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

We will begin accepting registrations for the Fall 2019 Training Class on June 3, 2019. If you have questions about the class, please send a message to or write to:

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

Fall 2019 Training Class
Dates: Tuesdays, September 3 to November 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m (Note: the first three classes begin at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville
Cost: $125, including all books and materials.

Classes are taught by certified arborists, foresters, tree and forestry experts, tree stewards, and others. The course consists of twelve 3-hour classes. For more details see Tentative Schedule of Fall 2019 Training Class.

*Most new members meet our educational requirements for membership by taking our 12-week training course. You may be exempt from taking the training class if you have comparable training (e.g., you are a certified arborist, you have a degree in tree-related sciences). If your schedule conflicts with the training class, we can help you find other tree steward educational opportunities to satisfy the requirements.