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Education Opportunities2018-05-04T14:03:14+00:00

Join thousands of other concerned citizens like yourself. Become a Tree Tender and help increase tree canopy cover in your community. Tree Tenders® is a training program that empowers concerned residents to make dramatic strides towards restoring and caring for the tree canopy in their communities. The course is designed for lay people and experts alike. Become one of the Tree Tenders restoring and tending your part of the forest. Instruction is provided by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, in partnership with Penn State Extension, PHS, and other local urban forestry experts.

Tree Tenders training includes:

  • Tree Biology
  • Urban Stresses on Trees
  • Tree Identification
  • Tree Pruning and Root Care
  • Tree Planting Techniques
  • Community Organizing

Philadelphia, PA

May 9, 16, and 23, 2018

Offered by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

6:00 – 9:15 PM

Register online at

For more information, call 215-988-1698

Souderton, PA

May 10, 17, and 24, 2018

Offered by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

6:00 – 9:15 PM

Register online at

For more information, call 215-988-1698

Huntingdon, PA

May 12, 2018

Offered by Penn State Extension

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Register online at

For more information, contact Brian Wolyniak at or 412-482-3455

Johnstown, PA

May 19, 2018

Offered by Penn State Extension

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Register online at

For more information, contact Brian Wolyniak at or 412-482-3455

Pittsburgh, PA

May 30June 6 and 13, 2018

Offered by Tree Pittsburgh

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Register online at

For more information, contact Joe Stavish at or 412-781-8733

Manheim, PA

June 22, 2018

Offered by Penn State Extension

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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For more information, contact Julianne Schieffer at or 610-489-4315

Clarion, PA

June 29, 2018

Offered by Penn State Extension

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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For more information, contact Scott Sjolander at or 814-350-7749

USDA Forest Service Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1 PM – 2:15 PM (Eastern Time) 

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is one of the most economically and environmentally damaging invasive species to reach the United States. Economic damage of EAB is most severe in cities that lose abundant high-value ash trees growing along streets and in yards. Pest management and economic models suggest that a landscape level approach across all ownerships, including surveillance for early detection, treatment of ash trees with systemic insecticides, and removal of infested ash trees, yields the greatest benefits at the lowest costs. While individual cities can develop EAB management plans that include these measures on public lands, they cannot manage beyond their borders and may not realize maximum benefit. In this webinar, Robert Haight will present research on the economics of ash treatment and removal strategies and the potential gains in social welfare from the ideal cooperation among city governments and private residents. Based on years of experience, Jeff Hafner will describe barriers to direct cooperation among cities and practices that professional arborists can use to overcome those barriers. He will share examples of management plans and agreements that he has brokered among cities and private residents in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Presented by:

Robert Haight, USDA Forest Service

Jeff Hafner, Rainbow Treecare

Cost:  Free

CEUs: 1.25 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture

Where: Go to

For more information: or contact the Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team at with questions, feedback, requests for special accommodations, speaker suggestions, or to be added to the mailing list.

Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

Growing trees in a downtown commercial setting can be a major challenge when you consider they need room to grow (including rooting space); not block signs, delivery trucks or pedestrians; must tolerate salt and heat; and can’t make a mess by dropping fruit or flowers. Join the webinar and learn how good design, site preparation, and species selection can solve many of those issues without resorting to planting plastic trees in your downtown.

Presented by:

Vincent Cotrone, Urban Forester, Penn State Extension

Registration and connection details: Register at

We have switched to a new webinar platform called Zoom. Use the link above to register for the webinar early, or at the time of the webinar. If you register prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with a link to access the webinar. If you register at the time of the webinar, you will be connected directly to the webinar following registration. We recommend registering and accessing the webinar room 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time to ensure you are able to connect. If this is your first time using the Zoom platform, follow the onscreen prompts to download and run the Zoom plug-in to get connected. For more information on attending webinars via the Zoom platform, click here to visit a help page.

Cost:  Free

Continuing Education Credits: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. One CEU for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be awarded with 80% or higher score on webinar quiz. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

For more information contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or

Early bird registration extended until May 8!

May 23-24, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

Healthy Trees, Healthy People is a two-day program featuring presentations on the link between human health and community forest health, as well as information essential to the care of community trees. It is a great opportunity to share ideas with shade tree commissioners, foresters, arborists, and others.

The first day will take us outside to explore examples of the role of community forests in contributing to healthy communities. During this afternoon field trip, we will see an urban tree nursery’s efforts to develop healthy and genetically diverse trees, the impacts of oak wilt on tree canopy in a city park, and how active neighborhood volunteers organized to care for their street trees. The field trip will wrap up with a visit to a furniture workshop to see how reclaimed urban wood is being transformed into fine furniture. The second day will feature a variety of presentations on tree health, its impacts on communities, and ways to plan and manage the community forest to ensure success. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. William Sullivan, from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture, speaking on “Why We Need Trees at Every Doorstep.” View the full agenda here.

Registration Information:

Early Bird Registration: $50   –   Register by May 8th

Regular Registration: $65   –   Register after May 8th

Continental breakfast and lunch on the second day of the conference included with registration.

Registration deadline: May 13

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Continuing Education Credits:

  • ISA Certified Arborists – 9 CEUs
  • Registered Landscape Architects – 9 CEUs
  • SAF Certified Foresters – credits pending approval
  • PA Pesticide Applicator credits – 5 credits (Cat. 5, 6, 18, and 23)


A special event rate ($128/night) is available at the Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center by calling the hotel direct at 412-681-1000 and booking under the “Healthy Trees, Healthy People” group rate. Please book by May 8th.

For more information, including the full conference agenda, and to register online:

This event is offered in partnership by: DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Penn State Extension, and Tree Pennsylvania

This event is sponsored by: Tree Pennsylvania, Davey Tree Expert Company, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., and Arborjet

The Penn State Extension Tree Climbing School is an intensive 3-day class designed to teach the fundamentals of safe tree climbing and maintenance. Major emphasis will be placed on learning the skills required to climb and prune trees. The school will include classroom and fieldwork covering safety/safe climbing practices, equipment/use of hand tools, tree terminology, tree disease and insect diagnosis, culture and pruning, tree removal, and climbing knots. Check out this video to learn more and see the tree climbing school in action.

Students completing this school will not be accomplished climbers; however, students will have a satisfactory basic understanding, knowledge, and the skills required in the field of tree maintenance and tree climbing. A great deal of time will be spent in trees climbing. To achieve success in this climbing course, all participants should be in good health and have a desire to work in arboriculture.

Elizabethtown, PA

May 29-31, 2018

7 AM – 3 PM

Cost: $325

Register online at

Registration deadline: May 24, 2018

For more information, contact Tim Abbey at or 717-840-7408