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 TreesVirginia.org 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. https://treesvirginia.org/images/pdfs/2020TreeStewardManualver03.pdf