Free classes, but you must register!


       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, Delaware, 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. Forest Service; 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 at

For more information on TreeVitalize visit

TreeVitalize Brochure (PDF - requires the free Adobe Reader)


Class Schedule:

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 5th St., 5th Floor
Sept. 14, 21 and 28, from 5:45 - 8:45 p.m.

Delaware County
Ridley Creek State Park, Park Office – Hunting Mill Mansion, Media
Oct. 11, 18 and 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Chester County
West Chester Borough Municipal Building, 401 Gay St., West Chester
Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.