So you want to be a tree keeper?

Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering citizens the opportunity to learn about trees and tree care through its popular Tree Keepers course.

According to information from the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Tree Keepers course includes 16 hours of instruction in both classroom and hands-on field settings by the region’s top foresters.  Participants in the course learn about trees from the ground up, literally.  Topics covered include soils, tree benefits, the internal workings of a tree, how to identify different species, proper pruning methods for young trees, choosing the right tree for the right place, proper planting and mulching techniques and common tree problems.

The goal is for graduates to become an active member of Heartland Tree Alliance’s corps of volunteers who help take care of community trees through pruning and planting events throughout the year. Additionally, citizens will gain valuable knowledge about caring for their own trees.

There are two upcoming opportunities to take Tree Keepers on both sides of the state line:

  • Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. beginning October 15 through November 12. Saturday field days from 9:00 a.m. – noon on October 26 and November 9.
  • Shawnee Civic Center on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning September 5 through October Saturday field days from 9:00 a.m. – noon on September 14 and September 28.


  • Heartland Tree Alliance is a program of Bridging The Gap, the region’s primary environmental education organization.  The Heartland Tree Alliance mission is to engage people of the Greater Kansas City region to take action and advocate for a healthy community forest.
  • To sign up or learn more about Tree Keepers or Heartland Tree Alliance, please contact Noelle Morris at 816-561-1061, ext. 115 , or email
  • The cost for the course and materials is $50.
  • Online registration
  • Registration closes September 1.

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