The Park People
Saturday, November 27, 2021

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.

Enrollment is closed for 2021. Please sign up to receive a notification when enrollment opens for 2022

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.

Become a Community Forester: $100 for all 5 workshops, with an individual workshop cost of $25. This reflects the value of your volunteer commitment. Those who do not fulfill their commitment will be charged full price (equivalent to the Badge in Urban Forestry). We are able to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships this year 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.



Trees 101

$25 for volunteers, $65 for non-volunteers, prerequisite for all other workshops.

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

$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

$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

$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

$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.

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