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 (see “How do I register” below)!  We’re now accepting registration for the Spring 2019 training.  Each year the training is taught by premier guest speakers and our own FUF staff members.  Topics include San Francisco ecology and street tree identification, proper tree planting procedures, street tree biology and structural pruning, fruit tree biology and structural pruning, community advocacy and volunteer leadership, and plant data collection with citizen science projects.  Have a look at the schedule for a previous training to get an idea of what you’ll experience.

What’s the schedule?

The training includes classroom lectures on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm​ in FUF’s office (see location here) and field sessions on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm​. The Spring 2019 training will happen on these dates:

  • January 23 & 26
  • January 30 & February 2
  • February 6 & 9
  • NOTE no sessions on February 13 & 16
  • February 20 & 23
  • February 27 & March 2
  • March 6 & 9

How much will it cost?

The cost of the entire training is $300, but FUF will waive this fee for any volunteer who commits to spending 20 hours volunteering in a leadership position with FUF — we want you to put your new skills to work!

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 Atalanta by phone at 415-268-0772 or by email with our contact form.