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. 

Learn more about TreeKeepers via this City Channel Video!

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.

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