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

First time volunteering with Trees Atlanta? Please complete the registration form here.

Already have a volunteer account? If you had a previous Volgistics account or you have completed the registration form (above), you can request a unique link to view your personal volunteer information in our new system by completing the form below. An email will be sent to you with your personal site URL.  Use this URL to sign up for projects and view your volunteer history (including hours served).  You can also update your profile information via this site.  We recommend bookmarking your personal site URL for future use.

Saturday Projects

Perhaps the most popular volunteer activity is our weekly Saturday projects. Trees Atlanta has volunteer opportunities just about every Saturday year-round. This hands-on, “dig in the dirt” activity is a great way to meet new friends and get to know more about the community while also helping make it a better place to live.

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.

Weekday Projects

Trees Atlanta needs help during the week, too. We announce weekday opportunities in our weekly volunteer email (that you receive when you sign up to volunteer) and you can sign up through your volunteer account. Weekday opportunities include: helping lead a group project, assisting our education team, weeding at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, event preparation, and watering or mulching with the Urban Forestry Crew.  Some volunteer opportunities require a background check.  

Under the age of 18?

All ages are welcome to attend our tree and meadow plantings (typically October-March) and we recommend ages 12 and up for tree maintenance projects (typically April-September). Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

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.

Community Service Credit

“Community Service” credit is provided for individuals of all ages who are completing service hours for school, work, court, or a club. Community Service opportunities are available year-round. Community Service individuals assist with the regularly scheduled volunteer projects, which may include planting and maintaining trees and native grasses, forest restoration, or office work.

Court-Ordered Community Service

Court-ordered community service credit is available for these offenses: DUI, Speeding Tickets, Loitering, Reckless Driving, and other misdemeanors (at Trees Atlanta’s discretion).  Violent offenses including battery, assault or animal cruelty are not eligible for community service credit 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?

We welcome groups of all sizes to our Saturday volunteer projects.  During planting season (October-March) we look for groups of 5 to 100 people (all ages).  During maintenance season (April-September) we need groups of 5 to 20 people (ages 12 and up).  Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Please email Susan Pierce Cunningham if you are interested in scheduling your group to volunteer with us on a Saturday.

Are you a corporation interested in sponsoring a project?

The Trees Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Program provides an outstanding team-building opportunity for your organization, while also making our city a cleaner, greener, more inviting place to live and work.

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

Do you have expertise that you could share with Trees Atlanta?  We are looking for help in these areas: youth education, marketing/communications, photography, and special event planning.  Do you have another skill you think would be helpful for Trees Atlanta?  Tell us about it!

Learn to Prune Trees

Trees Atlanta needs help pruning our young trees to train them to grow tall and strong.  To prune with Trees Atlanta, volunteers must first take our Pruning 101 class.  We also offer Pruning 102 and 103, but only Pruning 101 is required to get started. 

Pruning classes are offered throughout the spring and summer – check our calendar to find upcoming classes.

Become a Volunteer Project Leader

Volunteer Project Leaders are Trees Atlanta’s experienced and trusted volunteers who lead and assist on projects throughout the year.  We always need more help leading projects and would love for you to become a leader!  To be a Volunteer Project Leader, first earn your green t-shirt and then let our Volunteer Coordinator know you’re interested.  The Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to prepare you for leading a project by helping you get the necessary experience and pairing you with other experienced leaders until you are ready to lead on your own.  Some duties of a Volunteer Project Leader are: arriving at project early to set up, leading the demonstration, coaching volunteers in how to correctly perform the day’s tasks, and ensuring that all planned tasks are completed.

Apply to Be a Certified Volunteer

Certified Volunteers are volunteers who are passionate about Trees Atlanta’s mission and are specifically trained to support and/or to lead programs on behalf of Trees Atlanta.

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 treehouse@treesatlanta.org if you are interested in applying to become a certified volunteer. 

Inclement Weather and Cancellation Policy for Programs and Events

Q: Are projects/events ever cancelled because of inclement weather?

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
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).