Join Union County’s Master Tree Stewards – Union County

Master Tree Steward Program volunteers educate students about trees and organize special projects, such as creating “tree trails” that allow visitors to identify distinctive trees in Union County parks. Pictured is a European beech tree along a tree trail in Echo Lake Park, Mountainside. Photo credit: Union County, NJ.

Learn how to help the environment and teach the importance of trees – no experience necessary.

Union County residents who are looking for a fun and rewarding civic service project can join the 4-H Master Tree Steward program and learn to “speak for trees.” Master Tree Stewards are community volunteers who visit 4e-grade classes each spring to present an interactive lesson on trees. No experience is necessary. All training and class materials are provided by the Master Tree Steward program.

Master Tree Stewards can also arrange additional projects, such as educational “Tree Trails” at Union County parks.

“Our Master Tree Stewards provide students with meaningful educational experiences and important messages about trees and the environment. It’s a lesson in appreciation and stewardship that young people can carry into adulthood, benefiting our community and the world beyond for years to come,” said the County Commissioner’s Chairperson. of Union, Rebecca L. Williams.

Each fall, the Master Tree Steward program offers a series of training sessions, consisting primarily of guided walks in nearby parks and nature reserves. Easy reading homework, classroom lessons, a simple project are also part of the program. The entire program, including a tree identification guide, is covered by a $25.00 administrative fee.

Candidates who complete the series earn a Master Tree Steward certificate and are qualified to teach tree lessons to 4-year-olds.e primary classes in the spring. The program provides a comprehensive lesson plan as well as posters, seeds, and other supplies.

The 2022 Fall Training Series will meet every Wednesday from September 7 through December 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., excluding any holidays that fall on a Wednesday.

The 4e The class visit schedule takes place on Wednesdays from January to June. Certified Master Stewards are asked to choose 4-6 dates for their visits. Each tour lasts approximately one hour, usually from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To apply, complete the application form downloadable from the Union County website at A check for $25.00 should be made payable to Union County 4-H Association.

Mail the form and check to Union County 4-H Agent, James Nichnadowicz, Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield, NJ 07090-1426.

For more information or to receive an application form by mail, contact James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 (ext. 3), or [email protected]

A list of tree trails in Union County Parks is available here.

The Master Tree Steward program is operated by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, as part of a statewide program under the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station. For more information on all extension programs in Union County, including Master Gardeners, Environmental Stewards, and Youth 4-H Clubs, visit

For quick links to all environmental programs and activities in Union County, visit The Green Connection,

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other emergency services. support, visit General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at

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