Iowa City and Cedar Rapids-area TreeKeepers workshops scheduled for October
Volunteers learn how take care of trees in their communities
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (Sept. 25, 2013) - 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, TreeKeepers 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 TreeKeepers handbook and a 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.
According to a Cedar Rapids TreeKeeper, "My favorite activities are workdays where we plant, prune, and mulch young trees. I love working with such a dedicated diverse group of volunteers of all ages, while having fun and making a difference in our community."
Support for TreeKeepers in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Corridor comes from the Johnson County Foundation, Rockwell Collins, Alliant Energy, International Paper, the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust and Trees Forever members.
To participate in the TreeKeepers program, or for more information, contact Heath Hupke at 319-640-0757 or email: email@example.com.
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.