Let’s Dig In!
If you’re passionate about trees and conservation, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity waiting for you. We offer a wide range of events that are fun and rewarding. Join us now, and help build and protect our urban canopy!
Volunteer with Trees Atlanta as an Individual
On Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon, we meet our volunteers in a different neighborhood in Atlanta for tree planting, tree care, or forest restoration projects (depending on the time of year). It’s fun! It’s free! It’s a great way to meet new friends and get to know Atlanta. Sign up to volunteer with us today!
You can also learn more about how our NeighborWoods program can bring 30-70 trees to your neighborhood.
Under the age of 18?
16 and 17 year-old volunteers who attend on their own must have a parent or guardian sign our liability waiver on their behalf and bring it with them to the project.
Apply for Community Service Credit
Court ordered community service offenses that are allowed are: DUI, Speeding Tickets, Loitering, Reckless Driving, and other misdemeanors (at Trees Atlanta’s discretion). Theft offenses such as shoplifting, felony offenses, and violent offenses including battery, assault or animal cruelty are not eligible for community service with Trees Atlanta. All individuals who have been court ordered to perform community service MUST get pre-approved by filling out a Community Service Request Form (below). If you do not get pre-approved before volunteering, you will not be able to count your service hours towards your court-mandated hours.
Volunteer with Trees Atlanta as a Group
Are you a civic, school, or youth group interested in volunteering with Trees Atlanta?
Are you a corporation interested in sponsoring a project?
The program offers a nice change of pace from an ordinary work day, and gives volunteers a sense of accomplishment as teams plant trees, mulch and prune parks, and much more. Trees Atlanta Corporate Volunteer projects are also a great way to reduce carbon footprinting and give back to the Atlanta community.
If you would like to participate in either our Corporate Sponsor or Corporate Volunteer Programs, please email Susan Pierce Cunningham.
Want to be more involved as a Trees Atlanta Volunteer?
Volunteer a Skill
Learn to Prune Trees
Pruning classes are offered throughout the spring and summer – check our calendar to find upcoming classes.
Become a Volunteer Project Leader
- Volunteer Forest Restoration Leader
- Volunteer Tree Planting Leader
- Volunteer Tree Maintenance Leader
- Volunteer Tree Pruning Leader
Basic Volunteer Project Leader Requirements (to be completed by project leaders of all specialties):
– Be eligible to be covered by Trees Atlanta’s truck insurance policy
– Attend at least 6 volunteer projects
– Attend the TreeKeepers session on project leadership
– Attend a 3 to 4 hour training on how to use Trees Atlanta’s equipment such as water pumps, drive trailers, and learn where to find supplies (led by an Urban Forestry Crew member)
– Lead a project in your desired specialty with a staff member at least twice
– Receive final approval from Trees Atlanta staff
In addition to these 6 requirements, candidates are required to attend one additional training session specific to their type of certification. There are no additional requirements for Volunteer Tree Maintenance Leader. Additional Requirements for Volunteer Projects Leader Specialties:
– Volunteer Forest Restoration Leader – attend TreeKeeper Session on Invasive Plants
– Volunteer Tree Planting Leader – attend TreeKeeper session on Tree ID and selection
– Volunteer Tree Pruning Leader – attend Pruning 101 – 103
All of these requirements must be completed within one year of beginning the training program. We expect Volunteer Project Leaders to lead at least 4 projects a year, which is a time commitment of 24 to 64 hours per year, depending on the project leader specialties.
Apply to Be a Certified Volunteer
Docents for the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour are volunteers who are passionate and specially trained to guide tours or lead projects within the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. They introduce visitors to all facets of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, including the origins, beauty, and importance of native plants, as well as cultural and historical collections unique to the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. Docents interact directly with the general public about the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.
The TreeKeepers program is designed to educate volunteers by giving them a deeper, in-depth understanding of tree preservation. Participants receive specialized training and certification through classes, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations. Graduates of TreeKeepers are then able to lead projects for Trees Atlanta or in their own communities.
Trees Atlanta seeks engaging TreeSpeakers 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.
Volunteers with a strong interest in environmental education for youth can be certified to lead Youth Education programs. Certified Volunteers for Youth Education positively engage students in discovering the value and importance of the urban forest through sensory experiences, outdoor exploration, and art. Volunteers are trained to lead specific youth programs or any across the board which include: Urban TreeTrackers (in school program), Junior TreeKeeper Camp, TreeHouse Fieldtrips, Homeschool Programs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Badge Program, and Thirsty Roots Reading Group. In addition, volunteers can collaborate with Trees Atlanta Youth Education Coordinators for scheduling, office support, hands on training, and developing new ideas.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying to become a certified volunteer.
A: It is the policy of Trees Atlanta to try to remain open during most periods of inclement weather; however, where extraordinary circumstances warrant, due to weather or other unforeseen business interruptions, the company reserves the right to close the facility and may reschedule or cancel scheduled events on-site or off-site. If a scheduled event must be rescheduled or cancelled, Trees Atlanta will make every effort to notify registered guests by email, social media updates, and other means, in a timely manner. Please check your email and the media listed below should a closure, reschedule, or cancellation be possible. We regret any inconvenience to our supporters, volunteers, and guests; however, your safety and care are our utmost priority. Please review your event registration information for further details if payment, limited registration, or other requirements were specified. Where to go for more information: • Recorded Announcements and Updates: 404-522-4097 and select Option 8
Inclement Weather and Cancellation Policy for Programs and Events
Q: Are projects/events ever cancelled because of inclement weather?
• Events with registration: check your email for updates (please check your spam/junk folder as some bulk emails can be redirected from your inbox)
• Trees Atlanta Social Media: visit our latest post on social media for last minute updates (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
A: It is the policy of Trees Atlanta to try to remain open during most periods of inclement weather; however, where extraordinary circumstances warrant, due to weather or other unforeseen business interruptions, the company reserves the right to close the facility and may reschedule or cancel scheduled events on-site or off-site. If a scheduled event must be rescheduled or cancelled, Trees Atlanta will make every effort to notify registered guests by email, social media updates, and other means, in a timely manner.
Please check your email and the media listed below should a closure, reschedule, or cancellation be possible. We regret any inconvenience to our supporters, volunteers, and guests; however, your safety and care are our utmost priority. Please review your event registration information for further details if payment, limited registration, or other requirements were specified. Where to go for more information:
• Recorded Announcements and Updates: 404-522-4097 and select Option 8