Training and Workshops

Canopy offers hands-on workshops, trainings, and presentations on numerous tree topics.

Tapping into our diverse network of volunteer arborists, landscape professionals, and environmental leaders, Canopy provides expert instructors on issues such as tree planting and pruning techniques, fruit tree care, smart watering techniques and much more.

Upcoming Workshops

Planting Leader Training (2015)

Part One: 
Thursday, September 17th 

Part Two: 

Saturday, September 19th


Each Fall, Canopy invites community members to join our dynamic team of volunteer Planting Leaders.

Our amazing planting leaders are integral to our work. It’s thanks to their leadership and enthusiasm that we’re able to plant hundreds of trees each year, and care for hundreds more.

Every fall, Canopy holds a planting leader training to welcome new planting leaders and give veteran planting leaders a chance to sharpen their skills. Part one includes an introduction to trees, proper planting technique, and early tree care methods. Part two consists of a hands-on field day where trainees can practice their new skills. Learn more and sign up.

Recent Workshops:

Education Leader Training (2015) 

Three consecutive Wednesdays
August 5th, 12th, and 19th, 4:30 – 7pm

Are you passionate about trees, nature, and education? Do you enjoy working with kids?

Canopy’s tree-centric science lessons give students the opportunity to learn outdoors with hands-on activities that spark their curiosity about trees and nature. 

As we expand these education programs, we’re looking for volunteers that are excited to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Learn more about the training. And keep an eye out for next year’s workshop!


The Art of Young Tree Pruning (2015)

Part 1 – Saturday, May 2nd, 8:30am – 3pm
Part 2 – Multiple dates available (May and June)

Join Canopy’s dynamic team of citizen pruners! And learn the art of young tree pruning with Michael Hawkins, certified arborist and Canopy Program Director.

Part one of this this free workshop series includes 3.5 hours of classroom training and 2.5 hours of hands-on field training. Spanish instruction is available at the landscape professionals workshop the day before. In part two, participants put their new skills to work in two or more follow-up field sessions, with hands-on pruning practice and on-the-spot coaching. Click here to read the full workshop description.


Planting Leader Training (2014)

Each Fall, Canopy invites community members to join our team of volunteer Planting Leaders.

See photos of last year’s training. Sign up for Planting Leader Training 2015.

“The series turned out to be the extra push I needed to explore my curiosity about trees, allowing me to delve into my affinity for them.”

~ Martha Blackwell,
Canopy supporter