The Trees Forever TreeKeepers program is designed for people who want to become more knowledgeable about urban tree planting and care and who wish to become a stronger voice for trees in their neighborhoods and communities. Participants in TreeKeepers will take part in hands-on and classroom presentations led by experienced Trees Forever staff members and other invited tree experts. All training will incorporate opportunities for practicing skills learned.  After completion of the TreeKeepers program, participants will be equipped with the knowledge of how to maintain our urban trees and plant trees for future generations. Trained TreeKeepers volunteers will be additional “eyes and ears” for trees in their neighborhoods and can share their knowledge with neighbors and key influencers.

TreeKeepers graduates will:

  • Actively participate in tree plantings in their neighborhood and the community.
  • Gain hands-on experience caring for street trees and park trees.
  • Protect community trees and be a tree ambassador.

Specifically, TreeKeepers will participate in a variety of classroom and hands-on training sessions, learning about:

  • Tree Identification & Biology
  • Proper Planting & Maintenance
  • Benefits of Trees
  • Urban & Community Tree Issues
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Engagement

Each class will also have a volunteer service component.  Help the trees in your community thrive by becoming a Trees Forever TreeKeeper!


Registration for spring classes is open in the following locations. Click to sign up:


Des Moines

Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor


TreeKeepers pledge to keep their neighborhood trees maintained

Class Sponsors


Des Moines TreeKeepers

  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Trees Forever members


Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor TreeKeepers

  • International Paper
  • McIntyre
  • Trees Forever members