Learn about trees and their care at this class on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 pm.


Citizen Pruner Training #1: Tree Selection & Plant Care

  • Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

ZOOM VIRTUAL CLASS - you will receive a link to the class in your email after registering.

Trees are a vital part of our health and happiness - they sequester carbon, clean our air, cool us in hot summers, and make the oxygen we breathe. There's even research that shows that being in the presence of trees speeds healing and recovery from illness.

This zoom class will teach you how to select the right shade or flowering tree for your space as well as how to plant it and how to care for it in its early years.

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Each spring, CCE-Tompkins offers a multi-part training series for individuals who want to learn best practices for selecting, planting, caring for, and pruning ornamental trees and shrubs. The classes are part of a 3 part online series, plus one hands-on workshop - take one or all. There will be a separate registration link for each class.

This class series fulfills the training required to become a Citizen Pruner Volunteer for the City. Citizen Pruners are stewards of the city's trees. Throughout the warm months, interested folks gather with experienced foresters at weekly volunteer sessions to prune city trees.

Classes are offered 4 Thursday evenings in April – April 7, 14 and 21, 7-8:30 PM via Zoom, April 28th, 5:30-7:30pm, in person.

Register for one or all of the following workshops:

  • "Tree Selection and Care" Thursday, April 7th, 7-8:30 pm. 
  • "Pruning Shrubs" Thursday, April 14, 7-8:30 pm. 
  • "Training and Pruning Trees" Thursday, April 21, 7-8:30 pm.
  • "Hands On Pruning Workshop" (probably) at Ithaca Farmers Market Thursday April 28, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

These classes are usually part of our Citizen Pruner Volunteer Training and free to anyone who wants to become a Citizen Pruner - a group of dedicated volunteers who meet once each week to prune street trees within the City of Ithaca. For all other students, classes are offered at a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

Class Recording: All classes are recorded so if you cannot make the live class, you can watch the video however only participants who have registered in advance for the class will have access to the video recording which is sent 48 hours later to registrants. Register and pay below.

Our goal is to help our areas gardeners have access to this knowledge, free from financial barriers. We have several scholarship spots in each class. If you would like a scholarship spot, please reach out to Maria Christian at mjc72@cornell.edu


$0-$40 (self-determined sliding scale per class)




Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130


This event is online


CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-3555

Last updated December 15, 2022