Urban Forestry Basic Training

Learn about topics such as forestry safety, tree selection, planting and pruning, and more.

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Urban Forestry Basic Training is a hands-on training event hosted by CRTI and the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA).

The course is designed for non-forestry professionals who work with or near trees or manage staff and/or contractors who work with trees.

Our expert-led sessions 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. The second, optional day is focused on chainsaw basics.



When: Urban Forestry Basic Training takes place in April and September each year. The next dates are September 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and September 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Country Club (1201 Park Ave W, Highland Park, IL 60035).

Cost: Free in 2022 and 2023 thanks to support from USDA Forest Service and the Illinois Arborist Association

Lunch is included in the course fee on both days.

Dress for the weather. Outdoor portions happen rain or shine!

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