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 taking the Tree Steward training 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)

Training Class Information

The Fall 2017 Tree Steward Training Class is now in session, and registration is closed.  If you are interested in taking the 2018 training class to become a certified tree steward, please check back here for information as it becomes available.

We also offer free Tree Basics classes and Tree Walks throughout the year.

If you have questions about any of our educational programs, please send a message to:

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
Education Committee
P. O. Box 4211
Charlottesville, VA 22905

Highlights from 2016 class

Twenty-seven people registered for the fall 2016 class which ran from early September to Thanksgiving.  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.