COVID-19 Volunteer Update

Tree Trust Volunteer Guidelines — Fall 2020

“He who plants a tree, plants hope.”  –Lucy Larcom, 19th Century Poet, Author and Educator

At Tree Trust, we believe trees are superheroes. They cool our neighborhoods from the hot summer sun, soak up storm water, reduce crime and lead the way in helping reduce the effects of climate change in our communities. Now, more than ever, our work is critical to the regeneration of the tree canopy in the wake of the emerald ash borer.

The current situation surrounding COVID-19 means that for us to continue doing our important work, we will need to plan smarter in order to resume the great work we’re able to do. We’re hoping with some tweaks in our process, responsible and safe planting events can still take place and we can’t do that without you!

Please Note: In order to stay within the State of Minnesota guidelines on outdoor group gatherings, we will be limiting the total number of attendees to no more than 18 per time slot. Consider volunteering with your family unit-it’s a great way to get out and do some good together!

Prior to signing up for our volunteer events this fall, please consider the following:

  • Please stay home:
    • If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms two weeks prior to the event; or
    • If you are immune-compromised


  • Joining us means:
    • Signing our volunteer waiver electronically prior to the event. Click here to sign.
    • Masks must be worn at all times.
    • We’ll provide you with gloves to take home, or you can bring your own if you prefer.
    • Social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times.
    • Limiting the use of your phone.
    • Bringing your own water bottle and snacks (remember to bring enough for the weather conditions of the day).
    • We’ll have a hand-washing station and/or hand sanitizing on site.
    • You’re making a positive difference in your community!


Now that you know what to expect, consider signing up to join us this fall as we plant and distribute trees across the Twin Cities! Visit our event calendar button below to search and sign-up for upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Tree Trust is committed to safety. Click here to learn more about Tree Trust’s response to COVID-19.

Looking for a group volunteer activity?
Click here to check out our employee engagement and group volunteer opportunities!
Before volunteering, all participants must sign a volunteer waiver. Find it here.


Types of Volunteer Activities
Throughout the year, Tree Trust offers various volunteer opportunities as described below.

  • Planting Trees

    Hundreds of people volunteer every spring and fall to plant trees with us. We provide hands-on training at every event, so no experience is required to volunteer at our plantings. Individuals, friends, families and groups are invited to join us in putting trees to work for our environment. Children and dogs are welcome, as long as they’re supervised.
  • Distributing Trees

    Hand out hundreds of trees to residents who participate in municipal tree distributions, and use your creative thinking skills to figure out how to fit six-foot trees into tiny sports cars. These events are great for families, friends and other small groups and do require some lifting.
  • Administrative Assistance

    You can help us keep our participants informed and give the community a chance to contribute to our organization by assisting with mailing, filing, organizing, research, and data entry. It’s a great way for individuals to connect to our programs and further our mission.
  • Teaching and Training

    If you are a Tree Care Advisor, Master Gardener, or just someone with a strong interest in trees, you can help us teach and train the volunteers at our planting events – including students at the Learning with Trees school plantings – to do the job right. We’ll ask you to attend our Branch Manager Training in the spring or fall before you take on this advanced role.
  • Sharing Your Expertise

    Do you have training and skills in a specific area like creative or technical writing, graphic design, video production, photography, marketing, law, or finance and would like to offer pro-bono services? Would you like to lead training on financial management, career options, or other employment-related topics for our youth job trainees?

If you have questions about our volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator.