Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with TreeFolks! Our volunteer events have meaningful work for all ages and abilities. A list of upcoming volunteer opportunities is below. After you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email and we’ll send you additional instructions a few days before your scheduled shift. Got questions? Please, check our Volunteer FAQ or email us at volunteer@treefolks.org

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

I have a group interested in volunteering. How do I signup and what dates are available?

TreeFolks’ volunteer events are listed on our website at http://www.treefolks.org/volunteer-opportunities/. If you’re interested in volunteering for an available date, click on “signup” and fill out the appropriate information. TreeFolks will notify you via email a few days prior to the event with further details.

I have a group interested in volunteering at one of your events. Should the volunteers sign up individually or as one registration with the number of volunteers?

Either way is great. We’re happy to register your group under one contact person and will notify that person via email a
few days prior to the event. Once received, you will need to share our reminder email with your group. Otherwise, you
are welcome to sign up individuals from your group separately. Because our events fill up quickly, we often recommend
registering your entire group at one time to ensure the appropriate numbers of spots are reserved for the entire group.

Are children allowed at volunteer events?

Tree Planting events are great for children! However, we ask that children under the age of 17 be accompanied by adults. For smaller children, please make sure there is a one adult per two child ratio in your group. Because of the dangers with tools, planting holes and other hazards in nature, especially in the post-fire areas in Bastrop, we kindly ask that you monitor your children at all times during planting events.

I have a group interested in volunteering on a specific date but you do not have a scheduled event at that time. Could you create a volunteer event for our group?

Yes! We are happy to speak with you about creating a custom volunteer opportunity for your group. Please call 512-443-LEAF or email volunteer@treefolks.org for more information

I want to volunteer in Bastrop but there is no address listed on the website. Why?

Our planting locations in Bastrop County are located on private, residential property. To respect the privacy of the
landowners, TreeFolks does not list homeowner addresses on our website. TreeFolks will notify you via email with
further event details including their address and parking directions a few days prior to the event.

I have no idea how to plant a tree. Is this a problem?

Not at all! We will teach you the correct way to plant a tree! A complete demonstration will be provided at the
beginning of each event to showcase the dos and don’ts of tree planting. Planting supervisors will monitor each group
to ensure the trees are properly planted and to answer any of your questions. Tree planting videos and instructions are
also found on our website at: http://www.treefolks.org/resources/

What is provided during planting events? Do we need to bring anything?

TreeFolks will provide water, coffee and light refreshments at each planting event. Make sure to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, especially if rain is in the forecast. Gloves, tools, and training are provided, but please bring a water bottle, hat, and sun screen.

What happens if rain is the forecast?

Because the appropriate time to plant trees is during Central Texas’ rainy season, TreeFolks plants trees at volunteer events rain or shine. In fact, we hope for rain to water-in the newly planted trees! However, we will postpone or cancel an event in case of severe weather. If an event is cancelled, TreeFolks will notify all volunteers by email as soon as decisions are made.

Are you coordinating volunteer events at Bastrop State Park?

No. TreeFolks coordinates reforestation efforts on private land affected by the 2011 wildfires. For Bastrop State Park volunteer inquiries, please visit their registration webpage at http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1186155.jsp

How do I become a SUPER Volunteer?

If you like people as much as you like trees and enjoy volunteering with us, consider becoming a Volunteer Supervisor! You’ll receive training in tree planting and maintenance techniques, learn how to teach, and will get to wear the red hard hats that indicate experience. For more information about becoming a Volunteer Supervisor please contact volunteer@treefolks.org

I have mobility/physical considerations. Can I still volunteer?

We strive to have meaningful activities for all ages and abilities at our events. Some of the terrain we work in is rugged, steep, muddy, and requires a real hike to get to while some of it is flat, sandy, and easy to access. If you want to volunteer, just give our Volunteer Coordinator a call and we’ll find good ways for you to participate!