The 2019 TreeKeepers Academy is Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the Parks Management Center located at 1507 Business Loop 70 W. 

TreeKeepers trains volunteers in proper care and maintenance of trees.  TreeKeepers agree to donate at least 36 volunteer hours for City of Columbia tree care projects. All projects are scheduled on Saturday mornings. Training includes the following subjects: 
TreeKeepers Logo

TreeKeepers Classes will cover the following topics:

*The presentations listed above are from March 2018.

Not only will you gain book knowledge, but you also will receive field training and experience to reinforce what you have learned. After completion of the course, you will be provided with opportunities to put your new knowledge into action in very visible ways, making a difference in your city. Complete an online application to become a TreeKeepers volunteer.

TreeKeepers receive an official TreeKeepers polo shirt and a certificate when they have fulfilled 36 hours of volunteer service to tree projects.

2019 Volunteer TreeKeepers Service Projects

Tree Wrap
On April 5, from 1:00 to 3:00, we will be wrapping up seedlings for our Arbor Day Tree Giveaway.  The project will be held at the Parks Management Center at 1507 Business Loop 70W. 
Arborday Tree Giveaway
On Saturday April 6, we will be handing out free tree seedlings to the public at the Columbia Farmers Market.  As of right now, it looks like the market will still be located at the Parkade Center and not at the ARC as was planned.  Volunteers should arrive by 7:45, and the giveaway will begin at 8:00.  The project will go until all the trees are gone or until the market closes. 
Grindstone Tree Planting
On April 20, we will be planting native container grown saplings at the Grindstone Nature Area.  The project will be from 9:00 – 12:00, or until the trees get planted.  Volunteers can meet at the parking lot located of Old 63.  Tools will be provided, but we ask that volunteers bring gloves and water bottles.  

TreeKeepers Volunteers:

  • Complete the TreeKeepers course.
  • Agree to assist the City in organized tree care projects when available, donating at least 36 hours of volunteer time. Projects take place on Saturday mornings. Projects include a variety of activities including planting, pruning, mulching, invasives removal & general maintenance under supervision of the Forester.
  • Use standard hand tools and equipment to plant, prune, remove, water fertilize, and mulch trees.
  • Perform manual labor, including bending, stooping, digging, reaching, and lifting.
  • Work cooperatively with City staff, volunteers, and general public.
  • Work outdoors, often during varied weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.)

Photo of Parks and Recreation Forestry Staff
Tree planting demonstration by Parks Forestry Staff



How can I participate?

Email us or call 874-7499.

To register e-mail us at

Updated 1-9-19