- Dates: March 19−20, 2019
- Location: Bethel University, Arden Hills
- Registration: Register today
- Exhibitors: Registration now available
- Accommodations: See a list of hotels near Bethel University
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Discuss, debate and disseminate best practices on all things shade tree with fellow arborists at the 57th gathering of this two-day conference. The Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course has been ensuring tree health since 1963.
I am confident that there will be great information each year even after all of these years. Great work!
— Past conference attendee
We've got some great sessions planned to engage and inspire you. Dr. Elizabeth Maloney will return with her popular tick talk, "Understanding and Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases," and John Ball will discuss urban tree stressors in "The Natural Tree Growing in an Unnatural Environment: Welcome to the Urban Forest." Click here to see more session highlights.
Student Poster Competition
Attend the Shade Tree Short Course, a two-day conference for anyone involved in urban forestry and arboriculture, for free as a student with a 10-minute poster presentation. Posters must be original with the student as a primary author. Subject matter may be research, school projects, or internship experiences within a related field (urban forestry, natural resources management, environmental science, etc.)
Posters will be up for both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards, which are $100 each. Students may also receive a travel stipend and board in addition to free registration.
Submission deadline is March 4, 2019.
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
ISA CEUs will be offered at the 57th 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 57th Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course will qualify for CTSP CEUs. More information will be available when the program is finalized in February 2019.
Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education Credits
Most sessions are approved for SAF Continuing Forestry Education credits. CFE attendance forms will be available at the registration desk and handout table in the Benson Great Hall lobby.
Minnesota Tree Inspector Recertification
Certified tree inspectors will be recertified for 2019 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.
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
Minnesota Tree Care Advisor Program
Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
University of Minnesota Extension
Tree House of Horrors
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.