“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                    

  • Saturday Jan 12: Tree Planting Basics - 11am at 102 E Piedmont Avenue (during our Tree Up Southside event)

  • Monday Jan 21: Tree Planting Basics - 1 pm at location TBD (during our MLK Day of Service with Fullsteam Brewery)

  • Instruction will be provided by Katie Rose Levin, Executive Director of TreesDurham, Tania Dautlick, Executive Director of Keep Durham Beautiful, and Alexander Johnson, Urban Forestry Manager


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