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Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL)
Tree Steward Program

Course Registration FAQs

What is a SOUL Tree Steward?

The Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) Tree Steward Program was started in 1996, to bring residents together on a regional level to create a local knowledgeable and energized cohort of urban and community forestry advocates. To become a certified SOUL Tree Steward you must successfully complete two tasks:

  • The SOUL Tree Steward Course
  • A 20 hour community internship or project, or 20 hours of volunteering to promote and improve VT's urban and community trees and forests.

Who should attend the SOUL Tree Steward Course?

The course is open to anyone. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. The program is aimed at community members interested in improving their town's urban and community forest.

How do I register?

Registration details will be added to this website once dates are confirmed.

How will I know if I am registered for the training?

Once you have submitted your online registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

What if I miss a session?

The webinar presentations will be archived. Once you are enrolled in the course, you will have access to the archived sessions.

Are the Saturday sessions required?

Due to the hands-on nature of these sessions, past participants have found that the Saturday sessions are one of the most informative and enjoyable parts of the course. The Saturday session are not video taped, so if you must miss a Saturday session, please contact us to discuss how you might make it up.

Are there CEUs available for this training?

Yes, we do offer ISA credits for the course. In addition, general CEU's are available. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving CEUs for the program.

SOUL Program FAQs

What's the difference between SOUL Tree Stewards and SOUL Alumni?

SOUL Alumni are participants who have successfully completed the 8 week SOUL course. SOUL Tree Stewards are participants who have successfully completed both the 8 week course and 20 hours of volunteer service in urban and community forestry. If you are not sure where you stand as a past participant of the SOUL program, use this simple key to determine your status:

If you ...
  1. 1. Graduated from Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) Tree Stewards Training before 2007
    You are automatically considered a SOUL Tree Steward
    Graduated from the SOUL program in or after 2007
    Go to #2

  2. 2. Completed a SOUL project
    You are a SOUL Tree Steward
    Did not complete a SOUL project
    Go to #3

  3. 3. Completed a 20 hours of volunteer service
    You are a SOUL Tree Steward
    Did not complete 20 hours of volunteer service in UCF efforts
    You are a SOUL Alumni

Where can I learn about volunteer opportunities and other related educational programs?

All graduates of the SOUL course are automatically signed up for a regional SOUL e-mail listserv. As volunteer opportunities become available they will be posted on the listserv. In addition, we maintain a statewide list of ongoing volunteer opportunities. If you would like assistance finding a volunteer opportunity in your community, please contact us.

Why become a SOUL Tree Steward?

In addition to joining a statewide network of SOUL Tree Stewards, particapants who complete the program requirements may attend advanced SOUL trainings at no charge.

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