Free classes, but you must register!
TREEVITALIZE TO TEACH CITIZENS HOW TO PLANT
AND CARE FOR TREES THIS FALL
HARRISBURG: TreeVitalize, a partnership to restore
tree cover in the five-county region in Southeastern Pennsylvania, will
offer classes this fall to educate
residents about planting and caring for trees starting Sept. 14.
The training course is designed for lay people and experts alike, and will
offer nine hours of classroom and field training covering: tree biology; urban
stresses; tree identification; pruning; root care; fundraising; media outreach;
volunteer management and working with local governments.
Fall is a great time for planting, and we are looking to educate a new
group of volunteers who are passionate about restoring tree cover in the
five-county region so they can join us in projects this season,” Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Michael DiBerardinis
said. DCNR spearheads the TreeVitalize project with many public
and private partners. The training was designed and is being taught
by staff from the Pennsylvania
Horticultural Society and Penn State Cooperative Extension.
Students are expected to volunteer time to community tree planting projects
in exchange for training. Groups also may qualify for free or discounted
trees upon completing the program.
TreeVitalize aims to educate as many as 2,000 citizens in tree planting and
care over the next three years. The $8 million program also has a goal of
planting more than 20,000 shade trees in neighborhoods in Bucks, Chester,
Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
DCNR has partnered with: the state Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP); Aqua Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Eagles; PECO, an Exelon Co.; U.S.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Morris Arboretum; William Penn Foundation;
Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association; and county and local governments.
Registration is required. Classes are open to all residents
of the five-county region. For more information, contact Mindy Maslin at
the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at (215) 988-8844 or register online
For more information on TreeVitalize visit www.treevitalize.net.
TreeVitalize Brochure (PDF - requires the free Adobe Reader)
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 5th St., 5th Floor
Sept. 14, 21 and 28, from 5:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Ridley Creek State Park, Park Office – Hunting Mill Mansion, Media
Oct. 11, 18 and 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.
West Chester Borough Municipal Building, 401 Gay St., West Chester
Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.