Citizen Pruners

Citizen Pruners

Citizen Pruner volunteers help maintain street trees and shurbs in the City of Ithaca. Volunteers work once a week from May to October, side-by-side with a team of Cooperative Extension employees and City foresters, to maintain City street trees and trees and shrubs in Ithaca parks. 

Training is provided by university and local experts and covers: selecting and planting trees, urban trees, evaluating tree structure and needs, and pruning trees and shrubs. Classes are free for those who wish to volunteer.

Annual training in April and May, but join any time!

  • "Tree Selection and Care" Thursday, April 7th, 7-8:30 pm.
  • "Pruning Shrubs" Thursday, April 14, 7-8:30 pm.
  • "Ornamental Tree Training and Pruning" Thursday, April 21, 7-8:30 pm.
  • "Hands-On Pruning Workshop" at Ithaca Farmers Market Thursday, May 12th 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Space is limited, pre-registration is required: 

If you would like to be a Citizen Pruner but have missed the training sessions, please reach out to Lauran Salzman at, who will provide class videos.

Last updated May 3, 2022