Master Tree Stewards (Virtual, $)

This is an online event

Number of CEUs

6.25

This workshop will be held virtually. Once you register you will receive a zoom link in your confirmation email. This is a 5-week workshop. 

Wednesdays, October 7-November 4, 2020  5:30-8:30PM

Max Participants: 50

The Tower Hill Botanic Garden (THBG) Master Tree Stewards course is an immersive dive into the work of tree stewardship. Instructors include staff from the Outreach Department & Horticulture Departments of THBG as well as other highly skilled professionals in arboriculture. This 5-week virtual experience will offer a variety of interactive workshops and coursework. In person field learning opportunities will be available November through March. CEUs will be available for professional developement.

The Tree Stewards Program aims to build a well-trained volunteer base for tree stewardship work with the Outreach Department & Horticulture Department of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Volunteering with THBG is not required. However, volunteers who volunteer 20 hours or more, will receive ‘Master Tree Stewards’ status with certificate and THBG gift.


Current Available CEUs (as of 9/16):                                                                                                             

Society of American Foresters (CFE's): 12.5 Category 1 Credits
Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA)- 3 Credits
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): 6.25 Credits

Master Tree Stewards (5 Week Online Workshop)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - Wednesday, November 4, 2020

SESSION I: WEDNESDAY (Oct 7th)
5:30pm – 6:00pm Welcome, Introduction, Overview of Worcester Tree Initiative/Tower Hill (Ruth Seward)
6:00pm – 6:30pmThe Value of Urban Trees (Ruth Seward)
6:30pm – 6:40pm Break
6:40pm – 7:20 pm Tree Biology 101 (Dr. Kelly Bellin)
7:20pm – 8:10 pm What to Expect When You Volunteer (Ruth Seward)
8:10pm – 8:30pm In the Field Tree ID
Take Home: In the Field Tree ID – a self-study guide

SESSION II: WEDNESDAY (Oct 14th)
5:30pm – 6:30pm Urban Tree Stresses: Gas Leaks and Trees (Bob Ackley)
6:30pm – 6:45pm Break
7:00pm- 8:00pm Safety, Tools, Tool care & Basic Pruning Techniques/ in classroom & outdoors (Ruth Seward)
8:00pm – 8:30pm In the Field Tree ID
Take Home: In the Field Tree ID – a self-study guide

SESSION III: WEDNESDAY (Oct 21st)
5:30pm – 6:30pm Tree Pests (Felicia Hubacz)
6:30pm- 6:45pm Break
6:45pm- 7:45 pm How to properly plant and care for a new tree (Ruth Seward)
7:45pm-8:00pm Break
8:00pm-8:30pm the Field Tree ID
Take Home: In the Field Tree ID – a self-study guide

SESSION IV: WEDNESDAY (Oct 28th):
5:30pm- 6:30pm Tree Tracking – Data/Urban Neighborhood Analyses/Basics of GIS & I-Tree (Rick Harper, UMASS Amherst )
6:30pm – 6:45pm Break
6:45pm- 8:00pm Trees and Soil (Joel Betts Worcester County Conservation District)
8:00pm- 8:30pm In the Street Tree ID
Take Home: In the Field Tree ID – a self-study guide

SESSION V: WEDNESDAY (Nov 4th):
5:30pm- 6:30pm Urban Challenges of Street Trees: Why Stewardship Helps (Nick Geron, Clark U.)
6:45pm – 7:15pm Volunteer Q&A – Test Review, Schedule Questions,
7:15pm – 8:30pm Test
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 10/7/2020 and ending 11/4/2020 at 5:30PM