special interest tours are lead by volunteers who complete extensive training that includes courses on Trees Atlanta, history of the BeltLine and the surrounding neighborhoods, along with horticultural information on the trees, plants, and grasses of the Arboretum. Docents must complete training and commit to leading tours. Docents participate in regular group training and social events.
Registration is now open for 2018 Docent Training! Click here to register, or if you have questions, please email email@example.com
As in all arboreta, Atlanta’s Neighborhood Arboreta have attractive markers to identify the trees, but instead of simply following a well-marked path, visitors may rely on a brochure to locate and learn more about the arboretum trees. The Neighborhood Arboreta project was created to encourage community involvement with their urban forest. By bringing the arboretum to the neighborhood streets where residents walk, dine, exercise, and socialize, neighbors can actually live in a tree museum!
Trees Atlanta offers free training so that you can learn to prune trees properly. Throughout the year, but particularly in Spring and Summer, we offer Pruning 101, Pruning 102, and Pruning 103 classes. Attendance at Pruning 101 is required to participate in any Trees Atlanta pruning projects. Advanced classes are offered to volunteers and anyone who seeks to further their knowledge and skills for the care of urban trees. View our calendar of events to view upcoming programs, and sign up to receive our volunteer email to receive notices of upcoming classes and pruning projects.
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.
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 2018. This 7-week training program provides practical hands-on tree education. Topics include Atlanta’s Trees and Urban Forest, Tree Selection and Care, Tree Diseases and Invasive Plants and Proper Pruning Techniques. Completion of the program leads toward TreeKeeper certification. For more information and to register please click here.
Schedule (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
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Request a TreeSpeaker at your next event
Do you have an upcoming meeting or event where you’d like to host a presenter to learn more about Trees Atlanta? Complete this form to help Trees Atlanta fulfill your request. Please allow at least one month’s advance notice prior to the date of the event.
Apply to be a TreeSpeaker
Trees Atlanta seeks engaging public speakers to complete training to lead presentations in the community about Trees Atlanta. These volunteers are needed to present standard prepared presentations and accommodate requested speaking times that may range from 20 to 45 minutes in length. TreeSpeakers may be asked to answer questions from the audience. You do not require expertise in horticulture or tree sciences (but are very welcome); however, you should be an enthusiastic supporter of Trees Atlanta, our mission, and be familiar with our volunteer activities. Training is provided.
We are currently at capacity for the first group of TreeSpeakers. However, please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in being considered for future speaker training sessions. Please include your full name, email, phone number, address, and brief description of your experience with Trees Atlanta and presenting in front of audiences.