PlantAmnesty Committees

EDUCATION COMMITTEE Mission Statement: To raise awareness of bad pruning and plant care and provide solutions to professionals and amateurs that is readily accessible and easily understood.


The Education Committee:

-Runs the Plant Amnesty Certified Pruner education program and annual Prune-a-Thon event held at Sky Nursery. The core Certified Pruner program consists of classes and Renovation workshops. Optional additional offerings include classes and a workshop taught in Spanish, Japanese Garden Pruning and Fruit Tree Pruning workshops each year. The Committee may add additional educational classes, workshops and events as desired and budgets allow.

-Provides leadership and volunteer training and fills voids in the educational classes and workshops in order for them to run effectively.

-Selects suitable sites for classes and workshops.

-Communicates volunteer needs to Plant Amnesty’s Program Manager.

-Communicates with the Outreach Committee on observations and suggestions that will aid in gaining and keeping members, and ways to bring money to the organization.

-Considers the changing educational needs of current and potential members and makes sure the information provided stays relevant

Committee members have the option to serve on subcommittees.  Subcommittees may include: Curriculum Development, Teacher Training and Mentorship, and Spanish Curriculum.

Plant Amnesty is dedicated to providing safe learning opportunities during this pandemic.  At this time, we are taking advantage of technology to provide remote learning that ensures safety and enables us to reach an audience outside our local region. Currently, the Education Committee has adapted to these new requirements by shifting focus to hosting/cohosting zoom pruning classes, developing video pruning workshops, and developing new requirements for students to demonstrate what they have learned while attending classes and workshops remotely.  Education committee members will also help with adjusting in-person workshops to meet COVID safety requirements when it is deemed safe to do so.

Requirements: Committee members are asked to help host or cohost monthly online classes and will be expected to help host in-person classes and workshops when those can be safely held.  Attendance is expected at monthly teleconference committee meetings.


EVENTS COMMITTEE Mission Statement: The events committee plans and executes events which are educational, which raise funds, are membership benefits, or are of general interest or amusement to the public.

The committee is currently responsible for Bingo in the fall and a summer event, such as Plant Geek Trivia.
Past activities have included a parade entry with float, a precision fan raking marching drill team, a walking forest; the gardener’s triathlon; Festival of Trees; Celebrity Gardeners’ Auction; mutilated tree protests; and the plant sale.
Possible new activities– Fundraising online and other fun, educational events that help raise money, enabling PlantAmnesty to fulfil its mission.
The committee meets as needed, determined by upcoming events.

The Outreach Committee is focused on membership, public outreach, and marketing.
The committee will guide the retention and acquisition of new PA members at all membership levels. This includes defining those levels and the associated membership benefits and developing and implementing membership drives and strategies to increase the active membership.
The committee will work to reach a broader audience and get the word out about who and what PlantAmnesty is and the need to engender respect of trees. Outreach will include bringing the PA message to community and garden gatherings, HOA meetings, community leadership teams, etc.. The committee will develop online and digital expressions for multiple platforms and will develop and train volunteers to present coherent and positive messages at tabling events.
For marketing, the committee will develop the PA brand for the future- drawing on the colorful past – to highlight the key points that make PA viable and fun. A key role will be sharing talking points across the organization and making a united impact with all of our varied members and stakeholders.
Do you love to see small grassroots organizations succeed and grow? Can you talk to strangers well? Do you know when a logo is spot on? Want to have fun with a passion project and save some trees?
The committee need ideas people and implementers. Bring your energy and your “I can” attitude to serve a great cause!

We need individuals who are good with numbers. Maybe you are Type A and very picky about columns and order. If so, this might just be the committee for you! PlantAmnesty’s Finance Committee meets on a quarterly basis with the Board Treasurer. The Annual Report and the elements that go into it are the primary focus of this committee. We look to the Finance Committee for input on fundraising ideas and guidance on business decisions. Being a gardener is not a prerequisite for this committee – we have plenty of those already.

The Heritage Tree Committee members review nominations and select heritage trees. They also plan and execute Heritage Tree Dedications each year.
Large dedications have included such highlights as Mayor Paul Schell walking with PlantAmnesty’s Walking Forest (tree costumes) into the woods of Seward Park to dedicate a four hundred year old Douglas fir tree. We have also had Seattle City Council Members Jan Drago and Nick Licata climb high into trees being dedicated, using ropes and arborists’ saddles.
The rest of the committee’s time is spent working out the policies of the Heritage Tree Program, with two annual ‘weighty matters’ meetings and reviewing trees nominated for heritage tree status.

So many trees, so little time… The members of this committee organize and execute educational seminars, fundraising events and a donated Arbor Day Tree Prune. Being an arborist is not a pre-requisite for participating in this group but being passionate about trees is.
On the educational front, we have had panel discussions with gardeners and designers to explain tree biology and discuss what makes a hazard tree. There is discussion about why and how trees need to be protected and respected in the garden and on the construction site. Too often, an arborist is called to look at a tree after the house has been built or the landscape has been installed; usually the damage done could have been avoided. Heightened awareness is critical in our urban environment before the heavy equipment comes in, before the grade is changed, before the patio is installed. Help us continue to get the word out.
Each Arbor Day, as part of PlantAmnesty’s Arbor Day Tree Prune, arborists from PlantAmnesty’s Referral Service volunteer their day to deadwood specimen trees in one of our city’s parks, public gardens, arboretum and school yards. Our parks are often overworked and understaffed, and the trees rarely get the attention they deserve. This is another classic ‘win-win’ situation in that a community service is performed and the arborists get the ability to work on gorgeous big trees like the beautiful European Beeches at Volunteer Park, or the Oaks at the Arboretum. Their work is rarely noticed, because they are so skilled; of course the trees themselves are the work of art. Planning this event requires meeting several times during the winter to determine a site. On the day of the event, we need volunteers to haul limbs, and support the arborists as they work their magic.
Donated Work Days happen when a PlantAmnesty arborist donates a day’s worth of work to PlantAmnesty. Sometimes the job is big enough that several crews are called in to get the job done. Then it’s like a crow party! It is amazing to watch the skilled arborists swing from limb to limb, bringing out the natural beauty of each individual canopy.

Each committee is also responsible for hosting one of the PlantAmnesty general meetings, Meeting of Like Minds (MOLM). This entails identifying and inviting an engaging speaker – and when in-person gatherings are involved, the committee also assists with providing potluck main dishes, space setup/cleanup, and contributing auction items.

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