Join the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, one of a dozen Tree Steward chapters across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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 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 Tree Steward Chapter in the State determines the number of hours, sets the standards for volunteer work, and decides the Tree Steward projects its volunteers will undertake. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards requires a minimum of 25 volunteer service hours annually of its members. 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 Volunteer Training Class Information

If you would like to advocate, educate, and participate in planting and protecting urban and rural trees in the Charlottesville area, become a Tree Steward volunteer. We will train you and match your skills and interests in trees with a wide range of activities to support urban and rural forests.

To become a Tree Steward, you will need to:

  • Complete a series of field activities and online classes in the autumn or otherwise meet our educational requirements.* Click here for a sample class CURRICULUM.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 25 service hours yearly. Learn how you can HELP our organization.
  • Submit $20 membership dues yearly.

*Most new members meet our educational requirement for membership by taking our fall training class. You may be exempt from taking the class if you have comparable training (e.g., you are a certified arborist or have a degree in tree-related sciences). If your schedule conflicts with the training class, we may be able to work with you to find other ways to satisfy those education requirements.

Class Registration

We will begin accepting registrations for the 2020 Fall Training Class on May 16, 2020.

Class dates: Field activities will take place every other Saturday morning, starting August 22 through November 14, 2020. Access to online classes will be available two weeks prior to the first field activity.

Location: Field activities will take place at various locations in the Charlottesville area and will be identified at the time of registration.

Tuition: $135  Includes textbooks, other materials and a Tree Steward carrying bag.

Contact us for details at: education3@cvilleareatreestewards.org.