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

The Fall 2017 Tree Steward Training Class is now in session, and registration is closed.  If you are interested in taking the 2018 training class to become a certified tree steward, please check back here for information as it becomes available.

We also offer free Tree Basics classes and Tree Walks throughout the year.

If you have questions about any of our educational programs, please send a message to: education@charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org.

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

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. Please click on a specific class or walk listed below to register.

The following topics are offered in 2017:
January 27, 10:00 a.m. to noon Invasive Plant Identification and Management Non-native, invasive plants are one of the leading threats to the trees in our forests and landscapes. Learn how they got here, how to identify them, best practices for their removal, what tools to use and how to use them safely. Includes an identification and removal demonstration.
February 25, 10:00 a.m. to noon Winter Tree Identification Learn how to identify trees in winter when most of the deciduous trees have lost their leaves – one of the easiest ways to identify trees. But bark, twigs, buds, seed casings, nuts and many other tree features make it possible to recognize the dozens of native Virginia trees that can be seen in the forests of the area. Includes a tree walk.
March 31, 10:00 a.m. to noon Tree Pruning Learn how to prune your trees to improve their health and appearance, while reducing the risk of branch failure; learn what tools to use and how to use them safely along with best practices for pruning your landscape trees. Includes a pruning demonstration.
May 20, 10:00 a.m. to noon Tree Selection, Planting, and Care 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.
June 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon

August 5, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Summer Tree Identification Walk at McIntire Botanical Garden, Charlottesville

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 McIntire Botanical Garden.
September 22, 9-10:30 a.m. James Monroe’s Highland Tree Walk

Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 East. Take exit 121A onto VA-20. In .6 miles, turn left onto Rt. 53. In 3.2 miles, take a slight right turn onto James Monroe Parkway. In .8 miles, turn right onto Ashlawn-Highland Dr.

Tree Stewards 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 fall using their leaves, bark, nuts, and many other features as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. Limit 20 people.  Registration required.
September 30, 9-11:30 a.m. Tree Selection, Planting, and Care 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.
October 6, 9-10:30 a.m. James Monroe’s Highland Tree Walk

Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 East. Take exit 121A onto VA-20. In .6 miles, turn left onto Rt. 53. In 3.2 miles, take a slight right turn onto James Monroe Parkway. In .8 miles, turn right onto Ashlawn-Highland Dr.

Tree Stewards 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 fall using their leaves, bark, nuts, and many other features as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. Limit 20 people.  Registration required.
October 21, 10:00 a.m. to noon Invasive Plant Identification and Management Learn how to identify and manage the non-native invasive plants that harm your existing trees and smother new growth. We will demonstrate locating, identifying and removing non-native invasive plants during this class at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.

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.

The following topics are offered in 2017:
January 16, 9 a.m. Blandy Experimental Farm Steven B. Carroll Director of Public Programs
Febrary 20, 9 a.m. Working Together to Tackle Invasive Plants Rod Walker, PRISM
March 20, 9 a.m. Trees 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.

*note this is a Saturday

 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
December – TBD

Here is a link to past topics.

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