Volunteering & Tree Tenders®

Volunteers are vital to building capacity among local governments to help care for their communities’ trees.


The Tree Tenders® training, a trademark of Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS) and developed in collaboration with Penn State Extension Urban Foresters and DCNR Bureau of Forestry staff, educates citizens about tree biology, tree planting, tree maintenance, and a suite of urban forestry practices. Upon completion of the training, Tree Tenders are poised to become advocates and volunteers in their community to help maintain their community trees.  Volunteers help build capacity among local government to understand, protect, and restore their community trees. By conducting tasks such as mulching, watering, pruning, and data collection and entry, volunteers help stretch communities resources. If you have any questions or would like to learn more please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Shea Zwerver (c-szwerver@pa.gov or 717-346-9583).


Upcoming Tree Tenders Trainings

Tree Tenders training’s are held by TreeVitalize partners throughout the year and across the state of Pennsylvania.


Tree Tenders Groups in Pennsylvania

Lancaster Tree Tenders