TreeKeepers

Please note: The spring 2018 TreeKeepers course is now fully subscribed. You can email TreeKeepers@openlands.org to join the waiting list and to receive information on future courses.

TreeKeepers work throughout the region to keep trees healthy, administering proper care and promptly recognizing and reporting harmful pests. Since 1991, more than 1,800 trained volunteers have provided eyes and ears on the ground year round in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland to identify potential tree-related problems and lead neighbors in tree planting and tree care.

TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy. They are passionate ambassadors who help educate their neighbors as well as their public officials about the importance of trees for the greater good.

Photo: Marwen

About the TreeKeepers Course

The TreeKeepers certification program, which Openlands began in 1991, has trained nearly 2,000 volunteers to conserve, protect, and advocate for the region’s urban forest.

TreeKeepers Resources

Openlands TreeKeepers can find information here to assist in their work in the field to care for Chicago’s urban forest and our region’s diverse tree populations.