ACTrees is pleased to highlight opportunities from partner and peer organizations for continuing education, conferences, and training seminars. Attending these events can help ACTrees member organizations:

  • Increase cross-disciplinary knowledge.
  • Build non-traditional partnerships.
  • Expand access to tools and resources.

Check this page frequently for updated learning opportunities throughout the urban greening community. For a full list of events and, in some cases conference proceedings, visit Events Archive.


Collective Impact: A New Framework for Urban Forestry Collaboration

National Webcast
February 17, 2016
1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Paul Ries from the Oregon Department of Forestry will present: “Collective Impact: A New Framework for Urban Forestry Collaboration.” If you missed Paul’s talk at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference, (or even if you didn’t!), here is an opportunity to learn about a different approach to collaboration in detail. Register now.

The Effect of Urban Tree Canopy on Microclimate and Heat Islands

Webinar: January 13, 2016
1:00 – 2:15pm ET

Understanding urban tree canopy effects on microclimate can maximize the benefits of trees by influencing the location and species selection of plantings. It can also help urban foresters argue more effectively for program funding and support.

New Partners For Smart Growth Conference

February 11-13, 2016
Portland, OR

The 2016 New Partners Conference is heading back west to Portland, internationally recognized as one of the most walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly “green” cities in the world. The starting point of countless model innovations in smart growth, sustainability and public engagement, the Portland region is also an environmental wonderland – even if it rains a lot! – and has one of the nation’s best urban parks and trails systems.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants

November 18, 2015
National Webinar
2:00 pm EST

Learn more about this great national funding opportunity and get questions answered by experts, with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, who manage this grant program!

Municipal Forestry Institute 2016

February 21-26, 2016
Shepherdstown, WV

Do you have what it takes to move yourself or your urban forestry program to the next level? The Municipal Forestry Institute (or MFI) may be able to take you there! MFI is an exciting, high‐level training opportunity educating people in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry.

Tree Care Industry 2015 Expo

November 12-14, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA

Since its inception in 1990, TCI EXPO has grown into the world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference. Join thousands of tree care professionals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 12 – 14 to celebrate our silver anniversary during TCI EXPO 2015.

WaterSmart Innovations Conference 2015

October 7-9, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

Water professionals from around the globe will meet in Las Vegas to share their expertise and experiences in urban water efficiency at the annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, October 7-9 at the South Point Hotel and Conference center.

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

October 6-7, 2015
Dubuque, IA

Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street.