Hawk sitting in a tree in Pittsburgh, PA, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from lil moe72’s photostream

Trees provide a myriad of benefits to our city and its residents. They clean our air, provide oxygen, and cool our streets and homes which lessens energy consumption. They help to control storm water runoff and increase our water quality. They lessen our stress and improve our mood. Tree Pittsburgh is dedicated to protecting and growing our urban forest and they have a class for you if you’d like to help keep Pittsburgh green one tree at a time.

On Saturday, March 2, you can attend a Tree Tender course in Homewood. Tree Tenders plant trees and caring for existing ones. The course covers subjects like urban forestry practices, tree biology, planting, pruning, and basic tree care. As a Tree Tender, you’ll be qualified to apply to get free trees for your community and to reap all the benefits they provide.

The course costs $40 and includes registration, materials, lunch, and instruction. Please note that Tree Tenders need to be at least 16 years-old. You will need to pre-register to attend. You can apply online here. To find out more about this course, and future classes, please go to their website here and here.

Tree Tender Course
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood Branch, 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (map)
Cost: $40
Pre-registration Required: Apply online here


Maple tree, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from _vernerdi’s photostream