Tree Stewards are trained community volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban and rural forests in Virginia. Tree Stewards provide training classes, educational programs, and projects in their communities intended to increase public awareness of the value of trees while teaching about trees and tree care. With classroom training and hands-on practice, Tree Stewards are equipped to identify trees, counsel on tree selection, demonstrate proper tree planting and follow-up care, and guide removal of invasive plants that threaten trees.

Each person who becomes a Tree Steward makes a commitment to return a specific number of volunteer hours contributing to local Tree Steward projects. Each community determines the number of hours, sets the standards for volunteer work, and decides the Tree Steward projects its volunteers will undertake. Tree Steward volunteers are a positive force for change in their communities. All Tree Steward projects are tailored to meet the needs of their communities.  (Trees Virginia)

Tree Steward Training Class Information

The next 12-week Tree Steward Training Class will be held in Fall 2018, between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Registration will begin in June 2018. If you are interested in taking the Fall 2018 training class to become a certified tree steward, please check back here for information as it becomes available or send inquiries about this class or any of our educational programs to:

We also offer free Tree Basics classes and Tree Walks throughout the year. See
our Calendar for upcoming offerings on subjects such as pruning, tree selection,
planting and care, invasive plant identification and management, as well as our
Tree Walk series at locations throughout the Charlottesville area.

Highlights from 2017 class

Twenty-five people graduated from the fall 2017 class. Presenters included professionals from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Bartlett Tree Experts, Arboristry Associates, the Virginia Cooperative Extension as well as certified Tree Stewards and members of the local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener organizations.  Classes were held at the Ivy Creek Natural Area, with several outdoor sessions at Ivy Creek as well as a field trip to Montpelier’s Old Growth Forest.