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.


Greenprint Summit 2015: National Research Inspiring Local Action

January 29, 2015
Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

The 5th annual Greenprint Summit will feature inspiring speakers from around the nation showcasing research and projects that prove the many benefits of trees as well as local case studies demonstrating successful, community-led urban forest projects. (more…)

Urban Nature as a Health Resource: Evidence to Action Conference

Feb 5–6, 2015
Burke Auditorium, Kroom Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Urbanization and climate change, combined with the need to improve health, enhance healthcare and reduce costs, are leading both environmental and health organizations toward more preventive and community-based measures. The time is now for a multi-sector partnership to bring evidence to action to leverage natural resources and improve health.


Social Networks and Knowledge Systems for Urban Stewardship and Sustainability Webinar

January 14, 2015
1-2pm EST

The complexity of stakeholders involved in urban sustainability can make planning and decision-making a challenging task. In this webinar, two decision-support tools will be presented that help land managers and decision-makers build effective partnerships by identifying and understanding potential allies, their visions of the future, and the knowledge systems that underpin their expertise.

Municipal Forestry Institute 2015

February 22–27, 2015
Moonstone Hotel
Oregon Garden Resort
879 W. Main St.
Silverton, OR 97381

The Municipal Forestry Institute (or MFI) is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Come learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in your personal growth and development.


Sustaining the Living Landscape: The 21st Annual ELA Conference and Eco-Marketplace

February 25 & 26, 2015
MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

As we observe increasing pressures and changes in the landscape, it is ever more critical for us to preserve and protect our resources and help sustain local ecosystems. This 2015 conference program offers many well-known speakers who are experts in their fields. Topics include: plant response to climate and land use changes, designing with rating systems (SITES, LEED, and Living Building Challenge), exploring new fertilizer regulations, innovative stormwater management, and more.



February 7, 2015
Bastrop, TX

Join ACTrees partner, RETREET, on February 7+8, 2015, for the fifth installment of their weekend planting event in Bastrop, TX.

Participants in BASTROP RETREET V will replant over 100 trees lost during the 2011 Bastrop County Complex wildfire for numerous families at home sites in the Circle D-KC and Tahitian Village areas. Come enjoy the outdoors by bike or foot, listen to live folk and bluegrass music, eat local food, and experience Texas history!


Urban Environmental Stewardship Conference

April 17, 2015
University of Maryland
Adele Stamp Student Union
Atrium and Prince George Rooms
College Park, MD 20740

Research on environmental stewardship has paid greater and greater attention to the relationships among the social, built and natural environment of cities. This relationship has been studied from multiple perspectives. The conference seeks to enhance our understanding of urban environmental stewardship across disciplinary boundaries and from all methodological perspectives.


Breathe Easy: Urban Forests for Human Health

December 18, 2014
1:00–2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

Recent studies yield powerful data that links healthy urban forests to lower human mortality rates. Beyond traditional public health benefits, these findings show residents living in U.S. counties with better canopy coverage live longer—and healthier. As American cities continue to lose about 4 million trees annually, community groups are fueling new tree initiatives based on this research to set the ‘Greenprint’ for sustainable, livable communities.

American Society of Consulting Arborists 2015 Academy

February 24–27, 2014
Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

Since its inception in 1995, more than 850 aspiring consultants and Consulting Arborists have attended ASCA’s Consulting Academy to learn and further hone the skills necessary to develop and maintain thriving consulting practices.

Wildfire Community Tree Recovery

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

When wildfires strike, trees are the most common casualty. The Community Tree Recovery Program was created to address need for restoring canopy destroyed by natural disasters, and has helped plant over 650,000 trees so far in the Lost Pines ecosystem in Bastrop, Texas. In response to a massive 2011 wildfire, ACTrees member TreeFolks and partners Arbor Day Foundation and ReTreet have worked together to replant canopy surrounding thousands of homes in Bastrop County, restoring hope to affected communities.