All About Trees


The Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards are happy to announce that we have changed the format for our acclaimed “All  About Trees” course. The Tree Stewards have been holding an annual class for residents and future Tree Stewards for over 20 years. After the pandemic and the trend toward online learning we wanted to make it easier for participants to learn the course material at their own pace, get plenty of hands-on field training, for a very low cost.  Education is a primary piece of our mission.

Our 2024 All About Trees Program with have Online & In-Person Field Classes.

In-Person Classes are on Saturdays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 19, 2024, usually from 9am – 12noon.
Reading and Video assignments are at your convenience.
Course Fee: $30 (includes all classes) Tuition assistance is available.

How do I complete the Course for Certification?

2024 All About Trees Syllabus

Day / Time*Class LocationReading Assignments**Video Assignments
September 7

9 am to
12 noon
• Welcome

• Tree ID Walk with Conner Goolsby, VA Dept. of Forestry
Burrell Brooks Park
450 East Criser Road
Front Royal
(Next to Samuels Library)
• Unit 1 – Tree Anatomy
• Unit 4 -Tree Identification
How Trees Grow; Tree Roots & Shoots
September 14

9am to 12 noon
• Hands on Pruning with Ron Perlik, ISA Certified ArboristTBD• Unit 7 – Tree Pruning
• Unit 9 – Invasive Species in Virginia
An Approach to Pruning: Dr. Ed Gillman    (forward to 5 minutes to get to start of program)

Healthy Trees, Health Cities: Pruning
September 21
9am to 12 noon
• Conifer ID with Carrie
Whitaker, Asst. Curator at Blandy, ISA
Certified Arborist
VA State Arboretum
(Blandy Arboretum)
400 Blandy Farm Ln
Boyce, VA
Meet at kiosk in Blandy
parking lot
• Unit 3 – Environmental
Factors Affecting Trees
• Unit 5 – Tree Selection

Right Tree, Right Place
September 28
9am to
12 noon
Town tree issues and remedies led by Jim Osborne, Town ArboristGazebo on Main Street – by Front Royal Visitor’s CenterUnit 8 – Tree Problems and DiagnosisTree Troubles
October 5
9am to
12 noon
Tour of Veatch’s
Gleann Arboretum
with Beverly Veatch,
Veatch’s Gleann
604 Moores Ford Rd
Directions will be
Unit 2 – Tree PhysiologyTree Life Functions: Soil & Water
October 12
10am to 5pm
Pick a 1 hour slot to fit your schedule
• Fall Festival of Leaves
• Join the Tree
Stewards at our booth
to participate and
Downtown Front Royal,
Main and Chester Streets
Unit 10 – Trees and
People in the Community
October 19
9am to 10:30am
• Planting of Class Tree led by Vinny Resch,  ISA Certified ArboristThe Soccer Complex, Kerfoot Ave.and Salem
Unit 6 – Tree Planting
and Care

*All Classes are on Saturday from 9am to noon unless noted.
**All reading assignments are from the Tree Stewards All About Trees Manual unless noted.

All About Trees is based on the Trees Virginia “Tree Steward Manual,” developed by the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Supplemental videos for each unit are available here.   Tree Steward Training Videos

When the course material is complete you will receive a certificate.  We invite you to consider joining the Tree Stewards a few hours a month to maintain the beautiful parks, street trees and green spaces where we all live and play.

Tree Identification Video with Karen Snape, Extension Forester