Citizen Forestry FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Citizen Forester training

Q: How do I become a Citizen Forester?
A: Sign up and attend one free forester training class and one tree care workshop. Attending forester training and tree care workshop is required for all volunteers; however, if you are a certified Desert Botanical Garden Desert Landscaper, an ISA certified Arborist or a Maricopa County Master Gardener you may not be required to attend the tree care workshop. Contact Richard Adkins, Forestry Supervisor, at (602)495-3762 or to get a workshop waiver.

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Citizen Foresters are required to volunteer for a minimum of two tree planting events in the year proceeding training. Projects are run between September and May.

Q: How often is training provided?
A: Training classes are provided twice a year, once each in late summer and spring.

Q: Do I need previous experience with trees?
A: No, everything you need to know will be covered in the trainings and workshops.

Q: What is the benefit of becoming a Citizen Forester?
A: There are many benefits. One of the most important is that you are serving your community, helping to make Phoenix a greener place. You also get to learn how to properly plant and maintain trees. On top of all this, you get to meet your neighbors and connect with like-minded individuals as well as receive a Citizen Forester t-shirt.

Q: Can I volunteer to plant trees without getting trained?
A: Yes, there are several volunteer opportunities throughout the year to plant trees that require no training. However, if you interested in becoming a lead volunteer for tree planting events or helping with follow up care, training is required.

Q: How do I sign up?
A: Go to, or see the Citizen Forester flier for dates and registration codes.

Q: Where can I get more information?
A: Contact Alonso Avitia, Recreation Coordinator III, at or (602) 261- 8793 for more information.