Minneapolis Citizen Pruner


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Forestry Department is partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruners pilot program. 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.

Upcoming Citizen Pruner Training

Looking to get involved as a Citizen Pruner for the City of Minneapolis? The next trainings scheduled will assist you to learn about tree identification, restricted species, best pruning practices, safety, and interacting with the public. The training will be laid out in a half indoor and half outdoor field session to help you become more comfortable with the information and the skills you will learn. The next two training sessions will be held in September. When you register, please select the one training session that works best for you. Both training sessions will be split between two days to give you time to learn the information and an opportunity to ask questions during the field session.

A $25.00 fee for each seat is requested. This fee covers manual printing and other handheld resources for Citizen Pruner volunteers to keep and reference.


Check out the details below to learn about the available opportunities and how to register.


Training Session 1

Date: September 8th & September 9th, 2017

Time: September 8th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

          September 9th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center

                2315 17th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Fee: $25.00 cash or check (please write checks out to the University of Minnesota)


Training Session 2

Date: September 19th & September 21st, 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (both evenings)

Location: North Commons Recreation Center

                1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Fee: $25.00 cash or check (please write checks out to the University of Minnesota)


RSVP: Fill out the PDF icon Minneapolis Citizen Pruner Registration Form and mail it in to reserve your seat in the desired training course (the address to mail in is available on the form). Please note, only 20 seats are available for each training session so it is first come, first serve.

What to bring: Walking shoes, water, and gardening gloves (optional)


If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Reichard at info@mntca.org or Callissa Cloutier at CCloutier@minneapolisparks.org.


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.

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

PDF icon 2017 Minneapolis Independent Pruning Guide


New Field Form!

Attention Citizen Pruners of Minneapolis! There is a new PDF icon Field Form to use when pruning in your community. The new Field Form is meant to reflect the changes in data collection that the University of Minnesota is asking volunteers to report. Lucky for you, it consists of mainly checking boxes and providing a few details on who participated and when you were out pruning. Just don't forget to log your pruning data as a group and to have one group member report that information via the online reporting form or by scanning the original copies to info@mntca.org. If you have any questions regarding this change, do not hesitate to check in with the Volunteer Programs Coordinator.


Citizen Pruner Resources

Hopefully everyone who attended training still has their PDF icon Citizen Pruner Manual and remembers the PDF icon Field Form for Citizen Pruner Events. If not, they are attached in case you need another look or have misplaced yours. The city will be providing the Field Forms at pruning events and will be collecting them and sharing them so we can track your hours for you at this time. Please, still enter your volunteer personal hours online on the Education & Volunteer Hours Reporting page.