Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards normally offer several free classes and tree ID walks during the year.  The walks have been 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 have been held at various locations including area libraries and Ivy Creek Natural Area.

This program was inactive from March to late October 2020 as we observed all the precautions needed to protect groups against the coronavirus outbreak.  The program was then reimagined as virtual offerings until we can meet in person again.


We have a full schedule of new sessions planned for the first half of 2021, offered on Zoom either on weekday evenings or weekends so that all can enjoy them.   The classes are free, but you need to register to receive the Zoom link.

  • Pruning landscape trees, Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. to noon, January 23.  See slides for this presentation here.
  • Tree identification by season: Winter, Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m., February 9.  See slides for presentation here.
  • Select, plant and care for trees, Saturday afternoon, 2:00-4:00 p.m., March 20.  See slides for presentation here.  Video for #41 Spade removing tree here. Video for #46 Planting a Tree Bare Root here
  • Tree identification by season: Spring, Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m., April 13.  See slides for presentation here.
  • Identify and control non-native invasive plants, Sunday afternoon, 2:00-4:00 p.m., May 23.  See slides for presentation here.
  • Tree identification by season: Summer, Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m.,  June 15.   See slides for presentation here.
  • Restoring the American chestnut,  Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m., July 20  Register here

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To help those who want an introduction to tree identification, we have developed a beginner’s guide to 20 native trees found in the Charlottesville 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 you can purchase a printed copy for $5.00 at the Virginia 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 next Tree Steward Training Class and volunteering, see Become a Tree Steward Volunteer.