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Trade shows, and conferences and meetings … oh my! This year offers a plethora of educational and networking opportunities for tree care pros across the country. Plan your schedule with this sneak peek at upcoming industry events. Whether you’re looking to attend a three-day trade show or take a certified arborist exam, the information you need is right here.

Conferences and Trade Shows

International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference and Trade Show

Date: August 3-7

Location:Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Details:This year’s conference will feature a lineup of educational sessions led by industry leaders from around the globe. Highlights include the International Tree Climbing Championship, Arbor Fair, Tree Academy Workshops and a trade show featuring hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest tree care equipment and gear.

2013 Nursery/Landscape EXPO

Date: August 15-17

Location: Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas


Details:A Texas-sized trade show with educational sessions on a range of business, landscape and tree care topics, including “The Impact of Drought on Trees,” “New Trees and Shrubs” and “Social Media for the Green Industry.”

Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference

Date: September 13

Location: Prescott Resort and Conference Center, Prescott, Ariz.


Details:Visit vendor booths and attend educational sessions on tree health, planting and more. Optional Plant Problem Diagnosis Workshop and ISA certification exam will be held on September 14.

The Official Paul Bunyan Show

Date: October 4-6

Location: Guernsey County Fairgrounds, Old Washington, Ohio


Details:The “Original American Forestry Show” features the Ohio state lumberjack competition, log loader competition, skid steer rodeo, arborist skills clinics, chain saw demos and more. Over 100 companies will be exhibiting.

Illinois Arborist Association Annual Conference and Trade Show

Date: October 22-23

Location: Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Ill.


Details:An annual regional chapter event featuring educational sessions on a variety of tree care and business topics, networking opportunities and a trade show.


Date: October 23-25

Location: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.


Details:The green industry’s largest conference and trade show, GIE+EXPO features 750 exhibits throughout 500,000 square feet inside the expo center and in the turf area outside. Nineteen acres of outdoor demonstration area offers opportunities to test some of the newest equipment, and there are a variety of educational sessions to help build your business.

New England Chapter ISA 47th Annual Conference

Date: November 3-5

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, R.I.


Details: Annual conference drawing tree care professionals from around New England. Highlights will include sponsors exhibiting the latest gear, educational sessions and discussions.

Society of Municipal Arborists Annual Conference

Date:November 5

Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.


Details:The 49th annual conference featuring workshops and networking opportunities. The event is followed by the Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 6-7.

TCI Expo

Date: November 14-16

Location: Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, N.C.


Details:TCI Expo combines conference education and endless networking opportunities with the chance to meet with top industry leaders in business, safety and arboriculture. Highlights include live tree climbing demonstrations, industry forums and roundtables and the opportunity to earn CEUS through a number of educational sessions.

Courses, Exams, Meetings and More

ArborMaster L1 Precision Tree Felling & Chain Saw Handling

Date: July 9-10

Location: Portland, Ore.

ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam

Date: July 9

Location: Grand Rapids, Mich.


ArborMaster L1 Tree Climbing Methods, Work Positioning & Best Practice

Date: July 11-13

Location: Portland, Ore.


MAC-ISA Arborist Certification Course

Date: July 16-18

Location: Abingdon, Va.


ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist and Municipal Specialist Exam

Date: July 19

Location: Birmingham, Ala.


2013 Legislative Conference and Day on the Hill

Date: July 21-23

Location: Washington, D.C.


ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam

Date: July 26

Location: Meadville, Pa.


International Tree Climbing Championship

Date: August 3-4

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Basic Climbing Techniques and Applications

Date: August 8

Location: Fowler, Calif.


Electrical Hazards Awareness Program

Date: August 15

Location: Boyne City, Mich.


Tree Biomechanics Week 2013

Date: August 15-16

Location: Kent, Ohio


Aerial Rescue Techniques and Applications (Spanish)

Date: August 24

Location: Rancho Dominguez, Calif.


TCIA Roundtable Meeting OSHA LEP for Tree Trimming Operations

Date: August 30

Location: Springfield, Ill.


Ground Skills and Aerial Support

Date: September 13

Location: Tacoma, Wash.


Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

Date: September 14-15

Location: Milford, Mich.


5th Annual Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop

Date: September 20-22

Location: West Greenwich, R.I.


Precision Chain Saw Cutting and Felling Techniques

Date: October 8

Location: Simpsonville, S.C.


Aerial Rescue Techniques and Applications

Date: October 9

Location: Charlotte, N.C.


MAC-ISA Annual Meeting

Date: October 13-15

Location: Fredricksburg, Va.


ArborMaster L1 Arborist Rigging Applications

Date: October 14-15

Location: Attleboro, Mass.


ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam

Date: October 16

Location: Jefferson City, Mo.


ArborMaster L1 Precision Tree Felling, Chain Saw Safety and Handling

Date: October 22-23

Location: Longmont, Colo.


ArborMaster L1 Tree Climbing Methods, Work Positioning and Best Practices

Date: October 24-26

Location: Longmont, Colo.


Advanced Safety/Behavioral Workshop and CTSP Certification Exam

Date: November 12-13

Location: Charlotte, N.C.


2013 Nebraska Arborists Association Seminar

Date: November 13-15

Location: Nebraska City, Neb.