Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards normally offer several free classes and tree ID walks during the year.  The walks are offered at public places and historic sites such as the future site of the McIntire Botanical Garden, James Monroe’s Highland, Darden Towe Park, Pen Park, and the Downtown Parks.  Classes are held at various locations including area libraries and Ivy Creek Natural Area.

While we all take precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak, this program will be inactive until further notice.  We will announce resumption of the program on this website or you can request to be on our mailing list for notification of CATS events by writing to

In the meantime, if you would like to learn some tree identification now or teach your children about the trees in your yard or neighborhood, we have developed a beginner’s guide to 20 native trees found in our area.  We also recommend Common Native Trees of Virginia published by the Virginia Department of Forestry.  It is available as a PDF file here, or, when life returns to normal, you can purchase a printed copy for $5.00 at the Dept of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville.   This well-illustrated book describes 77 of the most common native tree species found in Virginia’s forests.  As an introductory guide for tree identification, it provides full-page descriptions of each tree as well as a useful key to various features that can help you when you encounter an unknown tree.

For information on the annual New Tree Steward Training Class and volunteering, see Become a Tree Steward Volunteer.