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Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course

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The Shade Tree Short Course rescheduled for July 28 and 29, 2020 has been canceled. 

Please join us for the 2021 Short Course on March 16-17, 2021 at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. 

Your full payment will be refunded or credited based on the original method of payment. *Please note - depending on your method of payment, processing time could take up to 45 days to complete. You will receive an electronic receipt for your refund as soon as it is processed. Due to the high volume of transactions, we thank you for your patience. If you have further questions, please contact the registration team at ccapsreg@umn.edu.



A Message from Dr. Gary Johnson, Shade Tree Short Course Chair

To all of the loyal Shade Tree Short Course participants and to those who would have joined us for the first time in 2020, I regret to inform you that for the first time in the 58 conference history of the STSC, we must cancel for the season. This decision was difficult for all of us involved in the planning and delivery of the conference, but in the end, your safety was more important than continuing a string of successes. It wasn’t even a controversial decision for us, just a sad one.

I can promise you this: the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course version 2021 will be the best one yet.

Please say it with me: Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course 2021...you gotta be there!

Discuss, debate and disseminate best practices on all things shade tree with fellow arborists at the 59th 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 59th 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 59th Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course may qualify for CTSP CEUs. More information will be available when the program is finalized in February 2021.

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 2021 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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