Become A Tree Steward

   Become a Tree Steward

Applications for the 2023 Richmond Tree Steward Training Course are now CLOSED.  We hope you will consider applying next summer.  In the meantime, see information about becoming a Tree Steward and our expectations for volunteers below. 

  • Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 Tuesday evenings starting on September 12 and ending on November 14th.
  • Applications are closed.  We’ll notify successful applicants by August 22.  The $150 cost for the course must be paid before the first class.
  • You should receive a response to your application from [email protected].

2023 Tree Steward Training Course Schedule




Introduction to Tree Stewards 


Tree Biology, Physiology, and Environmental Factors


Tree ID: Characteristics and Subtle Clues


Pruning Concepts and Theory


Right Tree, Right Place


Pruning Practice, Tools, and Safety



Planting, Tools and Safety

Mandatory Pruning Lab (I or II)


Invasive Species/Trees and the Watershed


Mandatory Pruning Lab (III or IV)


Trees and People in the Community


Class Review and Finale

Requirements for Becoming a Tree Steward

  • Complete the course, making up any classes you miss.
  • Over the next year, complete 20 volunteer hours working along with experienced stewards; ten of these hours must be supervised pruning.  Think of this as on-the-job training.
  • Complete a pruning and tree knowledge exam which is given at a tree.
  • To maintain certification, we require at least 15 volunteer hours each year. Five or more of the 15 hours must be Tree Steward continuing education.

2023 Tree Steward Training Classes

  • Classes will meet on the same night every week except for the weekend pruning lab. Evening classes start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the “small sanctuary” of Westover Baptist Church, 1000 Westover Hills Blvd., Richmond, VA 23225.
  • Classes will include tree biology, identification, selection, planting and pruning, as well as invasive plants, volunteer safety, tools, and more.
  • You can learn more about Tree Stewards at under Community Outreach. You will also see the 2020 Tree Steward Manual, which is loaded with useful information in a modern magazine format. One note: It is a large PDF file and takes a while to download.


Have questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Learn more here: Why Become a Tree Steward?