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Class: Tree Planting Workshop (Team Leader-Qualifying Course)

Casey Trees

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Choose this role if you are a qualified Citizen Forester who agrees to lead other volunteers to plant trees. Team Leaders for the workshop are required to arrive at 10 to attend a brief training prior to the planting.
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Event Details

This workshop is the first step in becoming a Citizen Forester Team Leader and earning that coveted red vest. Team Leader candidates will learn how to select and prepare a tree planting site and properly plant the tree to ensure its survival. Additionally, we will cover techniques critical to maintaining tree health, including mulching and watering. Since you will be tasked with leading other volunteers during future planting events, the workshop will also equip you with the skills needed to manage and direct groups of novice volunteers. 

After lunch, attendees will break into groups and test their new skills as we plant 30 trees on a hillside on the grounds of the National Zoo.

Successful completion of this course qualifies you as a Citizen Forester. To become a Team Leader, candidates must participate in two Community Tree Plantings during the Fall 2014 season, where they will work with a mentor to practice what they learned in this workshop. Once approved by a Team Leader Mentor, the candidate will be eligible to lead a team of 3 to 4 novice volunteers at a Casey Trees Community Tree Planting.

Getting There

Take the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo entrance is halfway between these stops and both are a short walk from the Zoo. Metrobus line L2 stops at the Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance and the H2 stops at the Zoo's Harvard Street entrance. The pedestrian entrance is on Connecticut Avenue and close to our meeting location at the Visitor Center. Parking at the National Zoo costs  $22.

The class will begin indoors at the Visitor Center before participants move outside to plant.


Sue Erhardt, Director of Education, Casey Trees

Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting, Casey Trees, ISA Certified Arborist

Becky Schwartz, Arborist, Casey Trees

Who Should Attend?

This class is designed for participants who wish to become Team Leaders and help Casey Trees at future plantings by instructing other volunteers. Space is limited so please consider whether you can make the commitment to helping with future Casey Trees plantings.

The planting site is on an incline. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to participate given the planting location please let us know. 


  • All volunteers must sign a completed volunteer waiver form on the day of the event before participating. Children under 18 years of age must have their parent or legal guardian sign a consent form and be supervised by an adult at all times. We will ask you for personal, emergency contact and health information during the registration process.
  • No specific skills required. Each event starts with a tool safety and planting demonstration. Volunteers plant alongside experienced Citizen Foresters and staff.
  • Register in advance. Space is limited. If your plans change prior to the event, please update your registration status so we are sure to have the necessary number of volunteers.
  • Arrive on time. Check-in opens a half hour prior to the indicated start time and volunteers must be present for the tool safety demonstration at the start of the event.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Closed toe shoes are required.


All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast and lunch. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.

Continuing Education Credits

ISA Continuing Education Credits available.

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When & Where

Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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