Take Free ‘Trees 101’ Course Saturday

Casey Trees Teaches Tree Identification, Understanding

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Learn how to identify and understand the trees that line your street, shade your yard and make DC feel like home with Casey Trees this Saturday. Image: Casey Trees
Learn how to identify and understand the trees that line your street, shade your yard and make DC feel like home with Casey Trees this Saturday. Image: Casey Trees

Join Casey Trees at a free Trees 101 class on Saturday, August 25 at Kenilworth Recreation Center (1300 44th St NE).

All attendees will be provided with coffee in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. Please note your dietary restrictions and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.

Trees 101 provides a foundation in tree anatomy, basic tree identification and an overview of how trees function to provide the benefits we enjoy in the urban forest. It is also the first step in becoming a Casey Trees Citizen Forester.

Register online. The course is free and open to the general public for anyone interested in learning about trees and their benefits and becoming a Citizen Forester.

Citizen Foresters turn this knowledge into action by helping:

  • Plant, prune, mulch and water trees in all 8 wards.
  • Monitor the health of the urban forest through tree inventories.
  • Educate others on the importance of trees by staffing informational booths at farmers’ markets and local festivals.
  • Advocate for trees whenever and wherever possible.

Can’t make it? Bummer. But you can still take care of our city’s trees – sign the online watering pledge and Casey Trees will send you a free rain gauge and koozie.

Estimated to support approximately 50 percent tree canopy in 1950, D.C.’s canopy in 2011 declined to just over 35 percent. A Washington Post article chronicling this decline encouraged Betty Brown Casey, a longtime area resident, to establish Casey Trees in 2002 with its mission: “To restore enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.”

Since then, Casey Trees has set a goal of attaining 40 percent canopy by 2032; planted over 25,000; educated thousands of residents about the importance of urban tree canopy; supported the tree planting efforts of the D.C. Government, the National Parks Service, community groups and residents alike; inventoried and tracked the District’s tree resources to promote continued public funding for D.C.’s trees; advocated for green, tree friendly development and similar pursuits.

Consider becoming a Member to receive advanced registration to classes and events like this. Learn more about Casey Trees by visiting their website at caseytrees.org