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? You can find opportunities and registration information below:


October Whittier Training

Dates: Wednesday, October 10th AND Saturday, October 13th

Time: Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm AND Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00noon

Location: Whittier Recreation Center (425 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN)

Training Fee: $25 per person - check or cash accepted (please write checks out to the University of Minnesota)

Registration: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zg2E7ouzU1xpPL


Once you have registered online, please mail your payment to hold your seat to the Minnesota Tree Care Advocate Program.

15 Green Hall

1530 Cleveland Avenue North

St. Paul, MN 55108-6112


If you find that you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Calli Cloutier with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board at CCloutier@minneapolisparks.org.


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 Citizen Pruner Manual 

PDF icon Minneapolis Citizen Pruner Powerpoint

PDF icon Minneapolis Field Form


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.