One unusual but great way to donate of your time is to become a licensed New York City citizen pruner in order to help take care of our street trees. In order to become an official pruner, one must first become certified. TreesNY, an environmental and urban forestry nonprofit organization, is offering a 12 hour certification course, which costs $100.
The Gowanus Conservancy has organized a tree pruning course in Gowanus this spring.
Here is the information:
As the warmer months quickly approach, the street trees around the Gowanus watershed will need to be cared for more than ever. Consider becoming a licensed Citizen Pruner with TreesNY by taking classes with the Conservancy in Gowanus!
Citizen Pruners learn about tree biology, street tree identification, common tree problems, proper tree stewardship,and pruning techniques.
The course is $100 and comprised of 4 in-class sessions and 1 field outing. All courses, with the exception of the Saturday field outing, will be held at the Fifth Ave. Committee building located at 621 Degraw Street, BrooklynNY, 11217.
Citizen Pruner Gowanus Course Schedule:
Monday, May 5, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, May 12, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, May 19, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday, June 2, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the course.
For more information on TreesNY and the Citizen Pruner Program, click here.
And remember, you can have a free tree planted in front of your own home. All you have to do is to fill out a Tree NYC application here.