The 2017 TreeKeepers Academy is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at Parks Management Center, 1507 Business Loop 70 West near Cosmo Park.  This is a day-long class that will include many aspects of tree management and care and include both classroom and hands on instruction.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.  Following the class, participants are asked to volunteer a minimum of 36 hours on City of Columbia tree projects in city parks. Please contact us or call 874-7499 if you have any questions or would like to register. 

Upcoming projects for TreeKeepers volunteers:

Saturday, May 20-TreeKeeper volunteers and Parks staff will be having a trail building workday at the Grindstone Nature Area. 2011 Old 63 S from 9 a.m.- noon.  This project includes two projects: removing invasive plants along the trail and working to dig and regrade the trail. Volunteers are asked to meet Parks staff at the shelter south of parking lot near the entrance to the Hinkson Creek Trail.  Volunteers are also encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and a pair of working gloves.


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, with Saturday labs:
TreeKeepers Logo

TreeKeepers Classes

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. Apply here 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.

Hear what participants say about their volunteer experience.

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.)


November 2010 planting on MKT Trail at Bridge 13
November 2010 planting on MKT Trail at Bridge 13

How can I participate?

Contact us or call 874-7499.

Class size is limited to 35 people; applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register e-mail us at

Updated 5-16-17