Community Forester Program
You can help ensure the health and vitality of Denver's trees!
A partnership between The Park People and Denver Parks & Recreation, the Community Forester Program empowers individuals to lead tree planting and care activities within the community.
Once trained, Community Foresters can lead and participate in tree planting and care projects in their neighborhoods as well as activities for The Park People, Denver's Forestry Division, and The Mile High Million tree planting initiative. This is a great opportunity to support our environment, urban greening, community health, and quality of life in Denver.
YOU can become a Community Forester! The 2013 training workshops will begin in March, with registration opening in late January. Below are the descriptions and tentative dates for the upcomming series to give you a sense of what to expect.
Attendance in Trees 101 is required prior to participation in other workshops. To become a Community Forester, participants must complete the four mandatory workshops. After attending all mandatory workshops, Community Foresters may attend the optional Volunteer Leadership and Management workshop free of charge. Individuals who do not attend the full workshop series receive the title "Tree Steward" and are able to volunteer in support roles.
To register or for questions, call our office at 303-722-6262.
Workshop Descriptions, Dates and Times
Trees 101 prerequisite for all other workshops - $20
Sat, March 2, 9am-1pm
Trees 101 teaches the important basics from which other workshops will draw. Hence, you must attend this workshop before all other workshops. We will cover tree biology and the environmental factors that impact tree growth as well as discuss the benefits of trees and common myths. You will also learn what it means to be a Community Forester or a Tree Steward. You'll find out what the program entails and about the various activities that require highly-skilled volunteers and team leaders.
Tree Planting & Health - $20
Sat, April 6, 9am-1pm
In this class, you'll learn to properly plant balled and burlapped, bare root, and container trees in a safe manner using the concepts of Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way. You'll also become familiar with common tree health issues, disease and pest management, and tree health resources. Field component included.
Tree Pruning - $20
Sat, May 4, 9am-1pm
By the end of Tree Pruning, you'll know why, what, when, and how to properly prune a young tree to promote right-of-way clearance, strong structure, and long-term health. We will also address pruning safety and specialized, outcome-oriented pruning techniques. Field component included.
Tree Identification & Inventory - $20
Sat, June 1, 9am-1pm
This workshop will provide a brief historic context of Denver's forest, familiarize you with tree classification and identification methods, and introduce common trees in Denver as well as these trees' characteristics, requirements, and uses. Instructors will also introduce basic tree inventory concepts and tree measurement techniques. Field component included.
Volunteer Leadership & Management optional - $20
Sat, July 13, 9am-12pm
Take your volunteerism to the next level... Build your leadership and management skills... After attending this workshop, you will be able to lead and manage community members and other volunteers in activities in which you've been trained during organized Park People and City events. You'll also be empowered to facilitate effective urban forestry activities in your own community. After attending all mandatory sessions, Community Foresters may attend this workshop free of charge.