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Urban Forestry Basic Training

CRTI's and the Illinois Arborist Association's hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with or near trees. Our expert-led sessions will include important forestry topics such as safety, tree selection, planting and pruning, the importance of roots and bark, providing proper tree care, and avoiding tree damage during construction. A second optional day is focused on chainsaw basics. The event, held twice each year in locations around the region, cost $25 and includes lunch and all training materials.

Upcoming TRAINING dates


The Spring 2018 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on April 4, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on April 5, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Triton College in River Grove, Building R (Robert M. Collins Center, 2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171, see campus map). Register here.* Program here.

Registration fee covers lunch on the first day, trees for the planting demonstrations, and training materials. Please plan to bring your own lunch for the second day and dress for the weather!

Note: The Illinois Arborist Association is generously providing scholarships for four attendees. Contact Melissa at if you need financial assistance to attend this training! 




At the end of day one, there will be a raffle from some of our collaborators, including SavATree and The Morton Arboretum.


Click here to see the program.




If you would like to donate prizes for the raffle or host a training, please contact Melissa at


Positive feedback from our August 2015 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training
"I am writing to let you know that the City of Wheaton sent several employees from our Street and Sewer Divisions to this training. This was part of a cross training program at the Public Works Department. This work shop was a perfect fit for this. I received positive feedback from many of these employees. I always ask for feedback. I believe this helps further the discussion and it certainly did here. Most discussion revolved around construction and salt damage. Thank you both for your effort."
"I learned too many things to list here- many practical applications for job and personal"
"We really enjoyed it and it surpassed our expectations.  Many thanks for putting on such a quality and interesting seminar."