The Park People
Friday, December 2, 2022

Community Forester Program

Community Forester is a joint program of The Park People and Denver Parks & Recreation. When you become a Community Forester, you learn about more than just trees, you join a team passionate about all things green. You’ll connect with tree lovers throughout the city, learn from our experts, hear diverse viewpoints, and roll your sleeves up as a new member of the Park People crew.

2022 Classes are now full. 

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Scholarships Available!

Trees 101: March 12, 2022, 9am-1pm

*prerequisite for all other workshops.

**$25 for volunteers, $65 for non-volunteers

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: April 9, 2022, 9am-1pm

**$25 for volunteers, $65 for non-volunteers

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: May 7, 2022, 9am-1pm

**$25 for volunteers, $65 for non-volunteers

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: June 4, 2022, 9am-1pm

**$25 for volunteers, $65 for non-volunteers

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. You will also learn about these trees' characteristics, requirements, and uses. Field component included.

Volunteer Leadership & Community Engagement: July 9, 2022, 9am-noon

**$25 for volunteers, $65 for non-volunteers (discounted price with advance registration for all five workshops)

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.


*Attendance in Trees 101 is required prior to participation in other workshops. To become a Community Forester, you must complete all five workshops and commit to 10 hours/yr of volunteering, course descriptions below.  Those wishing to receive training with no volunteer commitment may also enroll. You will receive a badge in Urban Forestry. Those who do not attend the full workshop series receive the title "Tree Steward" and are able to volunteer in support roles.

** $100 for all 5 workshops, with an individual workshop cost of $25. We are able to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships in honor of Sue Cannon. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please request that at enrollment over the phone.

Earn your Badge in Urban Forestry: $300 for all 5 workshops, with an individual workshop cost of $65. No scholarships are available at this time for this track.

Those who do not fulfill their commitment will be charged full price (equivalent to the Badge in Urban Forestry).

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