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Love the Outdoors? Join the Union County Master Tree Stewards this Fall

Union County, NJ – Union County residents are invited to join the Union County Master Trees Stewards and enjoy a series of guided educational walks through local forests this fall. The outings are part of the free training in trees and tree care that certified Master Tree Stewards receive from Rutgers Cooperative Extension experts.

The Union County Master Tree Stewards are part of the Extension 4-H youth program. Every year, Tree Stewards visit fourth grade classrooms throughout Union County to help youngsters learn about the importance of trees and their role in improving urban environments.

For the school visits, Tree Stewards use a classroom kit provided by the Extension. No teaching experience is necessary.

Tree Steward certification sessions are held on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for 13 weeks starting on September 7. Most of the training consists of guided walks in the Great Swamp, Rutgers Helyar Woods, the New Jersey Forestry Center in Jackson, and other local forests.

There are no exams, and up to three absences are permitted. Indoor sessions are located at the Extension offices in the Union County Building in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue, across the street from the Westfield Diner.

For an application or more information, contact 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at the Extension offices, 908-654-9854, or email

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact the Union County Extension office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director’s office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 732-932-5000, ext. 584.