2023 TreeKeepers Gathering culminates unprecedented year of stewarding Chicago region's trees

TreeKeepers Graduation

Openlands hosted the 2023 TreeKeepers Gathering and Graduation at the Garfield Park Conservatory on December 9. It was a fantastic celebration to welcome 66 newly Certified TreeKeepers to the region’s urban forestry community. The event had an amazing turnout from both the English and Spanish Courses. In 2023, TreeKeepers participated in 304 events, some of which were brand new thanks to TreeKeeper input. Many other events were planned, organized, and led by TreeKeepers such as pruning, planting, and mulching workdays as well as education and advocacy efforts. Scroll through the timeline below to explore highlights from last year!

TreeKeepers were encouraged to make new pledges for 2024 to expand their impact in their communities. Please scroll down past the timeline to read the pledges of some of our graduates and add your own.

January 11, 2023
Intro to iNaturalist
January 21, 2023
Tree Walk-West Ridge Nature Preserve
February 5, 2023
Dormant Tree ID Walk-North Park Village Nature Center
February 24, 2023
Bilingual Tree Walk-Garfield Park Conservatory
March 11-12, 2023
Intro to Fruit Tree Pruning

This is a new event thanks to TreeKeepers suggestions.

March 26, 2023
Spring 2023 TreeKeepers Course
April 29, 2023
Little Village TreePlanters Grant
May 6, 2023
Evanston TreeKeepers Planting
June 3, 2023
Inventory Training-Winnemac Park
June 15, 2023
Glenview TKs Walk, Talk, & Mulch Day
July 11, 2023
Summer/Verano 2023 Spanish TreeKeepers Course
July 26, 2023
Advanced Pole Pruning Training

This is a new event thanks to TreeKeepers suggestions.

July 29, 2023
1st Ward Stewardship
August 19, 2023
47th Ward EcoFest Tabling & Tree Walk
August 25, 2023
LaBagh Woods Pruning with FPCC and ARA
September 10, 2023
Inventory Training-Beniac Greenway
September 10, 2023
Edgewater Heritage Tree Survey

This is a new event thanks to TreeKeepers suggestions.

September 15, 2023
Tool Maintenance Workshop

This is a new event thanks to TreeKeepers suggestions.

October 1, 2023
Fall 2023 TreeKeepers Course
October 12, 2023
Lincoln Square TreePlanters Grant
October 21, 2023
40th Ward TreePlanters Grant
October 27, 2023
Wilmette TreeKeepers Pruning
November 4, 2023
Arlington Heights TreeKeepers Pruning
November 4, 2023
Downers Grove TreeKeepers Planting
November 11, 2023
Spotted Lanternfly Workshop
December 2, 2023
La Villita Park TreeKeepers Pruning

TreeKeeper Pledges

TreeKeepers are the eyes and ears on the ground for urban forestry. Here is what our attendees of the 2023 TreeKeeper Graduation pledged for the upcoming year to be champions for trees. 

Advocate for trees

Grow TK skills

Engage my community

TreeKeeper Pledge

Submit your TreeKeeper pledge and ideas for 2024.


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