“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”

Part of Keep Durham Beautiful's mission is to preserve and increase Durham's tree canopy. As part of this mission we train and ask for the help of our Tree Keepers.


Tree Keepers are volunteers who have accumulated the knowledge and skills to assist and serve a leadership role in volunteer tree planting events. Tree Keepers oversee small groups of volunteers, provide quality control, and teach others how to plant trees. We rely on our Tree Keepers to help us plant more trees than we could facilitate using just our small staff. They make our results exponential!

Want to become a Tree Keeper? Minimum requirements include attending two workshops: one on pruning and one on tree planting. After your training we ask that you attend at least one tree planting in that season and utilize your newfound skills to teach others the basics of tree planting care. Not only will you be a steward of the land, but you can share that joy and knowledge with people in your community!

Tree Keepers will have the opportunity to earn incentives and build upon their knowledge at select trainings throughout the year.

UPCOMING TRAINING Events                    

  • Our next training will teach Tree Keepers how to help beyond planting trees. Training will instruct volunteers how to inspect young trees, correct staking and protection problems such as straightening, tying, and placing trunk protection, and early pruning. Register here!


Thank you for being dedicated to Durham's canopy and the trees that make our city beautiful and healthy!