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 remaining spring TreeKeeper Classes have been moved from the great physical classroom at Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery to an ONLINE webinar platform. We will be partnering with University of Missouri Extension to deliver the new digital TreeKeeper program starting March 24, complete with live discussion and valuable Q&A. This change will allow more people across the state to participate in individual TreeKeeper sessions.
The course will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm ending on April 7th.
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: June 1-5, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
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
Dates: June 8-11, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Little Creek Nature Center
Address: 2295 Dunn Road Florissant, MO
Ages: 6th Grade, must be in Ferguson/Florissant School District
Please email [email protected] for more information or call 314-533-5323.
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
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: