Tree Tenders

Tree Tenders serve as urban forestry advocates and provide knowledgeable, committed volunteer support for the KIB Community Forestry team at planting projects, workshops, on pruning days, and more.

  • Why Tree Tenders?
    Why Tree Tenders?

    Tree Tenders are committed to planting trees in their communities, helping KIB Community Forestry with projects across the city, and leading small groups of volunteers. Among other things, their support is vital to the success of KIB’s events and mission, but if you need more reasons than that . . .

    • You will learn a ton about arboriculture as a Tree Tender.
    • Talk about being personally invested in KIB’s effort to plant 100,000 trees in Indianapolis!
    • Great rewards await those who complete various levels of volunteer service.
    • And just think of all the like-minded volunteers you’ll meet.
  • KIB Tree Tender Certification
    • Attend three three-hour Tree Tender training sessions provided by KIB
      • Tree Tender Basics Classroom Training: Thursday, February 23rd @ KIB from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
      • Planting/Watering Field Training: Wednesday, March 29th @ Kessler Park from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
      • Pruning Field Training: Thursday, April 13th @ the American Legion Mall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Volunteer at a minimum of three Community Forestry tree planting projects over the course of a calendar year
  • KIB Tree Tender Perks
    KIB Tree Tender Perks

    At increasing levels of volunteer achievement, the following items are available:

    • 101 Native Trees of Indiana by Marion T. Jackson
    • KIB logo gear
    • Deluxe soil knife
    • Hand pruners
    • And more!

    Seasonal program social gatherings also occur throughout the year, like pitch-ins, nature hikes, advanced training workshops, happy hours, and awards celebrations.

  • Apply

    Training is limited to late winter and early spring in advance each new year’s project seasons. To express interest in our 2017 classes please complete the form below, or for more information email Abby Dennis.

    Tree Tender Interest Form
  • Sponsors

    KIB’s programs would not be possible without donations and sponsorships from individuals and companies alike. If you are interested in supporting Tree Tenders, please email the KIB Development Team.