Saint Paul Tree Steward

Upcoming Tree Steward Training

Looking to get involved as a Tree Steward for the City of Saint Paul?

Upcoming Tree Steward Training

In 2021, we will be offering hybrid online (Zoom) training and in-person field training. To ensure everyone's health and safety, class sections will be limited to 10 individuals

Fee: There is no fee!


  • July 9th, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm - Zoom presentation (link is provided in your registration receipt)
  • July 10th, 2021 from 9:00am to 11:00pm (Field Session 1) and 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Field Session 2)

Field Session Location: Como Park - meet on Jessamine Ave. south of McMurray Fields

Como Park - SP TS Field Session



Materials: You will be provided a digital version of the Tree Steward training manual prior to training.

Competency Assessment: After the Zoom and field training sessions, we do require that each volunteer complete a competency assessment. This will be available digitally and it is an open-book assessment. After you have successfully passed the assessment, you will receive a certificate of completion and a volunteer ID card for use in the field.

Safety Notes: 

  • We encourage those who are unvaccinated to please wear a mask. If you are vaccinated, you are welcome to follow CDC guidelines and not wear a mask. We also encourage everyone to continue social distancing as you are able.
  • Training staff will provide hand sanitizer and we encourage you use it as frequently as needed.
  • If you are feeling sick or under the weather, have tested positive for COVID, or suspect you may have been exposed leading up to training, please notify our team as we will happily provide a refund.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ashley Reichard at [email protected]!


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to sharing upcoming opportunities in Saint Paul!


Tree Steward Resources

Everyone who attended the Tree Steward training in Saint Paul received a paper copy of the Tree Steward Manual. A digital copy of the manual and powerpoint are available below. Also, check out the Reference Materials webpage to find more helpful resources regarding tree care.



The City of Saint Paul has been partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Tree Steward Program since 2016. Tree Stewards are a group of community-based volunteers trained in a range of topics predetermined by their community. Tree Steward training in Saint Paul began being offered as a part of the LCCMR Community Engagement Grant. Since that grant ended in 2018, Saint Paul has decided to continue offering the course. The Tree Steward Course includes information on best planting practices, watering of young trees, pruning suckers and sprouts, and developmental pruning on young trees.


Tree Stewards are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year or attending 3 county-hosted events and must recertify every 3 years by completing an updated recertification assessment.


Contact Information

For more information about volunteering please contact:

Tree Care Advocate Program: [email protected] 

Saint Paul:                                                         Adam Strehlow,                  [email protected]                        or at (651) 5632-2432.