Arboriculture: The selection, planting, care, and removal of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants and the study of how they grow and respond to cultural practices and the environment.

Mission Statement:
Train inner city adults in the field of Arboriculture.

Purpose:
A Green Tree Academy will provide a training curriculum, internships, and job placement assistance to inner city adults interested in Arboriculture.

Objectives:
• Train inner city adults to become knowledgeable in maintaining trees on public and private lands.
• Provide training for job readiness.
• Provide non credit hour "Certificates of Completion" from St. Louis Community College.
• Introduce inner city adults to job, scholarship and educational opportunities in all the conservation-related fields.
• Provide a platform to develop professional, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills.

Criteria for Students:
• Ages 18 to 24.
• Have high school diploma or GED.
• Be passionate about trees, the environment and working outdoors.
• Have transportation to attend classes at three different sites each week.
• A willingness to commit to and complete the program.

Program Details:
•  10-week program.
•  15 hours per week.
•  8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday.
•  Classroom training, field training and life skills training.
•  Students are city of St. Louis limited term employees, are paid $7.50 an hour and will receive a bonus when they complete the program.

Instructors: TBD

Funding:
•  $42,000 approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

Partners:
 City of St. Louis Comptroller’s Office
 City of St. Louis Department of Forestry
 St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
 State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed
 Missouri Department of Natural Resources
 Living Tree Care, Inc.
 Forestry Consultant Services
 Droege Tree Care, Inc.
 Pasta House
 Pepsi
 AmerenUE

Other information:
Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis
City of St. Louis Forestry Division
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

CONTACT INFORMATION
A Green Tree Academy
(314) 613-3008
(314) 613-3082 (fax)
greentree@stlouiscity.com