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 held on Saturdays 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 course is typically limited to 50, and an announcement is sent out each spring with registration details. Check back for information about the 2015 course, or sign up for our email announcement list.

Other Educational Opportunities

Aside from TreeKeepers, Forest ReLeaf’s forester Mike Walsh 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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