Volunteering and Events

Openlands’ forestry team is always in need of volunteers to assist with community greening. Listed here are the upcoming TreeKeepers events, tree plantings and prunings, and tree ID walks. If you are interested in attending an event, please be sure to register in advance!


Public Events

  • Beverly Community Tree Planting, Saturday, September 21st
    Sep 21, 2019 9:00 AM Plant trees on the parkways in Beverly with BAPA members, residents, community members and TreeKeepers.  Read more »
  • Little Red Schoolhouse Bilingual Tree Walk, Sunday, Sept. 22
    Sep 22, 2019 10:00 AM In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, TK Maritza, Director of the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, is looking for TKs to help lead a bilingual tree walk.      Please bring a water bottle and invite your friends and family!  CEUs will be available for Certified Arborists.       Read more »
  • Lakeview Conservation Club Planting, Wednesday, October 2nd.
    Oct 2, 2019 9:00 AM Come plant trees along Greenview Ave. with the members of Lakeview High School's Conservation Club!     Read more »
  • Welles Park Mulching Workday, Saturday, October 5
    Oct 5, 2019 9:00 AM Join TKs Jeanne M and Linda T in mulching trees at Welles Park. This will be in collaboration with the Welles Park Greening Committee. Please bring a water bottle and gloves. Invite your non-TK friends and students to help out!    Email TreeKeepers Program Manager Al De Reu at Adereu@openlands.org with questions.     Read more »
  • Greenwood Park Tree Planting , Saturday, October 5th
    Oct 5, 2019 9:00 AM Work with Greenwood Park Apartment residents & staff, Kenwood community members, and Preservation of Affordable Housing in planting many new trees to replace those lost to the Emerald Ash Borer.  Read more »
  • Logan Square Community Tree Planting, Saturday, October 5th
    Oct 5, 2019 9:00 AM Come plant trees along Logan Blvd with the Logan Square Preservation Society and other neighbors! Planting will take place between Mozart and Sacramento. Read more »
  • West Pullman Park Mulching & Pruning Day, Sunday, October 6
    Oct 6, 2019 10:00 AM Join Beverly TKs Pauline and Jim B. in mulching and pruning approximately 80 trees at West Pullman Park. Please bring your own tools, gloves, a water bottle, and eye protection if you have them. Tools will be provided if you don't have your own. Coffee and muffins will be provided.    Email TreeKeepers Program Manager Al De Reu at Adereu@openlands.org with questions.     Read more »
  • Tree Walk at Gillson Park in Wilmette, Sunday, October 6
    Oct 6, 2019 2:00 PM Join TK Saima for a tree walk at Gillson Park in Wilmette. Gillson park is one of the most beautiful natural areas of the North Shore. It is 60 acres of land on the shores of Lake Michigan that has many varieties of native and non-native trees. A few years ago the park received a grant of $60,000 for creating bird habitat. The Wilmette Park District has added wildflowers, shrubs and small trees that provide layers underneath the existing old growth trees. These provide a variety of food and shelter sources for the migrating birds.   International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) continuing education credits will be available for certified arborists. Read more »
  • Pasteur Community Tree Planting, Saturday, October 12th
    Oct 12, 2019 9:00 AM Come plant trees with the Pasteur Elementary community! Trees will be planted in the neighborhood surrounding the school. Read more »
  • Ravenswood Manor Tree Planting, Saturday, October 12
    Oct 12, 2019 9:00 AM Come plant trees throughout Ravenswood Manor with the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association and other community members!    Celebration cookout to follow planting at 4722 N. Manor Ave.  Read more »

TreeKeepers Events

  • Individual Volunteer Hours
    Dec 14, 2016 12:02 AM This service project is a place for Openlands volunteers to log hours they've spent volunteering on an individual basis. This could include pruning, planting, general tree care, and advocacy.   To add hours, simply log into your CERVIS account, select "Individual Volunteer Hours" under "Service Projects", and let us know what you've been up to! Read more »
  • Humboldt Park Pruning Workday, Wednesday, September 25
    Sep 25, 2019 9:30 AM Join TK Vicki C in pruning trees in Humboldt Park. Please bring tools if you have them, and gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle. Tools will be available.    Invite non-TreeKeepers to help haul cut limbs! Snacks will be provided.      Read more »
  • Nichols Park Pruning Workday, Friday, September 27
    Sep 27, 2019 10:00 AM Jerome Scott, District Forester of the Chicago Park District,TKs Sylvie, and TK Nancy J. will lead a pruning event at Nichols Park. Please bring tools if you have them, and gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle. Invite non TKs to help haul cut limbs!  Read more »
  • MacArthur Foundation Tree Planting, Friday, September 27th
    Sep 27, 2019 10:00 AM TreeKeepers only.   Work with MacArthur Foundation staff to plant over 30 trees on Drexel Blvd in Kenwood.  Read more »
  • Fall TreeKeepers Course Pruning, Sunday, September 29
    Sep 29, 2019 11:00 AM TreeKeepers with excellent pruning skills are requested to help with the pruning practical for the fall TreeKeepers course. Arrive at 11am for snacks. Pruning will start shortly after.   Bring your own tools if you have them, but we will have tools for the class.  Read more »
  • Fall TK Course Street Tree Stewardship, Sunday, October 6
    Oct 6, 2019 1:00 PM TreeKeepers with excellent pruning skills are requested to help the fall TreeKeepers course's Street Tree Stewardship Day. Arrive at 1pm for snacks. We'll start shortly after.   Bring your own tools if you have them, but we will have plenty of tools for the class.  Read more »
  • Inventory: Chi Che Wang Park, Tuesday, October 8
    Oct 8, 2019 10:00 AM TK and Certified Arborist Wiebke is looking for TreeKeepers to help inventory Chi Che Wang Park in Lakeview. She will show you how to identify trees, collect data, and how to do this on your own.    CEUs will be available for Certified Arborists.      Please email Al De Reu with questions.    Read more »
  • Hyde Park Pruning Workday, Friday, October 11
    Oct 11, 2019 10:00 AM TK Nancy continues the pruning on Garfield Boulevard. Please bring tools if you have them, and gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle. Invite non TKs to help haul cut limbs!  Read more »
  • Little Red Schoolhouse Workday, Saturday, October 12
    Oct 12, 2019 10:00 AM TK Martiza, Director of Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, is looking for fellow TKs to help remove invasive species. These workdays are on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Bring your own water bottles, and tools if you have them, and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.   Invite friends, family, and students! Take a hike through the thousands of acres of oak forest while you're there!  Read more »
  • Fall TreeKeepers Course Planting, Sunday, October 13
    Oct 13, 2019 10:00 AM TreeKeepers are requested to help with the planting and mulching practical for the fall TreeKeepers course. Arrive at 10 for coffee and snacks. Planting will start at 10:15.   We will have plenty of tools-- please just bring your own water bottle, gloves, TreeKeepers shirt, and badge. Read more »

For more information on upcoming forestry events, please contact trees@openlands.org or call 312.863.6271.