Become a Tree Care Advocate

Love trees and love people? You can learn the basics of tree care to steward your community’s trees with CFANS Tree Care Advisor Program (TCA). Sponsored by the Urban Forestry Outreach, Research and Extension (UFORE) lab in the Department of Forest Resources, TCA is a program that trains volunteers how to care for existing trees, how to selectively plant new ones, and how to engage with their community while doing so. 

Since its inception in 1993, TCA has trained over 500 volunteers who have logged over 97,000 volunteer hours, a value of over $2.4 million to Minnesota. Faculty and staff from the UFORE lab train Tree Care Advisors through initial core courses, totaling 30 hours of education and hands-on experience. Each core course is limited to 20 people to ensure that participants receive individualized attention. The core courses extend through five Saturdays on the St. Paul campus, covering topic areas such as best practices for tree planting, managing invasive species, pruning, diagnosing diseases, and mitigating storm damage.

With your training, you will receive the most up-to-date tree care information based on current CFANS research. You will also receive a tree care manual created solely for Tree Care Advisors, research updates and publications, a quarterly TCA newsletter, and discounts to other related programs and courses.

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