Heartland Tree Alliance offers educational training courses for those looking to learn more about trees. These are great courses for master gardeners, master naturalists, municipal employees, tree care companies, future volunteers or anyone looking to learn more about trees!
OrchardKeeper participants receive training in basic arboricultural principles for fruit trees. Through six hours of classroom learning and three hours of outdoor training, participants learn about food security, soils and basic tree biology, site suitability, selection of species, proper planting techniques, common insects and diseases, control methods, fruit management and pruning.
TreeKeeper participants receive training in environmental awareness and basic arboricultural principles for shade trees in our urban environment. Through twelve hours of classroom time and six hours of outdoor training, participants learn about tree identification, site suitability, proper planting techniques, after planting care and pruning.
Pruning for Beginners is a new 2-hour course on basic tree pruning skills for shade and ornamental trees. Fruit trees will NOT be discussed. Participants will learn through hands-on training and instruction about proper pruning tools, basic tree biology, types of pruning cuts, and how to make a proper cut. Space is limited to keep the teacher to student ratio low. The course serves a prerequisite for volunteers who would like to participate in pruning workdays throughout the metro.