Urban Forest Steward

Urban Forest Stewards

Connect with our urban forest and gain the knowledge and skills to build and protect the tree canopy of Central Texas through our Urban Forest Steward course. Our urban trees face many challenges related to drought, development, and public use that threaten our valuable tree canopy. Citizen stewardship efforts can make a big difference in the health of our urban forest and the wellbeing of our community by supporting trees and the valuable benefits that they provide, including improved air and water quality, energy savings for residents, and a shaded sense of place for all citizens.

This course empowers Central Texans to care for and advocate for the forests in their communities and wildlands through classroom, experiential, and service learning. Presentations and hands-on activities led by local professionals cover topics including Tree Biology, Arboriculture, Urban Planning & Design, Volunteer Leadership, and Sustainability. As part of the course, participants will develop their own stewardship projects and participate in volunteer events to connect with the urban forest and practice their stewardship skills.

Six monthly classes will be held from October 2016 to March 2017. Registration opens August 8th. To register, visit www.treefolks.org/ufs. Space is limited to ensure a high quality experience.

Course dates: October 8, November 12, December 3, January 21, February 25, March 25

Time:  9am to 3:30pm

Where: Various locations around Austin

Registration: $100

Workshop topics: 
Oct. 8
Trees of Central Texas
Tree Identification
Right Tree, Right PlaceNov. 12

Tree Biology
Central Texas Tree challenges
Intro to Tree Risks
Dec. 3

Tree Care and Maintenance
Volunteer Management

Jan. 21

Urban Planning & Design
Water Quality and Riparian Buffers
Species Diversity & Wildlife Habitat
Mapping Trees with Austin Tree Map
Feb. 25

Ready, Set, Plant! Tree Planting Event
Discussion & Citizen Science Project Workshop

March 25

Citizen Science Project Presentations
Certificate Ceremony

Please contact TreeFolks Education Coordinator, Audrey Stewart, with any questions at (512) 443-5323 or audrey@treefolks.org.