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 next Tree Steward Training Class will be held in Fall 2018. Classes are taught by certified arborists, foresters, tree and forestry experts, tree stewards, and others. The course will consist of twelve 3-hour classes. See 2018 Training Class Curriculum.

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.


Registration opens June 1, 2018 and closes August 29, 2018 or until the class is full. We will accept up to 32 students on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions about the class, please send a message to:   edcomm@cvilleareatreestewards.org.


After you have completed the registration form, you may complete registration with one of two payment methods: the “Buy Now” button below for PayPal credit card purchases or send checks to:

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

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*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. Since space on the tree walks is limited as noted, registration is required. Please click on the link for a specific class or walk listed below to register.

The following topics are offered in 2018:

February 10, 10 am to noon

Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building
Tree Identification Walk at Ivy Creek Winter is a great time to learn how to identify trees from their structure, bark, seed pods and other features. Join Tree Stewards for a slide presentation on Winter Tree ID and a walk on the trails at Ivy Creek to learn more about our native trees.  Dress appropriately for winter weather. The event is free but registration is required.

March 30, 11 am to 12:30 pm Tree Walk at James Monroe’s Highland 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 spring 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 25 people.  Registration required.
April 14, 1 to 3 pm Tree Walk at future site of the McIntire Botanical Garden 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. Limit 25 people. Registration required.
April 28, 10 am to noon


Tree Basics Class: 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. Registration required.
May 12, 2018, 9 to 10:30 am

May 14, 2018, 9 to 10:30 am

Location: Riverview Park
Riparian Trees at Riverview Park Directions: Meet at the Kiosk at Riverview Park. The Park is located at the end of Chesapeake Street by Riverside Avenue at the eastern city limits. The Rivanna Trail is bordered by a wealth of trees. Some of these are reflected in the tree map that Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards created for the loop trail in Riverview Park; the map is available online and as a flyer by the parking lot. We will walk the paved, riverside half of the trail, which is half a mile long, considering many interesting riverine species. Limit 25 people; registration required.
May 26, 2018, 10 am to noon


ICNA Education Building
Tree Basics Class: Invasive Plant Identification and Management.

This class will be replaced by one offered by PRISM on June 26, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ivy Creek Natural Area.   Check the PRISM website for registration information:   blueridgeprism.org.

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.
June 16, 2018, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Downtown Charlottesville
Tree Walk: Downtown Parks Tree Walk
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 20-25 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 living structure in our Downtown. Limit 12 people; registration required.
July 6, 2018 9:00 to 10:30 am

Tree Walk: Living History at James Monroe’s Highland in Summer 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. Come celebrate the July 4th holiday week by joining this free 90-minute walk at James Monroe’s historic Highland property. Tree Stewards have been leading walks at Highland 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 summer using leaves, bark, twigs, form, and many other features. Discover how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. Attendance is limited to 25 people. The event is free, but registration is required; click link.

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
The following topics offered in 2017 were as follows:
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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Continuing Education Talks