Workshops & Conferences

Educational Programming

Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
10:00 am2:00 pm
Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Pl, Valdosta, GA 31601
Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure

We're taking the Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure program to South Georgia. This program will cover the foundations of greenstormwater infrastructure (GSI) and why and how it works, tools and resources for implementing GSI in your community, and a look at success stories of communities that have used these practices. Speakers: Charlie Marcus, ISA Certified Arborist, Legacy Arborist Services, Tallahassee, FL; Gulick, Principal, Consulting Urban Forester, Urban Canopy Works, Union, KY; and Mary Ann Uhlmann, Environmental Horticulturist, Marietta, GA. CEUs will be available. Lunch is included. Photo courtesy Eric Kuehler.
$40 registration fee.

ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and BCMA Management: 3
SAF Continuing Forestry Education hours: 2.5, Category 1
Water Professionals, Landscape Architects, and others: You will receive a professional development (CEU) certificate.


Campus Tree Conference

Thursday, September 12, 2019
9:00 am3:00 pm
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd, Oakwood, GA 30566
Campus Tree Conference

Are you responsible for trees on a campus? This popular conference is for physical plant managers, landscape directors, administrators, sustainability staff, and others who care for trees on a college campus or any other campus setting. This year, our campus tree conference is set for September 12 at University of North Georgia's Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd, Oakwood, GA 30566.

Join your peers from other campuses, as we discuss tree risk, soil compaction, wildlife, tree inventories, climate variability, tree management plans, recycling campus trees and debris, and other topics. Lunch and a tour of tree care on the UNG campus is included. See full agenda below.
$70 registration fee.

ISA Certified Arborists, Municipal Specialists, and BCMA-Management: 5.25 hours
SAF Forestry hours: 5
All others: a certificate of professional development (CEUs) will be available for you.

Even if you don't work for a campus but are still interested in the topics in this conference - join us! All are welcomed!

Need lodging? Here are two suggested hotels close to campus:


Arborist Certification Review Course

Tuesday, October 8, 20198:30 amWednesday, October 9, 20194:30 pm
City of Madison Public Safety Building, Meeting Hall, 150 N. Main Street, Suite 400, Madison, GA 30650
Arborist Certification Review Course

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Tree Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Susan Russell and Rob Swanson on October 8 and 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days), at City of Madison Public Safety Building, Meeting Hall, 150 N. Main Street, Suite 400, Madison, GA 30650. Susan and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.

STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam.

The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for this two-day ISA arborist certification review course presented by the Georgia Tree Council. The scholarship is being offered to tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Click link below to download a scholarship application.

ISA Arborist CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS will be available for those taking the class as a refresher course: 12.5 Certified Arborist, 5 Utility Specialist, 3.25 Municipal Specialist, 1.75 BCMA Science, 7.5 BCMA Practice, 3.25 BCMA Management.

Questions? Call 470-210-5900 or e-mail


Thursday, November 7, 20198:00 amFriday, November 8, 20193:00 pm
Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

"Trees and Equity, Community Collaboration, and Building the Future Workforce"

We're excited about our signature annual education event that features keynote talks, breakout sessions, tours and activities, our annual awards luncheon, and a trade show. American Forests’ Sarah Anderson, City of Savannah's Nick Deffley, and Greening Youth Foundation's Dr. Daniel Jones will open our conference with talks on getting diverse populations and students involved in tree care and urban forestry. Additional outstanding speakers are scheduled, with talks on canopy restoration, trees and moisture, trees and utilities, the ROI of healthy urban trees, creating parks in small towns, leveraging community engagement, and much more. Attendeees can choose from three afternoon tours: 1)a guided tour of King's Trail to view unique tree habitat, review tree ID, and learn about caring for this urban forest; 2) a guided bus tour of Stone Mountain Park's landmark trees with an optional walk through the Cox Nature Garden, and 3) for those wanting a more ambitious tour, a guided hike up Stone Mountain (ride the lift back down) to review unique forested sections and see Old Man Cedar and the Georgia Oaks. Learn what's going on around the state with our Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon. A tree board roundtable is scheduled on November 6 as a pre-conference activity, and a networking reception is set for the evening of November 7. CEUs will be available. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities also available. See the full conference agenda below!

ISA Certified Arborists: up to 11.75 CEUs can be earned.
SAF Continuing Forestry Education hours: pending
Landscape Architects, City Planners, Engineers, and others: You will receive a professional development (CEU) certificate.

Registration: $195, early-bird members, $225 early-bird non-members (by October 7)

Is your company interested in exhibiting at this conference or sponsoring year-round? Click on "Sponsorship Opportunities" below.

Lodging: Remember that lodging is a separate fee. A block of rooms has been reserved for us for the evenings of November 6 & 7 at the rate of $155 for a king room or a room with two double beds. Click on "Lodging" below to reserve your sleeping room.

Do you need an additional guest ticket for the awards luncheon? Or the Thursday evening reception? Or perhaps you'd like to buy a guest meal ticket that covers all of the provided meals. By clicking on the "Register" button, you can learn about all of those options and can order extra meal tickets for your guest(s).