Minneapolis Citizen Pruner


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Forestry Department has been partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruner Program since 2016. Citizen Pruners are trained in tree identification, biology, and pruning techniques. If you enjoy being outdoors, love trees and your community, this is an opportunity for you to get involved in your urban forest. Course material will be taught by University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department staff alongside Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Forestry Department.


Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year or attending 3 city-hosted events and must recertify every 3 years by completeing an updated recertification assessment.


For more information about volunteering, please contact:

Tree Care Advocate Program: citizenpruner@mntca.org or info@mntca.org

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: forestry@minneapolisparks.org

Upcoming Citizen Pruner Training

Looking to get involved as a Citizen Pruner for the City of Minneapolis? 


There are currently no training workshops scheduled at this time. You are welcome to check back to see when those are schedule or feel free to e-mail citizenpruner@mntca.org or info@mntca.org and let us know that you are interested in getting on the waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be the first contacted regarding new opportunities.


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to sharing upcoming opportunities in Minneapolis!


Citizen Pruner Resources

Everyone who attended Citizen Pruner training in Minneapolis received a paper copy of the Citizen Pruner Manual. A digital copy of the manual, powerpoint, and field form are available below. Also, check out the Reference Materials webpage to find more helpful resources regarding tree care.


PDF icon Minneapolis Field Form

PDF icon Minneapolis Citizen Pruner Manual

PDF icon Minneapolis Citizen Pruner Training Presentation


Independent Pruning Opportunities

Individuals that have completed the Citizen Pruner Training Program for the City of Minneapolis are eligible to perform independent pruning on boulevard and park trees. The following guide provides answers to questions as you pursue independent pruning to ensure a safe and productive experience for all parties involved. Your willingness to volunteer as a Citizen Pruner is greatly appreciated.

PDF icon Minneapolis Independent Pruning Guide


If you have any questions or concerns after reading through the document, you can contact the MPRB Forestry Department at forestry@minneapolisparks.org.