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 the next few months:

Tree Basics Class: Choose and Plant a Tree

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Greene County Library, 222 Main St #101, Stanardsville

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 not required.

Tree Basics Class: Invasive Plant ID and Treatment

Saturday, February 29, 2020  9:30 a.m. to noon (originally scheduled for January 18)

Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Building, 1780 Earlysville Rd., Charlottesville

Non-native invasive plants pose an increasing threat to the Piedmont Virginia landscape. Join Tree Stewards Tim Maywalt and William Hamersky to learn about the nature of this threat, how to identify the most common invasive plants and a wide range of treatment techniques. A slide presentation inside will be followed by a walk in the forest and meadows of the Ivy Creek Nature Center where invasives will be identified and treatment techniques demonstrated. Dress for the forest and the weather as we will be outside for up to an hour on and off trails on varied terrain. Also, bring any plants that you have questions about, and we will try to help you identify whether they pose a threat. Attendees are invited for field experience identifying and treating invasive plants assisted by experienced staff on Sunday March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Details will be provided at class.  Registration required (click date link).

Tree Basics Class: Pruning

Tuesday, March 24, 2020  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Northside Library, 705 Rio Rd W, Charlottesville

This free class is presented by Tree Steward Tim Maywalt.  Learn how to prune landscape trees to improve their health and appearance, while reducing the risk of branch failure. Also, find out what tools to use and how to use them safely along with best pruning practices. Slides indoors will be followed by a pruning demonstration outdoors (please dress appropriately).   Registration not required.

Tree Walk: Darden Towe Park

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Darden Towe Park, 1445 Darden Towe Park Road, Charlottesville

Tree Stewards Kathy Nepote and Allen Ingling will lead this walk at Darden Towe Park. In a corner of the park, around the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, is a treasure trove of trees.  Highlights include a wide range of native riparian trees, conifers, numerous ash trees exhibiting the progressive devastation of the emerald ash borer, a tulip tree grown from a seed of one of Thomas Jefferson’s, and osage orange trees over 200 years old.  Attendance is limited to 25 people.  Registration required; click date link.

Stokes Farm Spring Tree Walk

Saturday, March 28, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

8737 Dick Woods Rd., Afton

Join Tree Steward guide and property owner Phil Stokes for the early spring tree walk in a pristine remarkably diverse 30-acre mature woodland as trees and wildflowers announce spring’s arrival.  Expect to see blooming serviceberry, red maple, paw paw, spring beauty, skunk cabbage, and Virginia bluebell as it nears flowering.  We will pass through a pond area’s grove of bald cypress. Also of interest is a nut orchard planted with Chinese chestnut, pecan, English walnut, and butternut.  Easily walked on trails along streams, no steep or rugged sections.  No restroom at site.  Attendance is limited to 25 people.  THIS WALK IS NOW FULL

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

Friday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

James Monroe’s Highland, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville

Tree Steward Sharon Hiner will lead a free 90-minute walk at James Monroe’s historic Highland property. 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 spring using leaves, bark, twigs, form, and many other features.  Discover how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. The event is free, but registration is required; attendance is limited to 25 people. Click date link to register.

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