Trees Matter

Sign up for this Fort Worth program and learn how to care for urban trees

Sign up for this Fort Worth program and learn how to care for trees

Memorial Park 101: Tree Talk
You can help the trees of Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Memorial Park Conservancy

If you love the great outdoors and are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, Fort Worth has an opportunity for you.

You would be helping to preserve the city's urban forest, and you'd also acquire valuable skills on how to care for trees.

The city has a Citizen Forester program where participants get trained on planting, pruning, and maintaining trees in an urban environment, and is taking applications for its 2020 class.

It's open to anyone, whether you're a budding arborist or simply a tree enthusiast — and really, who is not a tree enthusiast?

Getting approved into the program means you take part in 10 sessions, held on the third Wednesday of each month from March 18 to December 16.

It's a full day: Training begins at 9 am and lasts until 4 pm, with an hour break for lunch. Not so great if you have a full-time 9-to-5 job, but maybe your boss would support your noble endeavor. It could happen.

Training locations vary, split between the Master Gardener's Training Room at 1801 Circle Dr.; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; and a couple of field excursions to offsite locations to develop some hands-on experience.

Once you go through the training, you get certified, and then put those skills to use helping take care of the trees in public places like parks, along street medians, in school yards, and other places throughout the city.

The Citizen Forester program is sponsored by the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council. You can apply here or learn more about the program on their website.

But hurry! Citizen Forester applications are due by February 10.