Community Forester Program

Help ensure the health and vitality of Denver's trees... Become a Community Forester!

The Park People and Denver Parks & Recreation have teamed up to present the Community Forester Program and empower 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, the Denver Forestry Office, and the 'Be A Smart Ash' campaign.  This is a great opportunity to support our environment, urban greening, community health, and quality of life in Denver.

To become a Community Forester, participants must complete all five workshops.  Individuals who do not attend the full workshop series receive the title "Tree Steward" and are able to volunteer in support roles.

2017 Registration is Closed...

Want to be notified when 2018 registration is open?

Call 303.722.6262


Attendance in Trees 101 is required prior to participation in other workshops. 

2017 Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

Trees 101  prerequisite for all other workshops  -  $20
Sat, March 11

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 01

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 101 -  $20
Sat, May 06

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 03

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 & Community Engagement - FREE (w/registration for the preceeding four courses)

Sat, July 08

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.

The Community Forester Program supported by: