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.


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.

Planting in Memoriam

October 16, 2014
1:00–2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

In the wake of a natural or man-made disaster, devastated communities look to rebuild infrastructure to restore a sense of normalcy in day-to-day life. Tree planting can be a therapeutic way for residents to heal from damage caused by a disaster. In some cases, community stakeholders honor the memory of lost loved ones through tree memorials, which serve as symbols of remembrance and act as living reminders of strength and hope for the future.

2014 Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards

October 22–23, 2014
The Classic Center
300 N Thomas St
Athens, GA 30601

This year, the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Annual Conference and Awards celebration focuses on this past winter’s devastating effects on trees across the state. Ice Storm 2014: Lessons Learned in Urban Forestry – Preparing for Nature’s Next Big Event is the conference’s main theme.

2014 Tree Board Webinar Series– NC Urban Forest Council

September 30, October 28, November 18, and December 16 2014
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Raleigh, NC 27626

The 2014 Tree Board Webinar Series delivers four new webinars on topics that will help create a more effective and efficient tree board or committee, thereby leading to a better managed urban forest.

Planting for the Future in a Changing Climate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Alsdorf Auditorium, Regenstein Center
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022

Growing and maintaining landscape plants in the Midwest is different than it was even just a few decades ago. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have shifted northward. This event will draw on the latest research and insights from experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park, The Field Museum, and Midwest Groundcovers to give practical suggestions for creating landscapes that will survive and thrive.

American Society of Consulting Arborists Annual Conference

December 3–6, 2014
2014 Annual Conference
Westin Mission Hills Resort
Palm Springs, CA 92270

ASCA’s Annual Conference is the only conference designed to help you expand the careers of Consulting Arborists. Attendees consistently give Conference networking events high marks. Each event is designed to provide attendees with opportunities to build a support system within the industry.

2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting

June 16-June 17, 2015
Capital Hilton
1001 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Building on the success of the first two national Health Impact Assessment (HIA) meetings, this conference will convene a diverse group of individuals interested in learning more about HIA and advancing the field, especially decision-makers and program leaders from multiple sectors and at all levels of government. Areas of interest include planning, transportation, criminal justice, housing, agriculture, energy, environment, education, fiscal, economic, and labor policy.

Advanced Tree Tenders Training

September 2014-April 2015
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th Street — 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Advanced PHS Tree Tenders® Training consists of 8 advanced classes, designed for individuals with pre-existing basic knowledge, either from the Tree Tenders® basic training or other life experience. The 2-hour classes, each focused on a specific topic will be offered once a month, from September through April, on a Wednesday evening.

Serving the Community: Nonprofit Work Crews

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

Greening nonprofits now serve communities beyond traditional tree events. Some organizations now operate sustainable landscape services divisions—supported through grants, contributions, and paid contracts. Landscape services divisions add local green jobs and build trust between nonprofits and citizens, helping ensure long-term proper tree maintenance on public and private land. While these divisions provide an entry point into urban forestry for crew members, they also serve as ideal outreach tools to educate residents about the benefits of tree planting and care.