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 2023 All About Trees Program with have Online & In-Person Field Classes.

In-Person Classes are on Saturdays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 21, 2023, 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?

2023 All About Trees Syllabus

Day / Time*Class LocationReading Assignments**Video Assignments
September 9

9am to 12noon
• One hour instruction
• Hands on Pruning Demonstration
with Ron Perlik, ISA
Certified Arborist
Warren County Community Center
538 Villa Avenue
Front Royal
(the old library building) 
• Unit 7 – Tree Pruning
• Unit 9 – Invasive Species
in Virginia
(forward to 5
minutes to get to start of program)
September 16

9am to 12noon
• Connor Goolsby from the Department of Forestry will lead
this Tree ID class
Burrell Brooks Park
450 East Criser Road
Front Royal
(Next to Samuels
• Unit 1 – Tree Anatomy
• Unit 4 – Tree
September 23
10am to 1pm
• 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
September 30
10am to 1pm
Tour of Veatch’s
Gleann Arboretum
with Beverly Veatch,
Veatch’s Gleann
604 Moores Ford Rd
Directions will be
Unit 2 – Tree Physiology
October 7
10am to 1pm
• James McGlone, Arborist and retired from the Department of  Forestry, will lead this class on Tree Problems and DiagnosisHappy Creek Arboretum, just off Commerce Street in Front Royal between Main St. and Prospect St. Unit 8 – Tree Problems
and Diagnosis
October 14
9am 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 21
9am to 10:30am
• Planting of Class Tree and Awarding of
* led by David Means, Tree Steward member and certified arborist, owner of Copper Forest, LLC, Arboriculture, Landscape Design & Consultation  
The Soccer Complex, Kerfoot Ave.and Salem
Unit 6 – Tree Planting
and Care

*All Classes are on Saturday from 10am to 1pm 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.

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