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Indiana Community Tree Steward Training, Valparaiso
Start Date: 10/2/2020Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 10/2/2020End Time: 4:00 PM
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Event Description:
Friday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
444 W 100N | Valparaiso, IN 46385
Ages 18+
Price: $35.00

Become an Indiana Tree Steward! This two-day course will cover urban forestry topics like:
- soils
- tree physiology
- tree care and maintenance
- identifying tree defects
- diagnosing tree pests and diseases
- tree selection
- benefits of trees
- volunteer opportunities

With outdoor sections in:
- tree identification
- proper pruning
- proper planting

The Tree Steward program is a two-day course for adults who wish to learn about the disciplines of forestry in an urban setting. The Tree Steward program focuses on a broad range of topics related to the urban forestry discipline. Participants who complete the course are asked to donate 15 hours of volunteer service to their community or state urban forestry programs. These hours can include tree planting, maintenance and care, advocacy for the urban forest, presentations on tree planting, care, or engaging and involving citizens in urban forestry.

The course is approximately 16 hours in length, includes lecture and hands on learning opportunities both indoors and out of doors, and includes a test at the end. Those who complete the course, take the required exam, and complete their 15 hours of service will receive a certificate signed by the State Forester, a copy of 101 Trees of Indiana, and another recognition item. 

Registration information and payment can be completed online through the Gabis Arboretum here:

Registration fee includes a boxed lunch each day, print materials, and a flash drive with additional resources.

***If you registered for the May dates before the class was rescheduled due to COVID-19, you do NOT need to register again. Your initial registration will be honored. 

The situation surrounding COVID-19 will continue to be closely monitored. Safety recommendations and best practices at the time of the event will be followed, and are not limited to delaying the event again if needed. Once registered, any major event changes will be communicated via email. 

Please contact Abby Krause at and include "Valparaiso Tree Stewards" in the subject line with any questions.

Registration will close on Thursday, September 24th or when the class is full, whichever comes first.
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Name: Abby Krause
Phone: 317-234-6741
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