Join Tree Pitts­burgh for a vari­ety of engag­ing class­room and field learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties year-round. These pro­grams fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion, prompt dis­cus­sion and train us all to become bet­ter stew­ards of our com­mu­ni­ty and urban forests. Tree Pitts­burgh staff, ISA Cer­ti­fied Arborists, guest lec­tur­ers, or Her­itage Nurs­ery staff run all pro­grams. For all events, we require online reg­is­tra­tion through Eventbrite in advance.

Tree Tenders

Tree Ten­ders are on the front lines of car­ing for the urban for­est. Tree Ten­ders is our flag­ship course that teach­es you all about trees and how to become an advo­cate for them in your neigh­bor­hood. This course cov­ers urban forestry prac­tices, tree biol­o­gy and health, basic tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, prop­er prun­ing and main­te­nance, and instruc­tion on how to lead your com­mu­ni­ty in orga­niz­ing tree plant­i­ngs and tree care.

You can learn more about Tree Ten­ders here.

2022 Sched­ule
Sep­tem­ber 10, 2022
Decem­ber 10, 2022
Check our Events Cal­en­dar to learn more and register!

Tree Identification Walks

Want to know more about the trees around you? Learn basic tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion skills with Tree Pittsburgh’s Cer­ti­fied Arborists. Dis­cov­er trees dur­ing every sea­son: Flow­ers in spring, sum­mer leaves, seeds, nuts, and fruits of fall (as well as beau­ti­ful col­or), and the bark, buds, and branch struc­ture of win­ter. Hikes are not appro­pri­ate for small chil­dren and include walk­ing up hills in parks and ceme­ter­ies off the pavement.
Walks are $10 for reg­is­tered Tree Ten­ders and $15 for the gen­er­al public.

These two-hour walks are geared for adults and not appro­pri­ate for chil­dren under 16. Please do not bring pets to the walks.
Tree Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Walks count toward both Penn State and Phipps Mas­ter Gar­den­er Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion Credits.

2022 Sched­ule
Win­ter: Home­wood Cemetery
Check our Events Cal­en­dar in the fall for dates and reg­is­tra­tion links!

For ques­tions please call Maeve Raf­fer­ty at 412–781-8733 X214 or

Programs in your Community

These pro­grams are part of Tree Pittsburgh’s offer­ings for your group or com­mu­ni­ty. Con­tact Com­mu­ni­ty Edu­ca­tion Coor­di­na­tor Joe Stavish ( to sched­ule one today.
Gen­er­al Tree Walk 

Want to learn more about the trees in your neigh­bor­hood or com­mu­ni­ty and dis­cov­er the impor­tance they serve? This 1.5–2‑hour walk will be tai­lored to inves­ti­gate the trees along the streets and in parks, ceme­ter­ies, or com­mu­ni­ty spaces. Learn basic tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­niques and inter­est­ing nat­ur­al his­to­ry facts. Walks can occur dur­ing any sea­son! Group size should not exceed 25 par­tic­i­pants total.

Urban and Com­mu­ni­ty Forestry Talk 

Sched­ule a vis­it for Tree Pitts­burgh to present at your next meet­ing, com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing, or club. We will intro­duce the mean­ing of urban forestry and dis­cuss past, present, and future plans for Pittsburgh’s urban for­est. Learn about the envi­ron­men­tal ser­vices pro­vid­ed by trees, com­mon stress issues, pests and dis­ease that trees face, and gen­er­al tree care. Dis­cov­er the Tree Ten­ders cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, the Her­itage Nurs­ery, and dis­cuss edu­ca­tion­al and vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties available.

Fes­ti­val and Neigh­bor­hood Tabling Opportunities 

Inter­est­ed in hav­ing Tree Pitts­burgh set up a table at a com­mu­ni­ty event or fes­ti­val? Con­tact us at least four weeks in advance to dis­cuss the possibilities.

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