Volunteer Pathways

Trees Atlanta’s work wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. They do the hands-on work to care for our urban forest and help educate kids and adults about why our urban forest is important. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Interested in taking on more responsibility? Become a Certified Volunteer! Our Docents, TreeKeepers, and Tree Pruners complete in-depth training and often serve in a leadership role with other volunteers. 

No matter what your level of expertise is, we have a way for you to get involved in protecting and improving our urban forest.

Tree and Plant Care

Care for newly planted trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers in metro Atlanta communities. Volunteer tree and plant care projects occur in neighborhoods, greenspaces such as parks, and the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. Activities include watering, weeding, mulching, and other maintenance-related tasks. Tree and plant care projects happen year-round, with the greatest focus from April-September. Sign up for weekday and Saturday projects on our web calendar!

Tree Planting

Learn how to correctly plant trees and other woody plants and help our vital urban forest thrive. Volunteer tree planting projects occur along neighborhood streets, in front yards, and in open greenspaces in communities throughout the Atlanta area. Activities include digging holes, moving trees, spreading mulch, and watering. Tree planting projects happen October-March.

Forest Restoration

Visit interesting greenspaces around Atlanta and learn about native and nonnative plant species while helping to promote healthy, sustainable forests. Activities include hand-pulling and cutting aggressively-growing plants such as English ivy and Chinese privet to promote a stable plant community. We also host plantings of native perennials and ephemerals in these greenspaces after the aggressive plants are under control. Forest Restoration projects are year-round on weekdays and Saturdays – register on our web calendar!

Office Assistant

Support our program and administrative teams by preparing education event materials, assembling mailings, and entering information into our databases. This is a perfect opportunity if you are interested in an indoor project with less manual work. Most office volunteer opportunities are available on weekdays. Please reach out to susan@treesatlanta.org for more information on office volunteer opportunities.

Event Support

A fun way to attend an event and help out at the same time is to volunteer! Events include classes, fundraisers, tours, conferences, and more. Event support volunteers help prepare for our events by assembling materials, setting up, greeting guests, preparing refreshments, taking photos, and cleaning up.* 

*In-person events at Trees Atlanta have been suspended through 2020.


Certified Volunteers

If you’re interested in getting a more in-depth volunteering experience with Trees Atlanta, consider becoming a Certified Volunteer! Our Certified Volunteers are individuals who have completed a Pruning course, Docent training, or TreeKeeper training. Learn about each option below:

 

Pruners

Certified Pruners complete Pruning 101, a class that teaches the basics of tree physiology and correct pruning technique. Only Certified Pruners can volunteer for our tree pruning projects on weekdays and Saturdays. Certified Pruners can continue their pruning education with Pruning 102 and Pruning 103. Pruning classes are offered February-August. Please email susan@treesatlanta.org for more information.

Docents

Weekly tours and special interest tours are led by Trees Atlanta docents who complete extensive training on Trees Atlanta, the history of the Atlanta BeltLine and the surrounding neighborhoods, along with horticultural information on the trees, plants, and grasses. Docents complete seven classes, a mock tour, and shadow several others tours before becoming certified. To learn more about becoming a docent or registering for the next docent training course, please email arboretum@treesatlanta.org.

TreeKeepers

TreeKeepers are leaders in urban forest stewardship. They complete seven classes, gaining information about Atlanta’s urban forest cover, tree selection and care, invasive species, and the ecological history of our region. Participants can then choose to take our project leadership class and become a Certified TreeKeeper by completing 24 hours of service in a leadership role with Trees Atlanta or in their own community. To learn more about becoming a TreeKeeper, please email susan@treesatlanta.org.