Learn more about classes and tree walks offered by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and related topics below.

Tree Steward Training Class
Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks
Tree Steward Monthly Membership Meeting

Related Topics

Requirements to Become a Tree Steward
Training Class Presentations and Handouts
Train-the-Trainer Handouts

1. Tree Steward Training Class

We are no longer accepting registrations for the Fall 2018 Training Class, but if you would like to be placed on a waiting list or if you have questions about the class, please send a message to  edcomm@cvilleareatreestewards.org or write to:

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

Fall 2018 Training Class
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.

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 2018 Training Class Schedule.

*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.


2. Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks   

We offer several FREE classes during the year.  They are held at Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Building, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville unless otherwise noted. We also offer FREE tree walks at various locations in the Charlottesville area. Locations are noted below. The walks are usually on trails, but it is a good idea to wear long pants and sturdy footwear.  Since space on the tree walks is limited as noted, registration is required. Please click on the date link for a specific class or walk listed below to register.

The following topics are offered in Fall 2018:

September 11, 2018 Tuesday 5:30 to about 7:00 p.m.

Court Square, Charlottesville

Tree Walk: Downtown Parks

Directions: Meet in front of the Albemarle County Court House at Court Square, 501 E Jefferson St., Charlottesville. The walk will conclude by the Library, 201 E. Market Street.

Join Tree Stewards for a 90-minute walk through the downtown parks near Charlottesville’s Historic Court Square. Learn about the challenges of urban and street trees and view up close twenty to twenty-five native and non-native species, including Notable and Landmark trees, that define our public space. We will use leaves, bark and history to appreciate the variety of this green living structure in our Downtown.  We will be walking in the parks and along city streets.  The walk will conclude by the Library, 201 E. Market Street. Limit 12 people. (This walk is now full; check back again for our next Downtown Parks walk).

September 21, 2018 Friday 9:00 to 10:30 am

Highland

Tree Walk: Living History at James Monroe’s Highland in Fall

Directions: From Charlottesville take 64 East. Take exit 121A on to Rt. 53. In 3.2 miles, take a slight right turn on to James Monroe Parkway. In 0.8 miles, turn right on to Ashlawn-Highland Drive.

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have been offering free 90-minute walks at James Monroe’s historic Highland property in each season. Join us for this fall walk to see Highland’s open spaces with vistas of mature ash, black walnut, maples, oaks, and other native trees. You will see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroe’s time. Learn how to identify trees in the fall using leaves, bark, twigs, form, and many other features. Discover how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation.  This walk is primarily on paved walks near the buildings but there are some grassy slopes.  Limit 25 people. Registration required. (This walk is now full, but check back again for future seasonal walks at Highland).
September 24, 2018 Monday 10:00 a.m. to noon

Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building

Tree Basics Class: Selection, Planting, and Care of Trees 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, along with best practices for planting, and how to care for your newly planted tree and your other landscape trees for the long term. Includes a planting demonstration. Registration required.
October 5, 2018 Friday (CATS members) 10:30 a.m. to noon

October 6, 2018 Saturday (for public) 10:30 a.m. to noon

Future Home of McIntire Botanical Garden

Tree Walk: Fall Tree Identification Walk at Future Home of McIntire Botanical Garden
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.
What tree is that? Learn how to identify trees using their leaves, bark, twigs, buds, seed casings, nuts and many other tree features to recognize the dozens of native Virginia trees that can be seen in the forests of the area. This will be a walk on the trails at the Future Home of McIntire Botanical Garden.  The trails have been mowed but there may be some exposed roots and rocks; the terrain in some places is gently sloping.  Limit 25 people. Registration required (click appropriate date).
December 7, 2018 Friday

(open to all: public, CATS class and members)

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Highland

Tree Walk: Living History at James Monroe’s Highland in the Winter

Directions: From Charlottesville take 64 East. Take exit 121A on to Rt. 53. In 3.2 miles, take a slight right turn on to James Monroe Parkway. In 0.8 miles, turn right on to Ashlawn-Highland Drive.

Tree Stewards have been leading walks at James Monroe’s historic property in each season. Highland’s open spaces afford vistas of mature ash, black walnut, maples, oaks, and other native trees. You will see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroe’s time. Learn how to identify trees in the winter using bark, twigs, form, and many other features. Discover how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. This walk is primarily on paved walks near the buildings but there are some grassy slopes.  Attendance is limited to 25 people. The event is free, but registration is required.

3. Membership Meetings

Members may earn volunteer hours by attending our Tree Steward Membership Meetings, usually held every third Monday of the month at 9 a.m. at Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville. At each membership meeting, we host a continuing education speaker. Continuing education includes a variety of tree-related topics.

January 22, 2018, 9:30 am Ongoing Charlottesville parks projects Chris Gensic, Charlottesville Parks and Trails Planner
February 19, 2018, 9:30 am The Role of Trees in Stormwater Management John Scrivani
March 22, 2018, 2-4 pm* Special Event and location Virginia Festival of the Book, Beyond the Sidewalk: Trees and Nature

Location: Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Dr, Charlottesville

Jill Jonnes and Florence Williams
April 16, 2018, 10:15 am Charlottesville Public Gardens/Landscapes John Mann, Charlottesville Landscape Manager
May 21, 2018, 9:30 am A Conversation About Trees Noel Richardson, Spring Hill Nursery
June 18, 2018, 9:30 am Using Technology to Assess and Inventory Trees Mike Van Yahres and Jeremy Robinson, Van Yahres Tree Company
September 17, 2018, 9:30 am Work of Chesapeake Bay Foundation Robert Jennings, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
October 15, 2018, 9:30 am Outing to Ducky Oaks Farm Helen Ida Moyer, host
November 19, 2018, 9:30 am Flight 93 Memorial Warren Byrd, Landscape Architect
The following topics were offered in 2017:
January 16, 9 a.m. Blandy Experimental Farm Steven B. Carroll Director of Public Programs
February 20, 9 a.m. Working Together to Tackle Invasive Plants Rod Walker, PRISM
March 20, 9 a.m. Tree Fredricksburg Ann Little
April 17, 9 a.m. Protecting Exceptional Woodlands within National Forests Sarah Francisco, Southern Environmental Law Center
May 15, 9 a.m. The American Chestnut Foundation Tom Saielli
July 17, 9 a.m. Nursery Operations: How Trees are Planted, Cared for, Harvested, and Shipped Ed Yates, Bremo Trees
September 16, 9 a.m.  Meeting and Tree Walk
October 23, 9 a.m. Organizing Locally to Identify and Manage Invasive Plants on a Neighborhood or Community Basis Jim Hurley, PRISM
November 20, 9 a.m. The Ecological Effects of the Rocky Mount Fire of 2016 Sally Hurlbert

Here is a link to past topics.

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