Certified Volunteers

If you’re passionate about trees and conservation, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity waiting for you. We offer a wide range of events that are fun and rewarding. Join us now, and help build and protect our urban canopy!

Docent Training

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is a dynamic natural space that offers a unique glimpse into the horticultural history of the city. This 22-mile long linear expanse can be enjoyed in many ways, but the most fulfilling experience is provided by the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour guided by Trees Atlanta Docents. The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum will evolve into a twenty-two-mile long horticultural collection. This one-of-a-kind linear expanse provides neighborhood connectivity along the Atlanta BeltLine while showcasing unique natural characteristics within each community.

Weekly tours and special interest tours are lead by volunteers who complete extensive training that includes courses on Trees Atlanta, history of the BeltLine and the surrounding neighborhoods, along with horticultural information on the trees, plants, and grasses of the Arboretum. Docents must complete training and commit to leading tours. Docents participate in regular group training and social events. To learn more about becoming a docent or registering for the next docent training course, please email arboretum@treesatlanta.org.

Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for helping to make the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum docent program possible.

Registration is now open for 2018 Docent Training!  Click here to register, or if you have questions, please email arboretum@treesatlanta.org

TreeKeeper Program

If you are a lover of trees and the environment, there are many ways to get involved with Trees Atlanta, but none more comprehensive than the TreeKeeper volunteer training and certification program. The program consists of seven sessions that feature indoor and outdoor activities, presentations, and hands-on demonstrations.

This program gives participants in-depth exposure to every aspect of urban forest stewardship. The TreeKeeper program is taught by community tree professionals and members of the Trees Atlanta staff. Training is suited for all levels of botanical knowledge, and the workshops include instruction on Atlanta’s trees and urban forest, programs on tree planting and care, management of disease and invasive species, and project leadership through community outreach.

Upon completion of the certification program, graduates will be provided with opportunities to put their new knowledge into action. All TreeKeeper graduates receive a citizen’s field guide full of valuable resources and information, as well as an official TreeKeeper hat, a manual, and a native tree. Graduates also receive a signed certificate upon completion of 24 volunteer hours with tree projects through Trees Atlanta or a similar organization.

To assist with these hours, Trees Atlanta has regular planting, tree care, and forest restoration projects where TreeKeeper leadership is invaluable. TreeKeepers may also choose to work independently in their own community.

TreeKeeper Program days will be on Saturdays, July 27th – September 14th (excluding 8/31: Labor Day Weekend)

Contact treehouse@treesatlanta.org for more information.


Request a TreeSpeaker at your next event
Do you have an upcoming meeting or event where you’d like to host a presenter to learn more about Trees Atlanta? Complete this form to help Trees Atlanta fulfill your request. Please allow at least one month’s advance notice prior to the date of the event.

Apply to be a TreeSpeaker
Trees Atlanta seeks engaging public speakers to complete training to lead presentations in the community about Trees Atlanta. These volunteers are needed to present standard prepared presentations and accommodate requested speaking times that may range from 20 to 45 minutes in length. TreeSpeakers may be asked to answer questions from the audience. You do not require expertise in horticulture or tree sciences (but are very welcome); however, you should be an enthusiastic supporter of Trees Atlanta, our mission, and be familiar with our volunteer activities. Training is provided.

We are currently at capacity for the first group of TreeSpeakers. However, please send an email to treehouse@treesatlanta.org if you are interested in being considered for future speaker training sessions. Please include your full name, email, phone number, address, and brief description of your experience with Trees Atlanta and presenting in front of audiences.