Volunteers who would like to develop basic arboriculture skills may apply to join the Citizen Foresters training program. Those completing the training are empowered to help others choose, plant and tend trees.
The Citizen Foresters training consists of six one-hour modules held over three nights in May. Topics include Value of Urban Trees, Basic Tree Biology, Planting a Tree, Pruning and more. The courses are taught by certified arborists using educational materials from the International Society of Arboriculture, personal experience and more.
The fee for the program is $25, payable before classes begin, no refunds. Participants completing all six modules will receive a Citizen Foresters t-shirt worth $25.
Our goal is help people turn their appreciation for trees into practical skills that can be used to help the urban forest thrive. The course is suitable for applicants at all levels of botanical understanding. Past participants have included university students, doctors, professional gardeners, office workers, students and others.
Applicants must agree to volunteer a minimum of six hours over the year to help TreeKeepers. Volunteer hours can be completed by helping stage public events, caring for nursery trees, leafletting to promote programs, providing database entry, spreading the word and so on.
Please note that spaces are limited and selections may be influenced by whatever you write in the comment section of the application.
Creekside Community Centre – Thursday, May 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Creekside Community Centre – Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Strathcona Community Garden – Thursday, May 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm