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Minnesota Tree Care Advocate

Minnesota Tree Care Advocate is a program committed to volunteerism and to helping make your community and state a healthier place to live.

The Tree Care Advocate Program is an umbrella program that houses our main volunteer programs: Tree Care Advisor and Tree Steward. These programs vary in the type of education received, training length requirements, if they are individual or community-based programs, and education and volunteer hour requirements after the initial training.


Tree Care Advisor

The Tree Care Advisor Program, founded in 1993, aids in the development of individual environmental stewards through education and promoting volunteerism. Volunteers are trained in small class sizes, receive 30 hours of training, independently volunteer 25 hours a year, and are kept up to speed with the latest tree care information by attending 4 hours of continuing education a year.  

Visit the Tree Care Advisor page on the MNTCA site to learn more and get involved!


Tree Steward

The Tree Steward Program*, founded in 2015, is designed to equip local volunteer groups to act as volunteer leaders and as a second pair of eyes within their community. Tree Steward volunteer groups can be trained in a wide array of topics related to trees and can include, but is not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Properly planting trees and leading others at planting events
  • Properly pruning young trees to improve the overall health and structure
  • Pruning suckers and sprouts from young and mature trees to ensure safety and proper sightlines for the public

Visit the Tree Steward page on the MNTCA site to learn more and get involved!

*Note: The Tree Steward program absorbed the Citizen Pruner program.

I have a question!

Do you have a question about trees, shrubs, or vines that you need assistance answering? Our volunteers are ready to help! Send your questions to [email protected].