Though it may seem like we were just welcoming the long days of summer, before we know it leaves will be falling and kids will be packing up their backpacks and boarding buses to start another school year. Now is the perfect time to start considering which educational opportunities you should attend during the “slow” season. Whether it’s a national trade show or a one-day training put on by your local association chapter, continuing education will benefit your business. Here’s a look at just a few of the many upcoming opportunities!

The Official Paul Bunyan Show

October 3-5, Old Washington, Ohio,

Produced by the Ohio Forestry Association, this annual event has a variety of educational opportunities for tree care pros. This year’s offerings include demos on precision tree felling, tree identification, chain saw maintenance and performance and arborist climbing techniques. And for a little entertainment, there’s the always-popular International Lumberjack Competition. Check out next month’s issue for more information on The Official Paul Bunyan Show.

TCI Expo

November 13-15, Hartford, Connecticut,

I’m sure you are all familiar with TCI Expo, the largest tree care show in the industry, but if you haven’t made the trip to attend before, make this the year you do. Rack up the CEUs with dozens of educational sessions covering a broad range of diverse topics including digital marketing, structural pruning, motivating employees, crane use, bee health and many more. In between classes, stroll the enormous trade show floor to check out the climbing demos and take a look at all of the latest gear and equipment. Don’t miss our October issue for our full TCI Expo Preview.

Keep it local…

Staying close to home doesn’t mean missing out on educational and networking opportunities; there are regional events available across the country. Here are just a few of the upcoming offerings.

September 19-20

Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference, Prescott Resort and Conference Center, Prescott, Arizona.

September 27-28

Pacific Northwest ISA Tree Climbing Championship, Vancouver, Washington.

September 28-30

New England Chapter ISA 48th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont.

October 18

Kentucky Tree Climbing Championship, George Rogers Clark Park, Louisville, Kentucky.

November 19-21

Nebraska Arborists Association Seminar, Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Katie Meyers