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 late summer and fall of 2019:

Tree Walk:  Downtown Parks

Thursday, September 5, 2019 

5:15 to 6:45 p.m.,  Court Square, 501 E. Jefferson St., Charlottesville

Join Tree Stewards Carolyn Burgess and Lisa Sheffield 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.   The walk will conclude by the Library, 201 E. Market Street.  Limit 20 people.  Registration required (click date link).    

Meet in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse at Court Square, 501 E. Jefferson St., Charlottesville.

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  Melbourne Road, Charlottesville

  1.  Morning walk  10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  2.  Afternoon walk 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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.  Attendance is limited to 25 people per walk.  These walks at McIntire Park are now FULL.  Please check back for future walks.

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.