Vermonters in Action

SOUL Tree Stewards

Are you passionate about trees?

Are you interested in learning more about trees, tree care, and local stewardship of trees?

Do you want to make a difference in your community?

The Vermont Tree Steward Program trains stewards and advocates for the trees, forests, and green spaces in which we live, work, and play. With 15 years of course offerings and more than 400 program participants, this educational and community leadership training is a great opportunity for Vermont citizens.  

The Vermont Tree Steward Program is offered by the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, a joint initiative between the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Presenters for the course sessions are professionals in the field and represent a variety of organizations.  

Vermont Tree Stewards Course- next course TBD

The multi-class program is designed for individuals who are interested in:

  • Enhancing their understanding of trees and proper tree care.
  • Understanding urban forestry as a field and in the context of Vermont.
  • Being part of a cohort of regional citizens who are committed to improving their community's environmental, social, and economic quality through trees.

About The Program

The Vermont Tree Stewards Program is a 4 week, evening course. The curriculum offers a combination of in-person presentations, assigned readings and activities, small group discussions, and hands-on engagement with course material. Program participants not only gain technical skills related to understanding the biology, function, health, and benefits of trees in populated areas, but also learn about issues and considerations for tree stewardship in our communities.

Specifically, course topics include:

  • Tree identification
  • Tree planting
  • Tree maintenance and pruning
  • Tree health
  • Threats to urban and community forests
  • Species and site selection: right tree for the right place
  • Trees and public policies 
  • Tools for assessing and understanding trees in communities
  • Communicating the benefits and value of trees


Contact Gwen at 802-651-8343, ext 506 or