Community Engagement

Holden Forests & Gardens seeks to transforms all communities into vibrant places where plants, trees, and people thrive. Community programming plays a key role in the pursuit of that mission. Four key programs help advance that work:

  • The Community Forestry Program serves as a resource for the community, providing urban forest workshops, youth education and training volunteers to care for trees within the greater community.
  • Partnerships with community leaders and other advocate organizations is an important part of HF&G’s community engagement. HF&G partners with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, LAND studio and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress on the Cleveland Tree Plan.
  • The majority of Ohio’s forested land is in the hands of property owners with parcels of about 10 acres. Providing landowners with the resources they need to care for, manage and utilize their trees is also a key component of HF&G programming. The Sherwin Institute of Woodland Management was designed to serve as a resource for property owners.
  • Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, the Green Corps program continues to contribute to a plant-literate population by providing an urban agriculture experience for area high school students.