Educational Programs

TreeKeepers

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri’s TreeKeepers classes, presented by Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and sponsored in part by the Missouri Department of Conservation, are held each year in late spring/early summer.

This free, six week course  educates citizens about trees, their benefits and care, and provides practical, hands-on learning in six key areas: identification, biology, soils, planting, pruning, and insects and diseases. No prior experience required. Graduates are asked to provide 24 hours of volunteer service to Forest ReLeaf or in forestry-related projects in their community.

The 2020 session of TreeKeepers has passed – stay tuned for information for the next course!

Tree Camp

Students will learn basic tree biology and identification as well as the relationship between trees and birds, pollinators, fungus, soil, and water through nature arts, crafts, games, and more. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Dates: August 3-7, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: CommuniTree Gardens Nursery in Creve Coeur Park
Address: 2194 Creve Coeur Mill Road St. Louis, MO
Cost: $50.00, scholarships available
Ages: 5th & 6th Grade

Tree camp will be a bit different this year as the Forest ReLeaf staff works to ensure safety of campers and compliance with St. Louis County COVID-19 requirements:

  • There will be a maximum of eight campers.
  • Both staff and campers will be required to wear a face covering when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Lunch will not be served. Individually wrapped snacks will be available.
What hasn’t changed is the fun campers will have learning about relationships between trees and living organisms, taking tree measurements, and learning how to take care of and identify trees.
Thanks to generous support from The Conservation Federation of Missouri, the cost of Tree Camp will remain at just $50 for the week. Scholarships are available.

Please email [email protected] for more information or call 314-533-5323.

Limited Space Available – Register Here

Other Educational Opportunities

Aside from TreeKeepers, Forest ReLeaf’s forester also teaches various courses throughout the year through St. Louis Community College and Missouri Botanical Garden.

Course subjects include:

    • Tree ID
    • Small Native Trees & Shrubs
    • Forest Soils


    • Forest Ecology
    • Overview of Oaks

Classes and schedule vary each year and season and are announced via email when scheduled.

Resources for Teachers

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri’s program, The Missouri Forestkeepers Network, provides free lesson plans for teachers wishing to incorporate tree education in their curriculum. The program provides straightforward opportunities for students at all grade levels to become involved in data collection, identifying Missouri trees, data analysis, and report writing.

Course subjects include:

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