Openland’s TreeKeepers

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Openlands’ TreeKeepers are trained volunteers who work throughout the region to keep trees healthy, administering proper care and promptly recognizing and reporting harmful pests. Since 1991, more than 1,800 trained volunteers have provided eyes and ears on the ground year-round in neighborhoods all over the Chicago area to identify potential tree-related problems and lead neighbors in tree planting and tree care.

Through the TreeKeeper course, tree lovers of all ages and backgrounds gain accessible training and education that certify them as an official TreeKeeper. The month-long course gives students an appreciation for trees in our region, knowledge about urban forestry in the age of climate change, and best practices in tree planting and care to build a more resilient urban forest.

After completing the program, they are certified to care for, protect, and plant trees with Openlands. Through the TreeKeepers community, TreeKeepers can volunteer for and lead tree planting events, participate or organize their own pruning days, and take part in continuing education and advocacy programs.

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