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 Tree Steward Training Class will be held in Fall 2018. Classes are taught by certified arborists, foresters, tree and forestry experts, tree stewards, and others. The course will consist of twelve 3-hour classes. See 2018 Training Class Schedule.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 4 to November 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m (Note: the first two 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.


Registration opens June 1, 2018 and closes August 29, 2018 or until the class is full. We will accept up to 32 students on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions about the class, please send a message to:


After you have completed the registration form, you may complete registration with one of two payment methods: the “Buy Now” button below for PayPal credit card purchases or send checks to:

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

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