Community Forester Training

Each year, Friends of the Urban Forest offers a series of classes taught by staff and premier guest speakers. Whether you are an experienced FUF volunteer, or are new to FUF’s programs, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and experience with trees. Become a Community Forester, and become a leader in the FUF community!

A man wearing a sweatshirt that says Citizen Forester

A Citizen Forester (now called Community Forester) participates in a Tree Tour of the Duboce Triangle neighborhood, February 2011.

What is a Community Forester?

Simply put, Community Foresters are FUF’s elite “Tree Corps.” With their experience in the field, and premier training in many areas of San Francisco Urban Forestry, Community Foresters are leaders in the FUF volunteer community.

How do I become a Community Forester?

Sign up for our upcoming Community Forester training! Each year the training is taught by premier guest speakers and our own FUF staff members, and consists of Thursday evening lectures, each followed by a Saturday morning field day.  The 2016 session is fully enrolled and underway, but by looking at the schedule for that training you can get an idea of what you’ll experience if you sign up for a future training.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the entire training is $250.  FUF will waive this fee for any volunteer who commits to spending 40 hours (about a half-day per month for a year) volunteering in a leadership position with FUF — we want you to put your new skills to work!

Otherwise, if you just want to take an individual class (Thursday/Saturday combo), the cost is $45.

A mature street tree in front of a restaurant

Friends of the Urban Forest planted this Red Flowering Gum (Corymbia ficifolia) in Hayes Valley in 1981, the year we began. It’s still thriving today. Photo by Lisa Guide.

How do I register?

Contact Blake Watkins by phone at 415-268-0774 or by email with our contact form.

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