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.


2014 Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference

“Getting the Community into Community Forestry“
Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)
Miller Hall, World Forestry Center
4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

In recent years, our ability to measure and monitor the benefits of the forests in and around our cities has increased significantly. Concern for diminishing habitat, increasing invasive species, and realizing the benefits of being around trees has motivated city residents to become engaged with local environmental science efforts and natural resource management as never before. The theme of this conference is about increasing the “deep engagement” of city dwellers with the “forests where they live.”

Canadian Urban Forests Conference

September 30 – October 2, 2014
Victoria Conference Center
720 Douglas Street, Victoria BC V8W 3M7

Every two years the CUFC brings together dedicated individuals and groups to share their experiences and innovative approaches to the stewardship of Canada’s urban forests. This National Conference presents current and emerging issues in urban forestry and related disciplines and brings together leading experts in their fields, including researchers, practitioners, community stewards, policymakers and developers.

2014 California Urban and Community Forestry Conference

June 25-27th, 2014
Wyndam San Diego Bayside
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

The California Urban Forests Council and California ReLeaf are proud to announce the 2014 California Urban and Community Forests Conference, “Under One Canopy: Creating Connections between Urban Forestry and Diverse Communities,” June 25–27, 2014, San Diego, CA. Plenary Sessions and Break-out Sessions will address trees in relation to carbon & cap and trade, water & drought and public health.

Mini-Grants, Big Impact

April 17, 2014
1:00–2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

Small funding opportunities or ‘mini-grants’ can empower new and non-traditional stakeholders to take action for greener cities. Mini-grant programs enable community members to take initiative on neighborhood-scale projects, building capacity among residents to provide sustainable long-term stewardship for trees and green spaces. These programs can greatly expand an urban greening organization’s impact across a city or region, but they also require attention, management, and support.

6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium: Climate Change and the Urban Forest

May 28, 2014
9am to 4:30pm
University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

This year’s urban forest symposium takes an in-depth look at climate change and considers the impact to the urban forest. Learn about the climatic changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presenters will discuss the expected changes to the climate, urban forest responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare. (more…)

Managing Invasive Plants and Pests

March 20, 2014
1:00–2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

The many benefits we enjoy from urban trees—including improved air quality, safer streets, and stormwater management—all depend on urban tree health. Increased human mobility and climate change are threatening the health of our urban forests, leaving many native trees susceptible to invasive species and pests. Environmental organizations at all levels are taking clear action to address these potential dangers. Canopy assessment is often the first step, guiding grassroots organizations, municipalities, and citizens to establish initiatives to protect their trees from further harm. Pest awareness campaigns, identification tools, and volunteer invasives removal training are proving to have a measurable impact on canopy health in several cities across the country.

ACTrees 2014 Annual Policy Summit

May 7–8, 2014
Washington, DC

Join colleagues from around the country for the Alliance for Community Trees 2014 Annual Policy Summit in our nation’s capitol. It kicks off with a Policy Summit Webinar on April 16th, and then two full days of inside Washington briefings and visits with Members of Congress May 7–8, 2014. Learn more and register.

2014 Society of American Foresters National Convention

October 8–11, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT

In 2014, SAF will partner with the Canadian Institute of Forestry/l’Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC), for a joint convention. In addition, the convention will be co-located with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress, which only takes place once every 5 years and has not been hosted in the United States since 1971.

Establishing Partnerships to Plant Community Groves℠

February 20, 2014
1:00–2:00pm EST
National Webcast

In response to the growing need for access to fresh and nutritious food in cities, community organizations are training residents to grow and maintain their own fruit and nut trees. To help urban greening professionals improve the health and livability of neighborhoods by planting and caring for fruit and nut trees, Alliance for Community Trees launched the Community Groves℠ program in 2013. Community Groves℠ resources and best practices enable local organizations to address issues of nutrition, land use, and food access through tree planting and care. Fruit and nut trees can be your next step towards healthier, more sustainable, and more secure communities.

Executive Director Leadership Program

March 31 — April 4, 2014
Application Due: February 28, 2014

Become a highly effective Executive Director through this nine-month ICL intensive program of workshops, coaching and peer learning. Increase your skills to move your organization forward with practical tools and guidance.