TreeKeepers

TreeKeepers work throughout the region to keep trees healthy, administering proper care and promptly recognizing and reporting harmful pests. Since 1991, nearly 2,000 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.

For more than 25 years, TreeKeepers have supported the work of local forestry officials, such as the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Chicago Park District, and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.

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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.