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Fall 2014 Davenport, IA
Spring 2015 Ottumwa, IA
Fall 2016 Western IA

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2013 Volunteer Opportunities

- Brenton Arboretum tour guides cover the history, collections, programs, and the mission. volunteers can choose a group of trees and follow them through time to capture seasonal change

for more info contact:
Lee Goldsmith
Director of Education and Outreach
The Brenton Arboretum

- Polk County Conservation is looking for certified arborosts to assist with structurally pruning trees in the arboretum at Fort Des Moines and other parks, raise/prune dead wood oaks in various parks, work on invasive species removals in various parks, tree pruning on the golf course
for more info contact:
Mark Dungan
Natrual Resource Manager

Tree Des Moines is looking for Tree Stewards to provide hands-on pruning of young street trees. You will be provided coaching to begin your project, then work singly or in pairs to perform training pruning of young street trees. Co-dominant stems beware! Included bark, be gone! Tree Stewards will eliminate you!
Here’s a chance to put your pruning knowledge and skills to good use, especially if you need some work hours to fulfill your training commitment! It’s fun, it’s light to moderate work intensity, and it’s just what you need to feel good about yourself and the urban forest.
For information, contact:
Jeanette Hario
(515) 283-4583



Iowa Community Tree Steward

What is it?

It's 28 hours of intensive training in community tree management. In both classroom and field settings (hands-on), you will learn: basic tree identification, species selection, tree planting, tree care and maintenance, pest management, value assessment, inventory techniques, program planning, funding, and implementation, and much more. For a quick overview of the program, click here.

Who is it for?

The Community Tree Steward Program is intended to serve citizen volunteers.  Others who may attend include community forestry and park staff, tree care professionals, utility company representatives, and county conservation board staff.

How is the program set up?

The program, which includes seven 4-hour training sessions over a seven week period, is offered at various locations throughout Iowa.  To complete the program and become an Iowa Community Tree Steward, participants are expected to attend all sessions and contribute 28 volunteer hours back to your community forests.

What does it cost?

The program costs $45.00 per person and $55.00 for couples who share the reference notebook.  In addition, the graduates are expected contribute 24 volunteer hours focused on improving and expanding community tree resources. Over 400 graduates of the program have donated in excess of 11,500 hours of community service back to their communities.

Why should you become involved?

The benefits are many. Most importantly, you will become a community leader and a source of knowledge about Iowa's trees. You can then: teach our youth, host ISU Extension meetings for homeowners, and develop and implement a sound community forest plan for your community. You also receive an extensive reference notebook, as well as the Iowa Urban Forest Council newsletter, Community Trees, and special staff admission rates to the Shade Tree Short Course the year following your graduation.

Who should you contact?

Jesse Randall, ISU Forestry Extension Specialist
Phone: 515-294-1168

This program is sponsored by the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Trees Forever.