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Check your hours: TreeKeepers Hours for Web OR Hours logged since 1-1-11 (shorter report) - updated 5-4-13
Upcoming Projects for TreeKeepers Volunteers:
Saturday, April 5-Forum Nature Area tree planting: Meet at Forum Nature Area parking lot at 8:00 a.m. We will be planting bare root and small container trees. Volunteers should bring gloves, we will supply the tools. The goal is to be done by noon. We have a lot of trees to plant (1700), so if we don't get them in the ground, we may have to schedule a second planting.
Saturday, April 12-Gans Creek Area: As a part of the Day of Caring, we have a group of AmeriCorps volunteers who are going to help us remove honeysuckle out at the Gans Creek Recreation Area. This project is open to theTreeKeepers as well. The more the merrier! This project will run from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Volunteers should bring gloves and water bottles, we will supply the tools. The work site is way back in the woods, so volunteers should be prepared to walk approximately 1/2 mile into the site.
Friday, April 25-Tree Wrap at the Parks Management Center, Cosmo Park: we will be processing the bare root seedlings from MDC for the give-a-way.
Saturday, April 26-Arbor Day Give-a-Way at the ARC/Columbia Farmer's Market: we will be handing out 1,000 bare root seedlings to the public. Volunteers should be there by 7:30 a.m. so we can be ready to go at 8:00 a.m. We will limit the number of volunteers to 20 due to the small area the booth is located. Volunteers do not need to bring anything but please dress for the weather.
Please contact us or call 874-7499 if you plan to attend a project.
What is the TreeKeepers Program?
Learn more about TreeKeepers via this City Channel Video!
TreeKeepers trains volunteers in proper care and maintenance of trees.
TreeKeepers agree to donate at least 36 volunteer hours
projects are scheduled on Saturday mornings. Training
includes the following subjects, with Saturday
Not only will you gain book knowledge, but you also will receive field training and experience to reinforce what you have learned. After completion of the course, you will be provided with opportunities to put your new knowledge into action in very visible ways, making a difference in your city.
TreeKeepers receive an official TreeKeepers polo shirt and a certificate when they have fulfilled 36 hours of volunteer service to tree projects.
Click here to view the 2013 TreeKeepers informational brochure, or contact us at volunteer@GoColumbiaMO.com.
- Complete the TreeKeepers course.
- Agree to assist the City in organized tree care
projects when available, donating at least 36 hours
of volunteer time. Projects take place on Saturday
mornings. Projects include a variety of activities including planting, pruning, mulching, invasives removal & general maintenance under supervision of the Forester.
- Use standard hand tools and equipment to plant, prune, remove, water fertilize, and mulch trees.
- Perform manual labor, including bending, stooping, digging, reaching, and lifting.
- Work cooperatively with City staff, volunteers, and general public.
- Work outdoors, often during varied weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.)
November 2010 planting on MKT Trail at Bridge 13
How can I participate?
or call 874-7499.
Class size is limited to 35 people; applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Return the completed application to: The Office of Volunteer Services at P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205 or fax to 573-874-7546. Questions? E-mail us at volunteer@GoColumbiaMO.com.