The city offers hands-on educational and volunteer opportunities to give residents, businesses and organizations a better understanding of the community’s natural resources. In addition to the forestry options below, we also have an Adopt-a-Park program.
Contact community engagement coordinator at parks@ShakopeeMN.gov if you are interested in volunteering your time.
The city has received a grant to buy trees. We need your help planting and maintaining these trees so we can ensure their survival into the future. We have one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities.
We will be planting, mulching and watering trees along Valley View Road. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and gloves if you desire. Ages under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or sign a waiver. Refreshments will be provided.
We will be pruning young and mature trees for suckers, sprouts, and deadwood to improve the overall health and structure. Suckers and sprouts on city trees can block sight lines creating dangerous intersections. Volunteers help clear the small and easily accessible issues so city staff can focus on tree removals and managing larger tree pruning needs. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and gloves if you desire. Ages under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or sign a waiver. Registration is required and a link is forthcoming. Refreshments will be provided.
Citizen pruner training will teach you to make pruning cuts on public trees. Citizens will start by making simple cuts such as removing suckers growing from the base and stem of trees, dead wood and broken branches. Eventually, citizens will be trained how to make structural pruning cuts on young trees. These cuts will all be done with hand tools from the ground.
Training can include:
- Basic tree biology and diseases
- How to make good cuts and avoid long-term damage
- What are suckers and sprouts
- Basic tree structure
- How to use bypass pruning shears
- How to report to the city
- Safety and liability issues for volunteers
For questions about the citizen pruner program or registration, please contact U of M’s Minnesota Tree Care Advocate program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Steward training will teach you the best way to plant, water, and prune young trees, as well as monitor tree health. Once you are a tree steward, you will help lead volunteers during planting and pruning events and assist in other community forestry activities. Learn something new and help ensure the survival of the trees in your community! Tree owners manual and other materials included. Refreshments will be provided.
Training can include:
- Properly planting trees and leading others at planting events
- Properly pruning young trees to improve the overall health and structure
- Pruning suckers and sprouts from young and mature trees to ensure safety and proper sight lines for the public
- Watering devices available for use and the benefits of utilizing watering devices for young and newly planted trees
- Installation of watering devices on public trees
- Identification of common tree diseases and pests
- How to identify trees of concern - we want to keep the public safe!
- How to report trees of concern to your community so action can be taken
For questions about the tree steward program or registration, please contact U of M’s Minnesota Tree Care Advocate program at email@example.com.