“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.

The street trees of Durham need your help to look their best, and you could win some fabulous prizes by becoming a Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Keeper this Summer! We've expanded our Tree Keeper program to make sure the trees we've worked so hard to plant have their best chance at a long and healthy life by utilizing the OpenTreeMap app to update Durham Urban Forestry on the status of street trees and providing basic care like pruning, mulching, and staking. At the end of June, July and August, the person who has attended to the highest number of trees will receive a $25 gift card. At end of the three month period, all volunteers who have attended to at least 150 trees will receive a choice of their very own tree utility knife or pruner, and those who have attended at least 200 trees will receive a pruner holster. Best of all, those with highest number of trees attended to each month will be entered into a drawing for a 1-hour arborist consultation for their own personal yard!

Register Here for one of our upcoming Tree Keeper Training Events!

For information on training and to be added to the Tree Keeper roster, please contact Dan Hickey at Daniel.Hickey@durhamnc.gov.


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