Upcoming Events

Last updated 3/23/2021

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.

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March 2021

March 25 at 1:00 PM ET Raising Trees Webinar Series: Climate Change: Impacts on Soil and Tree Management and Strategies for the Future” by Dr. Rebecca Abney, Assistant Professor with University of Georgia.  Please note, while the webinar is FREE, there is a $10 fee for CEUs (ISA, SAF and Certificates of Attendance). 

Rapidly changing global climates are providing challenges to natural resource managers across the globe. Some of these changes include increases in record hot and cold temperatures, frequency and intensity of wind and ice loads, changing wildfire regimes, and changes to soil functioning. This talk will discuss some of the challenges we expect with future soil and tree management related to shifting climate and natural disaster patterns. Adopting adaptive strategies for protecting tree and soil health is an important strategy for long-term site management.

Rebecca Abney graduated from St. Andrews in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Physical Geography. She decided to pursue further education with the University of California, Merced to get her PhD in Environmental Systems. Since then, she has pursued an academic path as a postdoctoral researcher in Indiana and now works as an Assistant Professor of Forest and Disturbed Soils at the University of Georgia.

Registration Link: (FREE) https://auburn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7jwHGDfsSUuUZgCGuSkVCA

April 2021

Urban Forest Connections Webinars Series April 14, 2021 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

Trees, Woodlands, Lawns and Right-of-Ways: Best Practices for Biodiversity
Many species of birds, bees, and other pollinators face a precarious future in our urbanizing landscapes. Biodiversity is threatened at local to regional scales by habitat degradation. But there is some hopeful news: homeowners, individuals, organizations, and corporations that influence perceptions and decisions around land management from the neighborhood, municipal, or larger levels can change the current trajectory of biodiversity loss in residential ecosystems! At this special event, Dr. Susannah Lerman of the USDA Forest Service will share easy and no-cost actions that can result in more functional habitats around us. Dr. Vince D’Amico from the USDA Forest Service will introduce current findings on the biodiversity dynamics of local woodlands, and best practices in care and stewardship that can improve ecological processes and reduce risk of tick-borne illnesses. And, Randy Miller from CN Utility Consulting will share industry best practices in Integrated Vegetation Management designed to protect biodiversity along utility rights-of-way (electric, pipeline, roadway and railway).

May 2021

Urban Forest Connections Webinars Series May 12, 2021 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

Ongoing Activities

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 cweldon2@verizon.net 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.