Delaware Tree Stewards

Who We Are

The Tree Stewardship program connects Delawareans to their landscapes through the acts of planting and caring for trees.

Our trees and forests are essential in protecting the lands and waters of the First State. By training and empowering citizens locally, we can ensure Delaware has a greener future.

Join. Learn. Plant

Trees need stewards.

Whether it’s a young tree or an old tree, they benefit from knowledge and care. When you become a Delaware Tree Steward you take an active role in taking care of trees, supporting local ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.

By completing training and networking with other stewards, graduates will be able to recognize opportunities and coordinate tree projects where they are needed most.


At the center of this program are workshops that provide the knowledge and conversation that make up a tree stewards training.

Spread over four sessions, the curriculum is complete once a tree steward has finished the sessions and participated in a Delaware Forest Service or partner organized planting event. Topics covered include: how trees work, tree planting, care, and procurement. Organization, advocacy, and fundraising will also be covered.

This is a great opportunity to connect with experts and learners alike. Click here to register for upcoming training sessions near you.

Chesapeake Tree Planting Grants

Thinking of planting trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? Partner with the Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program and utilize this matching grant to implement tree projects in your own community.

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Urban & Community Forestry Grants

This annual grant program has awarded over $1.75 million to Delaware communities for tree planting and tree management projects. Awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Tree Canopy Map Viewer

Ever wonder how your community’s tree canopy is doing? This interactive map measures percentage and acreage of tree cover in locations across Delaware.

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Tree Owner’s Manual

This Forest Service publication covers everything you need to know about taking care of trees, including planting, protection, and maintenance.

Vibrant Cities Lab

Looking to advocate for change? Vibrant Cities Lab will connect you to research about the benefits of trees and a toolkit for making green infrastructure work in your community.

Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 3

Urban Tree Planting Guide

A detailed look at assessing sites, selecting trees, and ensuring plantings in urban watersheds make an impact.

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