Educational Offerings 2015

Join Tree Pittsburgh for a variety of arboreal education in 2015!  Classes are taught by Tree Pittsburgh's staff and ISA Certifed Arborists, as well as guest lecturers and Seedling Nursery staff.  Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid.  After you register, you will be directed to a payment site, or you can send a check to: Tree Pittsburgh, 5401 Butler Street, Second Floor, Pittsburgh PA, 152061.


Tree Tenders Course: $40,

scholarships available upon request

Tree Pittsburgh's flagship urban forestry and tree care course is offered multiple times in 2015.  The Tree Tender Course prepares you to apply for trees through TreeVitalize, and care for trees in your neighborhood.  The course is $40 and includes all materials, a light breakfast and lunch, and a t-shirt.  Scholarships are available.  Click here for more information or to register.                     





Tree Identification Walks:  $10  

Want to know more about the trees around you?  Learn basic tree identification skills with Tree Pittsburgh’s Certified Arborists.  

Cost is $10 per walk, receive a Trees of Pennsylvania mini guide to take home.

Space is limited to 15 particicpants for each walk. 

These 2 hour walks are geared for adults and not appropriate for children under 16.

Tree Identification Walks count toward both Penn State and Phipps Master Gardener Certification Continuing Education Credits.

July 22, 6-8pm Mellon Park

October 10, 9-11am Homewood Cemetery (a National Arboretum)

December 5, 9-11am Allegheny Commons Park

Questions? call or email Joe Stavish at 412.781.8733 or





Advanced Tree Tenders Classes:  $10 each

As a way to enhance and expand your knowledge of the urban forest and take you training to the next level; a new series of classes and walks is being offered exclusively for Tree Tenders this fall and winter.  

Topics include: 

Mushrooms: (August 1, 10am-1pm Hartwood Acres Park)

Discover fall mushrooms and learn to identify the species found in the leaves, bark, and decomposing logs throughout our communities. Join a local mycologist (fungi expert) from the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club on this exciting walk into the often overlooked world of mushrooms. (We will not be eating anything collected)

Wild Edibles: (October 10, noon-2pm Frick Park)

Are you interested in learning how to locate, identify, and sustainably harvest the wild edible plants of Pittsburgh and the surrounding regions?  Join us as we invite local foragers from to instruct and identify the many wild edible plants growing right in our communities. (We will not be eating local flora, simply identifying and learning which plants can be prepared and eaten.)

Owl Prowl: (November 5: 6-8pm North Park) Register HERE

Explore the nocturnal world of Pennsylvania owls. The first of local birds to nest, owls breed and lay eggs during the winter. Discover what adaptations these raptors have to help them survive the cold. Learn what species may be nesting in your backyard and discover the sounds and calls of these nocturnal creatures. Enjoy a night hike through North Park in Allegheny County. Call for owls and see what is out there. 

Seed collection and Propagation: (Mid-October through November, dependent of fall season)

Come collect local tree seeds this fall and learn how to store, plant, and germinate some diverse trees growing in the Pittsburgh region. Each participant will collect and take home seeds, growing medium and containers for germinating a piece of the urban forest.

Advanced Tree ID walk: (November 21, 9-11am Riverview Park) Register HERE

Learn to identify trees without the leaves. Even though most trees have dropped their leaves until spring, identification can be done through examination of the leaf and flower buds and bark. Learn techniques for identification of some common backyard and urban forest trees. 

Pole Pruning Workshop: (November-December)

Learn how to evaluate a tree for pruning and make proper pruning cuts using a pole pruner and saw. Practice your skills outdoors on public trees. All equipment will be provided for the class.


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