Trees Forever offers training for Des Moines volunteers to become stronger voice for trees
TreeKeepers workshop scheduled for October 5 at Drake University
DES MOINES (Sept. 19) - Des Moines residents are invited to make a difference in their neighborhoods and the community by becoming TreeKeepers.
The volunteer training program 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.
"TreeKeepers have actively served as the 'eyes and ears' for our public trees by volunteering their time at tree care events in neighborhoods throughout Des Moines," says Des Moines municipal arborist David Jahn. "We are excited to continue the TreeKeepers program and to build a dedicated group of volunteers who will plant more trees and care for our valuable street trees in the area."
Participants in the TreeKeepers program will take part in a daylong session on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Drake University, with classroom instruction and hands-on study led by experienced Trees Forever staff members and other local tree experts.
The $30 cost includes a light breakfast and lunch, an official TreeKeepers handbook, and a t-shirt. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 234 at Drake's Meredith Hall. Registration is required.
TreeKeepers training incorporates opportunities for hands-on experience, as well as classroom sessions covering tree identification and physiology, proper planting and maintenance, the benefits of trees and more.
Upon completing the program, participants will be equipped with the knowledge of how to better maintain trees in their own backyard as well as the entire community, maximizing the benefits of trees for future generations.
"TreeKeepers will give residents the opportunity to participate in tree planting projects and protect our community trees," says Leslie Berckes, local Program Manager with Trees Forever. "Participants who have taken the class and participated in the tree care events look at trees in a different light, realizing the positive benefits good tree canopy cover provides."
Sponsors are the City of Des Moines, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, MidAmerican Energy, Principal Financial Group, Prairie Meadows and the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts.
To participate in the TreeKeepers program, or for more information, contact Leslie Berckes at (515) 681-2295 or email LBerckes@treesforever.org. Additional information on TreeKeepers and other Trees Forever programs can be found at www.treesforever.org.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.