COLLEGEVILLEó Ursinus College is hosting a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders training course to empower and teach area residents who want to care for and help restore the local tree population. The course is split into three sessions, April 9, 16, and 23, each from 6 to 9 p.m., in Pfahler Hallís Musser Auditorium.

This program is an element of the new horticultural society initiative, Plant One Million, a multi-state campaign to replenish the tree population in 13 counties in the Philadelphia, southern New Jersey and Delaware regions. Millions of trees have been lost in this area recently, and the society hopes to have a 30 percent tree canopy, which is the area of land shaded by trees.

A community can form a Tree Tenders group by having three or more people graduate from the course. Benefits include tree grant and volunteer tree planting opportunities. The training is hands-on. The fee for the course is $25 and pre-registration is required. Please register online at The course is recommended by those over age 16.

For more information, contact Barley Van Clief, 215-988-8793, The course is co-sponsored by the Arts & Lectures Committee.