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Plan a Tree Care Event in Your Community!
Community tree care events are a great way to get to know your neighbors, spend time with friends, and take care of newly planted trees in your neighborhood.
Organizing an event is simple! To hold an event in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work with you as much or as little as you need to carry out a successful tree care event in your community. See the FAQ section below for more details, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions you have.
Tree Care Event FAQs:
What kind of events can we hold in my neighborhood?
- "Mulching Party" events focus on weeding and mulching tree pits, picking up litter, and other general beautification activities. All are welcome to attend Mulching Party events.
- "Pruning Workshops" are focused solely on pruning trees and are exclusive to graduates of our Tree Tenders program.
Are there specific times when I can schedule events?
- Yes. Tree Pittsburgh reserves Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as well as Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for Mulching Party or Pruning Workshop events. Exceptions can be made to accommodate religious observations or other extenuating circumstances.
Is there a minimum number of participants that need to sign up?
- Yes. Tree Pittsburgh requires at least 5 people to be signed up for an event in order for us to participate. We will help promote the event via our website and social media, but ultimately it is up to you to ensure that at least 5 members of your community are registered to participate.
Why should I ask for Tree Pittsburgh’s help rather than just do the work myself?
- When you partner with Tree Pittsburgh to care for your neighborhood trees, we can provide the following:
- Free mulch
- Tools, gloves, safety vests, and other useful materials
- Expert staff with experience leading volunteers and educating the public about trees
- Promotion of the event via social media, e-newsletter, events calendar, etc.
- Clearance of volunteer activities with the City of Pittsburgh’s Legal Department
Can I prune street trees on my own?
- In the City of Pittsburgh, it is illegal for citizens to prune public trees without a permit. Tree Pittsburgh has a permit to prune public trees which covers our volunteers as long as one of our ISA Certified Arborists is present to supervise the pruning.
How can I find information about Mulching Party or Pruning Workshop events happening around the city?
- All of Tree Pittsburgh’s open volunteer events are listed on our events page.
How can I find out if there are other Tree Tenders in my neighborhood and how to get in touch with them?
- Tree Pittsburgh does not distribute neighborhood contact lists, but we can facilitate contact between Tree Tenders in order to expand neighborhood networks. Contact us directly to plug into your neighborhood Tree Tender community.
How often should I hold events in my neighborhood?
- Each tree should be thoroughly weeded and mulched at least once between March and October (though maintenance weeding should be done as persistently as possible).
- Depending on how many trees there are and how many volunteers can be recruited, this may be accomplished in one event or spread over several events and several months.
- Pruning trees once per year during the winter months is ideal, although this can be flexible depending on tree species and health. Pruning Workshops should be scheduled with these factors in mind.
How do I get my free pair of Felco pruners?
- Following graduation from the Tree Tenders class, you must complete 8 hours of volunteer work, including one pruning workshop. Once complete, you will be eligible to receive your free pair of pruners.