Now more than ever – especially in Iowa, where Emerald Ash Borer is on the move – it’s important to know how to be a good steward of trees.
Trees Forever is offering the perfect opportunity, with TreeKeepers programs this month in both the Cedar Rapids area and Iowa City.
Sign up is happening now, with the sessions offered on Oct. 12 and 19.
TreeKeepers coordinator Heath Hupke notes that this is an opportunity to learn more about trees: the best ways to plant and care for young trees, what are upcoming pests and problems, and how to talk with neighbors about a tree’s benefits.
“In-class and hands-on training will keep the day fun and interesting for all,” he said.
“Best of all as a TreeKeeper you will be given lots of opportunities to volunteer in caring for trees with pruning days, tree plantings, and invasive species removal.”
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Two Trees Forever workshops will make it easier for people who live and work in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City to become expert volunteers on taking care of trees in their neighborhoods and communities.
The popular TreeKeepers sessions will be offered Oct. 12 in Iowa City and Oct. 19 in Cedar Rapids. Residents can take the training in whichever city is most convenient for them.
“This will give people in both cities the flexibility to choose a date that fits into their schedule,” says Heath Hupke, TreeKeeper coordinator for Trees Forever. “Regardless of where people take the class, they can serve as a TreeKeeper in their own community, acting as the eyes and ears for trees in their neighborhood. Regular work days are scheduled throughout the year in parks, along streets and on public lands.”
TreeKeepers training is designed for people who want to become more involved in and knowledgeable about urban tree planting and care, and who wish to become a stronger voice for trees. Experienced Trees Forever staff members and other local tree experts lead the instruction.
- Iowa City’s session will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds Office Building, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road SE.
- The Cedar Rapids-area session will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha.
A $30 fee includes refreshments and lunch, an official TreesKeepers handbook and t-shirt. Registration is required and can be completed at: www.TreesForever.org/events
Hupke notes that upon completing the program, participants are equipped with the knowledge of how to better maintain trees in their own backyard as well as the entire community, maximizing the many benefits of trees for future generations.
Sign up today to start your TreeKeepers journey! Attend either session to become a TreeKeeper for your community. Contact Heath Hupke at email@example.com or at 319.640.0757 with any questions. Go here for more information or to register for TreeKeepers!
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