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.


Canopy Connections: Urban Forests for Public Good

March 25, 2015
The Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Canopy Connections is Casey Trees’ annual, one-day conference geared towards industry professionals to discuss pressing urban forestry issues, learn about the latest research being undertaken and connect with other practitioners and those interested in growing and protecting our trees and urban forests.


March 28–29, 2015
Moore, OK

Join ACTrees partner, RETREET, the last weekend in March for their first weekend planting event in Moore, Oklahoma.

RETREET goes to a new state and organizes a weekend to remember with partners Arbor Day Foundation, ACTrees Member The Tree Bank Foundation, City of Moore, and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. RETREETers will plant up to 160 trees, sponsored by ArborGen, at 80 home sites in Moore, OK, in the wake of the EF5 tornado that struck on May 20, 2013, destroying over 1,000 homes and countless trees.

Call for Proposals: 2015 Partners in Community Forestry Conference

November 18–19, 2015
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202

The Partners in Community Forestry Conference serves as the annual, international gathering for urban forestry professionals and advocates seeking new collaboration models to strengthen their community forests. The Arbor Day Foundation is seeking Presentation Proposals for the 2015 Partners in Community Forestry Conference.


The Power of Regional Action

February 19, 2015
1:00–2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

Community forestry practitioners often serve counties, municipalities, or individual districts within cities. Now regional entities within states are becoming increasingly common to support and advance local interests in community trees. Regional councils provide unique support and leadership to diverse stakeholders across county boundaries, addressing watershed, forest health, and sustainable development concerns. Equipped with a broad perspective on trends affecting community trees in metropolitan areas, regional urban forest councils strengthen local capacity to advocate, care for, and plant trees.

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!