TreeKeeper Volunteer Activities

Thank you for being a dedicated TreeKeeper and helping to improve the urban forest in the Des Moines metro area! Your work ensures that our trees provide numerous benefits such as stormwater retention, cool shade, wildlife habitat, oxygen, and more!
As a TreeKeeper volunteer, you are asked to donate 10 hours of your time per year to help maintain and improve our urban forest. Trees Forever and the City of Des Moines offer workdays throughout the year with the goal of hosting six workdays at about three hours per day. Projects that YOU can organize include, but are not limited to:
  • Water! Water on your own or invite the adjacent property owner to water a thirsty tree.
  • Light pruning when season permits.  City will pick up debris.
  • Weed, remove grass, and mulch around trees. City will provide mulch.
  • Organize a tree committee in your neighborhood.
  • Advocate. Let city council, the mayor, and your neighbors know about the importance of trees. Attend tree-related events at City Hall.