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 Classes will cover the following topics:
- Tree Identification, presented by Eric Schmittel
- Bio-Diversity, Exotics & Vegetation Management, presented by Dave Dittmer
- Insects & Disease, presented by Dr. Rose-Marie Muzika
- Tree Planting, presented by Steve Fritz & Bobbie Acton
- Tree Pruning, presented by Dave Dittmer
*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.
- 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.)
How can I participate?
Email us or call 874-7499.