Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks

We offer several FREE classes during the year. We also offer FREE tree walks at various locations in the Charlottesville area as noted below. The walks are usually on trails, but long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended. Since space is limited as noted, registration is usually required.

The following topics are offered in summer of 2019:

Tree Basics Class: Trees and Wildlife

Wednesday, July 17, 2019   We regret this event was cancelled due to weather and a power outage at the Library.  See story here

6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave, Crozet

Are trees important for wildlife?  Yes, very.  Besides providing a wide variety of habitat, trees are central to a complex food web that includes hard (nuts) and soft (berries) mast, leaves, and insects.  All are essential for the survival of our diverse wildlife (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals).  Learn also about how vital native plants are to the survival of our native species. This talk by Tree Steward Kathy Nepote will increase your awareness of the importance of trees (both living and dead), the complex nature of plant and wildlife interactions, and also point out visible signs of wildlife in our environment. No advance registration is required for this free event.

Tree Basics Class: Restoring the American Chestnut

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville

Tom Wild of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards presents a fascinating look at the rise and decline of the American Chestnut. Once dominant in the Appalachian region and vital for wildlife and humans alike, in the early 1900s it was struck with a blight and the species is now considered functionally extinct in the wild. Over the years numerous groups have made efforts to restore the tree to the wild. We will review the current techniques and progress being made  No advance registration is required for this free event.

Tree Basics Class: Choose and Plant a Tree

Saturday, September 28, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.,  Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building,  1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville

Are you planning on coming to the CATS Tree Sale on October 12 at Tufton Farm Open House? Before you purchase, learn how to select a tree for your property that will have the best chance to survive and flourish in the place that you choose for it. Tree Stewards will discuss best practices for planting and show you how to care for your newly planted tree and your other landscape trees for the long term. The class includes a planting demonstration. Registration is required (click date link).

Tree Walk:  McIntire Park

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.,  Melbourne Road, Charlottesville

Tree Stewards Tom Wild and Donna Vinal will lead this walk on the trails at the site of the future McIntire Botanical Garden. What tree is that?  Learn how to identify trees using their leaves, bark, twigs, buds, seed casings, nuts, and many other features.  Recognize the dozens of native Virginia trees that can be seen in the forests of the area. Registration is required (click date link); attendance is limited to 25 people.

Directions: From Rt. 250, take John W. Warner Parkway north to the first signal light at Melbourne Road. Turn left on Melbourne and proceed about 100 yards. On the left is a sign for the Future Home of McIntire Botanical Garden. Take the driveway next to the sign through the gate and park on the grass area to the left, beyond the gate.

For information on the 12-week Tree Steward Training Class and volunteering, see Become a Tree Steward Volunteer.