2018-19 Training Course Is Full

Enrollment for the 2018-19 training course for Tree Steward volunteers is full. Additional applicants will be added to a wait list and notified if any vacancy occurs.


Please consider enrolling in the 2019-20 training sessions.

What do Tree Stewards do?
Tree Stewards
Increase public awareness of intrinsic value and beauty of trees
Help in caring for the urban forest and work to increase canopy cover
Educate residents about urban forestry and the care of trees
Involve the community as volunteers in caring for trees

How do I become a Tree Steward?
Take the Tree Stewards Training Class
Volunteer for 30 hours on approved projects—many are available throughout the year

To remain a Tree Steward in good standing, each year you must:
Complete 20 volunteer hours
Complete 8 hours of continuing education (opportunities provided by TSAA and others)
Pay $20 dues

About the Training Class

Training is divided into Four Modules:
Fall (beginning October 2) covers introductory material, Fall Tree ID, Soils, and Planting
Winter (beginning January 12) covers Winter Tree ID and Pruning
Early Spring (beginning March 19) covers Spring Tree ID, and Native vs Non-native Invasive Plants and Vines
Late Spring (beginning April 16) covers Right Tree/Right Place, Pests and Diseases, and Care of Mature Trees

Each module includes two to four mandatory classes. No more than two classes can be missed throughout the training, and any missed classes must be made up either by attending the class during the next round of training or finding a suitable replacement with the training coordinator.

Trainees must also attend one field session each module—in most cases, two sessions are scheduled for each topic, and trainees must attend one but could opt to attend both.

See the Training Syllabus for details on dates, locations, and learning objectives.

What does the Training Class cost?

The $120 fee pays for all course materials and facility expenses. If you need a scholarship to attend, tell us what you will be able to pay and what your plans are for volunteer work. No one willing to volunteer is turned away for lack of funds.

How do I apply?

You can apply online by completing our Application Form

Once you are accepted, you will receive an email instructing you how to pay the fee via Paypal or by sending a check to our Treasurer.

I still have questions—how do I contact you?

Email us at info@treestewards.org We will get back with answers to your questions as soon as possible.

About TreeStewards

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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