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TreeKeeper Training

Sat Jul 09 | 9am-12pm

Trees Atlanta's TreeKeeper program trains volunteers to become leaders in caring for the urban forest. By the end of the program, volunteers can also become a Certified TreeKeeper after completing project leadership requirements. The TreeKeeper program consists of practical tree education over the course of 8 consecutive Saturday sessions; optional 24-hour volunteer service requirement can be completed to earn Certified TreeKeeper status.

Training is for ALL levels and explores:

  • Atlanta’s Trees & Urban Forests
  • Tree Selection, and Care
  • Tree Diseases & Invasive Plants
  • Proper Tree Pruning Techniques
  • Project Leadership Skills

Students receive classroom resources, including an Eastern Trees field guide, a young native tree, and more. The program includes indoor and outdoor activities, science-based content, engaging hands-on demonstrations, and interaction with classmates and instructors.

Students are strongly encourage to earn their Certified TreeKeeper status by completing 24 hours of volunteer service in a leadership role can be completed with Trees Atlanta or with another organization that is related to urban forestry. Certified TreeKeepers are eligible to lead others in volunteer projects. Certified TreeKeepers are important contributors in our mission to protect and improve the urban forest, either by volunteering with Trees Atlanta's existing programs or by creating their own projects beyond Trees Atlanta's reach.

Session Dates: Classes meet in person or online these Saturdays from 9 am to noon: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27.

Fee waiver: Limited scholarships are available. Please contact

Meeting Location: Some classes may meet virtually if needed, but most will be at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center (225 Chester Ave. SE Atlanta GA 30316). We will meet in parks for our Tree Identification, Pruning, Invasive Species classes. The full syllabus, including locations for each class, will be emailed to students in June.

Class Schedule:

Session 1: “Intro to TreeKeepers” and “Ecology of Place – Georgia & Atlanta’s Urban Forest”

July 9, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Alfie Vick, UGA College of Environment and Design

Susan Pierce Cunningham, Associate Director of Volunteer Services, Trees Atlanta


Session 2: Tree Selection

July 16, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Steve Sanchez, Principal Landscape Architect, HGOR


Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning

July 23, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Susan Pierce Cunningham, ISA Certified Arborist & Assoc. Dir. of Volunteer Services, Trees Atlanta


Session 4: Introduction to Dendrology and Tree Identification

July 30, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Meghan Chuites, ISA Certified Arborist, ArborGuard Inc.


Session 5: Invasive Species

August 6, 2021 from 9am-12pm

Taryn Heidel, Forest Restoration Manager, Trees Atlanta


Session 6: Tree Health: Diagnostics, Disease, Insects, and Soil

August 13, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Christie Bryant, ISA Certified Arborist, Speaking for the Trees Consulting


Session 7: Atlanta’s Urban Forest: Canopy Cover & Heat Island Research

August 20, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Tony Giarrusso, Senior Research Scientist - Associate Director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization, Georgia Tech

Dr. Evan Mallen, Center for Teaching and Learning and Urban Climate Lab, Georgia Tech


Session 8: Nuts & Bolts of Project Leadership

August 27, 2022 from 9am-12pm

Susan Pierce Cunningham, Associate Director of Volunteer Services, Trees Atlanta

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