Become a Tree Steward: Workshop and Class Available in Brooklyn

by Heather Van De Mark on

Do you ever wonder who takes care of the street trees on your block? It’s entirely possible that no one does! Sad abandoned trees–won’t someone speak for the trees?! Maybe, you? The NYC Parks Department plants street trees (you can even visit the Parks website and request a free street tree), but the responsibility of maintaining, watering and beautifying the tree beds is not directly looked after by any particular agency (at least, it doesn’t rank high on their priority list.)

MillionTrees NYC Adopt A Tree Map.

There are two opportunities coming up in May to teach you how to be a tree steward!

MillionTrees NYC is holding a “Tree LC” workshop in Brooklyn
At this free tree care workshop, you’ll learn about the MillionTrees NYC program, how to identify trees in NYC, how the city benefits from these trees, and how to properly care for street trees.

“Workshops are focused on active tree care, so come ready to get your hands dirty and care for street trees along the sidewalk. Please dress for light gardening work, wear close-toed shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Children are always welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult. All participants will care for trees using small gardening tools and watering buckets.”

Wednesday May 21 from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Corner of Nostrand Ave & Sterling Pl, Crown Heights
More Information & to Register

TreesNY is hosting a Citizen Pruner course in Brooklyn
TreesNY offers a 12 hour Citizen Pruner Course consisting of four 2-hour in-class sessions and one 4-hour field outing. The comprehensive curriculum includes tree biology, street tree identification, common tree problems and solutions, tree stewardship and pruning. The Saturday field outing is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice pruning with their peers under the tutelage of their teacher.

Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive a license from TreesNY and NYCParks to legally prune NYC street trees. Trees New York is the only institution designated to train and license Citizen Pruners in New York City.

“Stewardship and pruning hugely reduces a tree’s vulnerability to pervasive urban threats such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic, drought and storms. In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provide a tremendous benefit to our urban environment.”

5-week Session begins Wednesday, May 14 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Cost: $100, Certification good for 5 years
For More Information and to Register

And there will be many young, freshly planted trees in need of TLC courtesy of 2013 Participatory Budgeting. One of the winning projects for Community District 33 was money for the planting of street trees district-wide.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.