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Tree Keeper Training

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a four-part training to learn all about tree planting and learn how to help lead volunteers as a Durham County Tree Keeper!

Join Durham County Cooperative Extension, Keep Durham Beautiful, TreesDurham, and the City of Durham for a Tree Keeper Training Series! This four-part series will cover the basics of tree biology, planting, and care, and prepare you to lead small groups in tree plantings as a Durham Tree Keeper.

Classes will be taught by Ashley Troth, Durham County Extension Horticulture Agent, and Katie Rose Levin, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. For more information about the Durham Tree Keeper program, please visit https://keepdurhambeautiful.org/tree-keepers.

Dates: 9/9, 9/23, 10/7 and 10/14

Times: 10am – 12pm

Location: Durham County Cooperative Extension – 721 Foster Street

Price: $35 for all four sessions

Needs-Based Scholarships: If you are interested in the program, but are financially unable to pay the class fee, please contact Ashley Troth (ashley_troth@ncsu.edu).


Session 1: What Do Trees Need? | Sept 9, 2023 | 10am – 12pm

Learn the basics of tree biology, including what they need to grow and thrive. We’ll learn how to evaluate a site for tree suitability, and in the second part of class we’ll head outside for some real world site analysis.

Session 2: The Dig Deep Details of Tree Planting | September 23, 2023 | 10am – 12pm

Learn about how to set up a successful tree planting! We’ll start by learning about different trees, and what you might pick for your site. Then we’ll learn about the difference between bare-root, container, and ball & burlap trees, and how to properly plant each. We will talk a bit about the ergonomics of digging, and how to dig a hole that works for different sites. If all goes well, we’ll even plant a tree!

Session 2: Structural Pruning for Success | October 7, 2023 | 10am – 12pm

Just like many of us, trees need good structure when they are young to grow properly. Learn how to perform the initial structural pruning needed during the tree’s early growing years. We’ll spend time reviewing how trees grow to understand proper pruning techniques, how to decide which branches to cut and why, and what kinds of tools are needed for the job. Then we’ll head outside to practice what we’ve learned!

Session 3: Tree Planting Masters Session | October 14, 2023 | 10am – 12pm

Learn and apply your knowledge to help lead tree planting groups! We’ll start by learning why tree planting is so essential. Then we’ll learn how to train others to plant trees, talk about safety and group management, and prepare you to become an official Tree Keeper! This session will include a general review of everything learned in previous sessions, with a focus on leading small groups.

Image Credit: Keep Durham Beautiful


October 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


N.C. Cooperative Extension – Durham County Center
721 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States


N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County