Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course

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Discuss, debate and disseminate best practices on all things shade tree with fellow arborists at the 56th 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


Online Registration

Use the online registration when registering a single person and paying with a credit card. After registering online you will receive “Registration Confirmation” and “Receipt” emails from ccapsconf3@umn.edu (you may want to check your Spam folder if you don’t see these emails in your Inbox).

Paper Registration

Use the paper registration form when registering multiple people, registering someone other than yourself, or when you need to have the registration fee billed to your organization.

Shade Tree Short Course Registration Fees

$210 − regular registration before February 24, 2018
$225 − regular registration on or after February 24, 2018
$45 − student registration fee
$100 − tree board/park board member fee
$0 − student poster presenter


If you need to cancel your registration, a refund—minus $30—will be issued if you cancel by Friday, March 2, 2018. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Please email ccapsconf3@umn.edu to cancel your registration or fax a request to 612-624-5359.


Chipper Operator Workshop

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8 a.m.−noon

Instructor: Kevin Kowallic, Morbark, Inc.

Accidents involving brush chippers are a significant concern for tree care and landscape employers, employees who operate the equipment, and manufacturers alike. For crew members who often do not receive formal training opportunities, this program will increase employee involvement with overall safety compliance and self-policing and provide crew members with an opportunity to earn a nationally recognized credential. This is a four-hour workshop, offered only one time.
Preregistration required; additional fee of $25 per person. Please select the workshop when completing registration.

Plant Health Care Workshop: Diagnosing Disease, and Insect Problems of Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:00−4:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00−4:00 p.m.

Instructors: Michelle Grabowski and Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

This is a two-hour workshop, offered twice. Preregistration required; additional fee of $15 per person. Please select the one of the workshops when completing registration.

Student Poster Session

Students may attend the 2018 Shade Tree Short Course for free by submitting a poster presentation of their own research, school projects, or internship experiences within any field related to urban and community forestry or arboriculture (natural resources management, environmental science, etc.). The Student Poster Competition is intended to not only introduce students to the professions in urban natural resource management, but to feature research projects that will expand on the educational palette of the conference. 

Eligibility for the Student Poster Competition includes full or part-time status in an accredited university, college, or high school. Students must be in attendance at the first day of the short course during the presentation session, there can be no substitutions for presentations. 

Competition participants will be eligible to win either the Judges’ Choice Award or the People’s Choice Award, $100 each.

Any submissions or questions regarding the poster competition may be sent to Monica Randazzo at randa318@umn.edu


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

ISA CEUs will be offered at the 56th 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 56th Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course will qualify for CTSP CEUs. More information will be available when the program is finalized in February 2018.

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 2018 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: Katherine Hagberg
612-624-4230 | ccapsconf3@umn.edu