Tree Ambassadors build community and create investment in public trees.
Do you dream of living in a tree house? Do you eagerly await the first leaf buds in the spring? Do you love to lie on your back and watch branches dancing in the breeze? Does a stroll down a tree-lined street put a smile on your face?
You may be a tree lover!
What is a Tree Ambassador?
Tree Ambassadors are volunteers who help nurture Seattle’s trees with the goal of growing and caring for the urban forest. Tree Ambassadors help build community and create a culture of caring for our community's trees.
Tree Ambassadors work in one of three project areas:
- Tree Walks: Tree Walks are fun, positive community events that engage neighbors with the trees surrounding them. Tree Ambassadors develop tours to highlight interesting or significant trees in their neighborhoods and lead their walk as a public event. Check out the schedule of upcoming walks or download one of the self-guided walks here. Don't see a walk in your neighborhood? Become a Tree Ambassador and design Seattle's next Tree Walk!
Tree Ambassadors in this track are given an introduction to tree identification and taught skills in making maps and organizing community events. After the training, staff will assist Tree Ambassadors in identifying good routes, mapping trees on that route, writing accompanying text, and putting together a public event.
- Landscape Renewal: Tree Ambassadors plan and organize small-scale landscape projects in residential areas. Tree Ambassadors “adopt” sites and organize work parties to weed, mulch, and activate these neighborhood green spaces. Check out the events page and come volunteer at an upcoming work party.
Tree Ambassadors in this track are taught basic landscaping and site design skills, how to identify and remove invasive species, proper mulching, how to plan safe events,
and community event organizing. After the training, staff help volunteers identify appropriate landscapes to work in, develop site plans, organize community work parties, and secure tools, mulch, and other equipment. Find a site to love in your neighborhood!
- Street Tree Stewardship: Tree Ambassadors provide critical care to help young street trees thrive. Tree Ambassadors plan work parties to weed, mulch, and care for the trees that make our neighborhoods walkable, attractive, and healthy. Check out the events page for other opportunities to join us. We are not training new volunteers in this track at this time.
Tree Ambassadors nurture Seattle’s trees.
Join your fellow tree
lovers to grow Seattle’s urban forest!
Check out these photos to learn more about what the Tree Ambassadors have been up to!
Being a Tree Ambassador means:
- Making a positive difference within Seattle’s urban forest
- Meeting fellow tree lovers and becoming a valued part of Seattle’s urban forestry network
- Opportunites for free workshops on subjects like tree identification, pruning, and urban forestry 101
- Participating in fun events like learning to climb trees with professional rigging
No previous tree experience necessary - just a love of trees!
Together we can make sure everyone in Seattle has a tree to hug.
We’re looking for tree lovers—no previous tree experience necessary!
3 Steps to Becoming a Tree Ambassador:
1. Apply online now* Applications close on March 17.
2. Attend the Tree Ambassador overview training on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am - 12 pm, Central District.
3. Attend a training for the project track you prefer.
- Tree Walk training: Saturday, April 4, 9 am - 2 pm, Ballard
- Landscape Renewal training: Saturday, April 25, 9 am - 2 pm, Beacon Hill
- Street Tree training: We are not training new volunteers in this track at this time.
*Space is limited; apply early to ensure your spot.
Can't Join Us Right Now?
Stay in touch through our email list! Join here and we'll send you updates on upcoming events and trainings. You can also always check out our events calendar.
Questions? Contact us at (206) 615-1668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read this article in the Queen Anne & Magnolia news profiling the Tree Ambassador program.
Check out this Seattle Channel video highligting some of the work we are doing!
Tree Ambassador is a collaboration between the City of Seattle and Forterra. Program work is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program.