Last updated 11/9/2020
COVID 19 UPDATE: A new training class will not be scheduled for the fall. At this time, Tree Stewards are not sponsoring public volunteer events, but we will share information on virtual continuing education opportunities on this page. Fortunately, beautiful trees can still be admired from windows and walks.
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 3:30-4:30pm Oak Decline Webinar
Please join Urban Forest Management on its second webinar on Oak Decline, featuring Jim McGlone, PhD, Urban Forest Conservationist from the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Oaks are long-lived trees but are not immune to stressors, especially in an urban environment. Heat stress, changes in water availability, commercial development, insects and fluctuating winter temperatures all have a negative effect on urban trees. These changes, along with other factors can contribute to a syndrome called oak decline. Learn the symptoms and what you can do about it.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpfu2sqDoqH9PJMRrCTih3leqZOurGMqj1
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
December 9, 2020 1:00-2:15pm ET Biocultural stewardship: Transforming our urban and community forestry practices
Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service
Frank Lake, USDA Forest Service
Heather McMillen, State of Hawi’i
Pauline Sato, Maloma Learning Center
Erika Svendsen, USDA Forest Service
Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship – an approach to working with communities recognizing that the stewardship of place is inseparable from the stewardship of people, and that cultural resources are as important as natural resources. A shift towards biocultural stewardship can help cultivate sustainability and well-being in communities undergoing rapid environmental, social, and climate changes. In this presentation, we explore the concept of biocultural stewardship and how it can be applied to different geographical contexts and culturally distinct communities, including urban settings. Dr. Heather McMillen of the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources will give background and context to the practice of biocultural stewardship and will discuss stewardship trainings based in a Native Hawaiian perspective (Hālau ʻŌhiʻa). Drs. Lindsay Campbell and Erika Svendsen of the USDA Forest Service will discuss how these trainings were adapted for New York City stewardship practitioners. Pauline Sato of the Mālama Learning Center will share their approach to integrating science, conservation, and culture with community. Dr. Frank K. Lake of the USDA Forest Service will reflect on his experiences studying wildland fire effects and management techniques using traditional ecological knowledge and methods of ethno-ecology.
Events are open to all unless otherwise noted — come out and volunteer with Tree Stewards or come to a public event to learn how to care for trees.
Every weekend and some Tuesdays area-wide: Save Trees and Native Habitat
Join Master Naturalists to remove invasive plants in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax County. Visit this link for details and locations. Contact the site leader if you plan to participate. Some hours change seasonally.
Select Saturdays, May-September: Arlington Courthouse Tree Table
Tree Stewards staff an information table at the Arlington Courthouse Farmer’s Market once each month in the summer. This project is a fun way to earn volunteer hours while helping to educate the public and expand your own knowledge. New graduates most welcome — we will schedule you with an experienced Tree Steward. 2021 table dates are not yet available. Contact Carol Weldon at email@example.com if you are intersted in getting involved.
Every Fall and Spring: Casey Trees in DC
Casey Trees plants thousands of trees across the District of Columbia with help from volunteers. Learn their technique and help reach DC’s goal of 40 percent tree canopy by 2032. Register early: Tree planting opportunities fill very quickly, often the same day they’re announced. Members (donors) get first dibs. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Click here to learn more and register.