CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training

Schedule and Location

  • Section A: Two Day Option: Basic Urban Forestry and Chainsaw Workshops: August 28 and 29
  • Section B: 1st Day Only: Basic Urban Forestry Workshop: Tuesday August 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Section C: 2nd Day Only: Basic Chainsaw Workshop: Wednesday, August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Riverdale Park, in the Memorial Building
151 W 137th St
Riverdale, IL 60827


Fees and Registration

Two Day Option
$30 member/nonmember

One Day Only
$25 member/nonmember

Course Description

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has developed a full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees.  Not sure whether you fall into this category? Do you maintain streets, utilities, or infrastructure around trees? Have you ever had to plant or prune trees, but you've never been trained on best forestry management practices? Do you have trouble answering your clients' questions about tree management?

If you've answered yes to any of  these questions, you could benefit from participation in CRTI's Urban Forestry Basic Training. 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. Each day costs $25 separately, or register for both for just $30. The event fee covers coffee and lunch each day, plus trees for the planting practice and training materials. 

Instructors: Various experts from tree care companies, The Morton Arboretum, and local municipalities.
Notes: Indoors and outdoors, fee includes lunch each day. Limit 40
Supplies: Students should come prepared to take notes and practice pruning and planting trees.

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Course Details

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.