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Volunteer Training

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When you become a volunteer for ReForest London, we want you to feel prepared and confident about your experience. We have developed training to help new volunteers learn more about our organization, learn more about trees and planting and caring for trees, and to help prepare volunteers to be engaged in our organization.

Our courses are explained in detail below. We offer ReForest London Orientation as a prerequisite to introduce volunteers to the organization, followed by specialized training for our Community Liaisons, Tree Gurus, Tree Teachers, and Neighbourhood Tree Captains.

You must register below to attend the training sessions

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Upcoming Training Opportunities 

Training

Date

Time

Location

ReForest London Orientation Thursday, 
June 23
6:30 pm-7:30pm ReForest London Office
944 Western Counties Road
Community Liasion Training Wednesday, 
June 29
6:30 pm-7:30pm ReForest London Office
944 Western Counties Road

Volunteer Role Descriptions

 ReForest London Orientation - Basic Introduction

This is our basic introduction training for all volunteers who are interested in getting more involved with our organization. This training session familiarises you with our organization, our goals, and provides information on our volunteer opportunities. We also introduce you to native trees and how to plant them. We ask new volunteers to take this class before continuing on to other training sessions.

  • ReForest London Orientation consists of one 1 hour classroom session.
  • You do NOT need to take this Orientation to be able to participate in our Tree Planting and Aftercare events, it is only necessary for the volunteer roles listed below.
  • Check out the Powerpoint Presentation before or after the training for more information.

Community Liaison Training
Community Liaisons represent ReForest London by staffing displays at community events. At this training session we explain the logistics of staffing our booths, an overview of our print and online resources, more about trees, their benefits, planting, and care, as well as tips on communicating with the public.

  • Prerequisite: Please take ReForest London Orientation before attending this training
  • Time Commitment: Community Liason training consists of one 1 hour classroom session.
  • Our Expectations: If you become a Community Liaison, we expect you to assist at TWO shifts a year (but feel free to do more)

Tree Specialist Training
Tree Specialists (formerly Tree Guru) are our knowledgable tree planters  who help out at planting and aftercare events. Training includes an overview of Tree Guru duties, common planting mistakes, and tree identification skills. We want you to become a go-to person for tree planting at our events, and this training will prepare you for that role.

  • Prerequisite: Please take ReForest London Orientation before attending this training
  • Time Commitment:Tree Guru Training Consists of one 2 hour classroom training session and one 2 hour Tree Identification hike. After the training, we will send you an online quiz to complete. Once you have attended an event as a Tree Guru, you will receive an "I Dig Trees" T-Shirt.
  • Our Expectations: If you become a Tree Specialist, we expect you to assist at FOUR shifts a year (but feel free to do more)
  • Training Frequency: Once in the Spring and once in the Fall.
  • Additional Resources: If you have completed the Tree Specialist training, and want to learn more or brush up on tree information, please click here.

Neighbourhood Tree Blitz Training
Tree Blitzers are people who want to see more trees planted in residential areas. They assist at Neighbourhood Tree Blitz events, going door to dorr to offer free trees to homeowners. Neighbourhood Tree Blitz training includes an overview of Tree Blitzer duties, and ReForest London resources, as well as tips on engaging with neighbours and planning neighbourhood events. We discuss native tree species and how to properly select a tree for a yard as well.

  • Time Commitment:This training consists of one 1.5 hour classroom training session.
  • Our Expectations: If you become a Tree Bltizer, we expect you to assist atTWO events a year (but feel free to do more)

Tree Teacher Training
Tree Teachers represent ReForest London by providing free presentations to the general public. At this training session we explain the 3 presentations we have created for Tree Teacher (Emerald Ash Boroer, Native Trees for London and the Importance of Trees). We also talk about presentation skills and answering questions from the audience.

  • Prerequisite: Please take ReForest London Orientation before attending this training
  • Time Commitment: Tree Teacher training consists of one 1.5 hour classroom session.
  • Our Expectations: If you become a Tree Teacher, we expect you to sign up for ONE shift a year (but feel free to do more)

The Value of Training
These training sessions teach skills that are not only valuable in terms of your work with ReForest London, but can be utilized in many other fields. Don't forget to include this training on your resume!

Questions

Katie Van Den Berg, Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 519-936-9548 ext. 221
Email:  volunteer@reforestlondon.ca