Citizen Arborist Program
Is the health of the urban forest important to you?
Become a Citizen Arborist! By becoming a Citizen Arborist, you will be on the front lines of growing a healthy urban forest and improving the environment of Los Angeles.
A Citizen Arborist is a community member who receives comprehensive training in industry standard tree planting and maintenance practices and who uses their training to plant and care for trees and be a resource to educate, train, and support other community members in the continual care of the Los Angeles urban forest.
Citizen Arborists form a trusted network of highly trained community members who plant and care for trees and address tree maintenance issues in their local neighborhoods. They help lead local community tree plantings and tree care events, and mentor community tree care teams so that the city’s tree canopy grows and thrives.
To become a Citizen Arborist you must complete the FREE eight week training program. It consists of seven classes of in-class study and field experience plus a final exam to make sure you know your tree stuff. After completing the program, you receive an official Citizen Arborist certificate, name badge and TreePeople tee shirt. You will benefit from practical hands-on training by an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist who brings expertise to such topics as how to plant and care for trees, tree anatomy and physiology, pruning, pest and disease management, and tree identification.
2014 Winter and Spring Training
All classes are 9 AM to 1 PM
- 2014 Winter/Early Spring Session: Jan 26 - March 22. Apply Now!
- One Sunday (January 26) and seven Saturdays (February 1, 8, 22 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22)
- 2014 Spring Session: March 29 - May 31. Apply Now!
- All Saturdays (March 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17 and 31)
You must be at least 16 years old. As a Citizen Arborist you agree to be part of TreePeople’s citywide tree care and planting network. While you are providing tree care to your community you will also be asked to make yourself available to support other folks in your local area. This may include answering questions via email or phone, or going to look at a tree onsite. Every 3 years you are expected to have completed 60 hours of community work to renew your status as a Citizen Arborist. Minimum requirement of 10 hours completed each year.
While the program is free, it is meant for those who want to be trained as a resource for their community. If you are a match for the program we will send you a confirmation of your admittance and information on the upcoming class schedule. Other applicants will be directed to a training that best fits their goals.
For further information contact Linda Eremita – firstname.lastname@example.org.