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COVID-19 Update: The University of Minnesota has suspended in-person instruction and will offer online, or alternative, instruction through the end of spring semester 2020. Read the latest CCAPS updates. For the latest information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please see the Safe Campus website.

Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course - POSTPONED

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The Shade Tree Short Course scheduled for March 17 and 18 has been postponed until July 28 and 29, 2020.

If you have registered for the course, we will hold your registration for the July dates. If you feel you are unable to attend this summer, please send us an email to request a full refund to ccapsreg@umn.edu. Your full payment will be refunded or credited based on the original method of payment. 


Discuss, debate and disseminate best practices on all things shade tree with fellow arborists at the 58th gathering of this two-day conference. The Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course has been ensuring tree health since 1963.

You and your entourage put on a spectacular conference. I am honored to have been a part of it.
- Past conference speaker


International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

ISA CEUs will be offered at the 58th Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course. For more information about ISA CEUs, please visit ISA Certification and Credentials.

Returning this year: Attendance sheets will be provided in participant folders. Fill in the session title, speaker, and code to receive credit for each session you attend. Session codes will be provided by moderators at the conclusion of each presentation. Forms can be mailed or emailed to ISA, or turned in at the registration desk at the conclusion of the program on Wednesday.

Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) CEUs

Select sessions at the 58th Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course may qualify for CTSP CEUs. More information will be available when the program is finalized in February 2020.

Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education Credits

Most sessions are approved for SAF Continuing Forestry Education credits. 

Minnesota Tree Inspector Recertification

Certified tree inspectors will be recertified for 2020 by attending the entire short course. For questions about tree inspector status, contact the Department of Natural Resources at MNTreeInspect.DNR@state.mn.us. For information on tree inspector workshops visit www.mntreeinspector.com.

Tree House of Horrors

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Located in the exhibit area, the Tree House of Horrors displays both the “worst of the worst,” the “best of the best,” and everything in between. Explore the multifaceted landscape of Urban and Community Forestry in a hands-on manner. Encounter microbes, insects, tree morphology, the modern technology of the field, and even more. Drink your coffee and eat your cookies while learning in a different, self-guided way.

The Tree House of Horrors is organized by the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota.

Contact Us

Questions about Registration

General Information: Suzanne
612-625-2391 | ccapsconf3@umn.edu

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