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!


Join us for a spring class in Des Moines

or Cedar Rapids/Marion.

TreeKeepers pledge to keep their neighborhood trees maintained

Class Sponsors



Cedar Rapids TreeKeepers sponsors:
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • University of Iowa Community Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo
  • McIntyre Foundation
Iowa City TreeKeepers sponsors:
  • Rockwell Collins
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • University of Iowa Community Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo


Des Moines TreeKeepers sponsors:
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Principal Financial Group Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Prairie Meadows
And by Trees Forever Members.  

Thank You!