Sherwick Tree Steward Training Program

Holden Forests & Gardens and Western Reserve Land Conservancy have partnered to provide Sherwick Tree Steward Trainings where interested individuals learn how to plant, care for and maintain trees. Training residents to maintain existing and newly planted trees is critical to the success of the Cleveland Tree Plan and our collective reforestation work. Together we can reforest the Forest City!

Click here for a list of upcoming Sherwick Tree Steward Trainings. Click here to sign up for Tree Steward Training program notification. 


Goals of the Sherwick Tree Steward Training program:

  • Provide quality tree care and increase public awareness and appreciation for sustainable urban forests in communities and municipalities facing financial and political constraints
  • Empower a committed group of volunteers
  • Provide tree-based training and service learning opportunities for volunteers
  • Ensure every tree planted is properly cared for
  • Supply trees to communities through the Reforest Our City grant program

Tree Steward Training objectives:

  • Tree Stewards will engage neighbors, block clubs, church groups, community development corporations and others in tree planting and maintenance
  • Tree Stewards will share important tree care and planting information with their communities
  • Tree Stewards will help train and manage volunteers


  • Attend Tree Steward Training classroom workshops, Parts 1 & 2
    • Part 1: Urban & Community Forestry, Tree Biology, Identifying Trees, & Tree Stress
    • Part 2: Soils, Tree Planting, Pruning & Tree Care
  • Attend Tree Steward Field Training workshops, Parts 3 & 4 (stewards must have attended Parts 1 & 2 before attending these workshops; Parts 3 & 4 can be done in any order)
    • Part 3: Tree Health Assessments and Pruning
    • Part 4: Site Selection, Soil & Mulch Preparation, & Planting
  • Believe in the value of trees to a community and have the desire to make a difference
  • Have an interest in learning more about arboriculture
  • Be able to do moderate physical work
  • Have the willingness and desire to work in diverse communities


  • Complimentary classes, tools, invitations to special events and recognition programs
  • Opportunity to make a positive difference in the community
  • Opportunities to learn basic arboriculture skills and to share your skills and passion with others
  • Meet new people who share similar beliefs and enjoy caring for the outdoors