Katie Gibbons, a SEFS graduate student who is currently interning with the city of Seattle’s reLeaf program, reached out to us this week to share a tremendous opportunity for students to help nurture Seattle’s urban trees through the Tree Ambassador program!
A collaboration between the city of Seattle and Forterra, the Tree Ambassador program trains volunteers within certain project areas, such as leading tree walks or caring for street trees. Tree Ambassadors also have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and informative workshops on topics like pruning, tree identification and community engagement, and they can take part in other unique experiences like learning to climb trees with professional rigging, or touring local botanic treasures.
Seattle reLeaf—which you might recall is managed by SEFS alumna Jana Dilley—is currently recruiting new Tree Ambassadors in three project areas:
- Tree Walks: Show off your favorite trees in your favorite part of Seattle. You’ll learn the basics of making maps, identifying trees and creating walking routes to
engage your neighbors and coworkers in the urban landscape. Check out the tree walks current Tree Ambassadors have created!
Next training: Wednesday, March 12, and Saturday, March 15 (you must attend both)
- Landscape Renewal: Does seeing a tree choked by ivy drive you crazy? If so, this project track is for you. You’ll learn how to plan and organize small-scale renovation projects, including removing invasive plants, planting trees and understory plants, and mulching. You’ll learn how to develop a plan, recruit volunteers and lead work parties.
Next training: Wednesday, April 2, and Saturday, April 5 (you must attend both)
- Street Tree Stewardship: Never fear, young street trees, the Tree Ambassadors are here! Volunteers in this project area adopt street tree plantings and help the city’s young street trees thrive. Tree Ambassadors learn to plan work parties and recruit volunteers to mulch, weed and care for the trees that are essential to making Seattle’s neighborhoods walkable, sustainable, beautiful and healthy.
Next training: May 17
No previous tree experience is necessary for any of these project areas, and all volunteers who complete project training get a free t-shirt and name tag. If you are interested in learning more or applying to become a Tree Ambassador, please visit the program website or email Gibbons with any questions!
Photos © Seattle reLeaf.