Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards normally offer several free classes and tree ID walks during the year.  The walks have been offered at public places and historic sites such as the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont, Darden Towe Park, Pen Park, and the Downtown Parks.

This program was inactive from March to late October 2020 as we observed all the precautions needed to protect groups against the coronavirus outbreak.  It was then reimagined as virtual offerings until groups could gather again.   Starting in Fall 2021, we offered several live tree walks and continued with the virtual presentations for classes.  Upcoming classes and walks with registration links are listed below.  The classes already presented in 2022  are listed below with links to the slide presentations.  Information on the classes and walks will be posted here on our website, or you can ask to be on our mailing list by completing this form.

2022

Tree Basics Classes:  Fall 2022
  • Identify and Control Non-Native Invasive Plants in Fall/Winter  

    Tree Steward Tim Maywalt will present this two-part class by Zoom and will lead a walk in Pen Park to identify invasives. Managing the invasive plants that are overtaking our green spaces is a challenge.  But any of us can do it with the knowledge to identify and treat them. This class will show you how to identify about 30 common invasive plants in the Virginia Piedmont and illustrate a wide range of options for treating them. We will cover:

    • Identifying invasive plants
    • Which invasives you can best treat now and when to treat them if fall and winter are not the best time
    • Using manual & mechanical control methods
    • Methods for controlling invasives with herbicides
    • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using it properly
    • Forest safety, equipment and herbicide safety, and personal protective equipment
    • Reference documents for more detailed identification and treatment information

    Sources for equipment, supplies and professional help from State Foresters and Conservationists and commercial vendors

  •    Part 1: Introduction and Identification (Zoom), Tuesday evening,  December 6, 2022, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  See slides from presentation here.
  •    Part 2: Control Methods (Zoom), Thursday evening, December 8, 2022, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.   See slides from presentation here.
  •    Associated Walk, Saturday morning, December 10, 2022, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Pen Park.   Register here.
  • Select, Plant, and Care for Trees  (Zoom), Tuesday evening, September 20, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Perfect timing before our October 1st tree sale to 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 Steward Tim Maywalt will discuss best practices for planting and show you how to care for your newly planted tree.   See slides from presentation here
  • Tree Identification by  Season: Fall (Zoom),  Tuesday evening, October 25, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  As we approach the Trick or Treat season, join Tree Steward Emily Ferguson for a tour of our fall color palette treat spanning from green through red.  Find out if autumn color helps with tree ID in the central Virginia forest communities.  Participants will discover tips and tricks to help identify common native trees.  See slides from presentation here
Tree Basics Classes:  Spring/Summer 2022
  • Pruning landscape trees (Zoom), Tuesday evening, January 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.   See slides from presentation here.
  • Tree Identification by Season:  Winter (Zoom), Tuesday evening, February 22, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  See slides from presentation here.
  • Select, Plant, and Care for Trees (Zoom), Tuesday evening, March 29, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  See slides  from presentation here.
  • Identify and Control Non-Native Invasive Plants in Spring/Summer  (Zoom)
    •  Part 1  Introduction and Identification, Tuesday evening, April 12, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  See slides from presentation here.
    •  Part 2  Control Methods, Thursday evening, April 14, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.   See slides from presentation here.
  •  Tree Identification by Season: Spring (Zoom),  Tuesday evening, April 19, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  See slides from presentation here.
  •  Tree Identification by Season: Summer (Zoom), Tuesday evening, June 7,  7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  See slides from presentation here.
  • The Social Life of Trees  (Zoom), Tuesday evening, June 14, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.   See slides from presentation here.
Tree ID walks   

We expect to offer some Tree ID walks early in 2023.

Mailing List

Stay tuned to this site for the addition of new opportunities to learn more about the trees around us.  If you would like to be on our mailing list to know when other registrations open, click here or come back to this page on our website for updates.

Learn to Identify Common Native Trees of Virginia

To help those who want an introduction to tree identification, we have developed a beginner’s guide to 20 native trees found in the Charlottesville area.  We also recommend Common Native Trees of Virginia published by the Virginia Department of Forestry.  It is available as a PDF file here, or you can purchase a printed copy for $5.00 at the Virginia Dept. of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville.   This well-illustrated book describes 77 of the most common native tree species found in Virginia’s forests.  As an introductory guide for tree identification, it provides full-page descriptions of each tree as well as a useful key to various features that can help you when you encounter an unknown tree.

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