School of Arboriculture

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International Society of Arboriculture
The Arboretum’s professional training courses carry International Society of Arboriculture Continuing Education Units. If you are an ISA certified arborist and need to maintain certification by taking 30 credits over a three-year period, the following classes offer the opportunity to gain CEUs while learning from field experts.

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Introductory Tree Climbing
Zach Shechtman - Owner, Shechtman Tree Care
Rob Thigpen - Foreman, Shechtman Tree Care and ISA Penn-Del Chapter Climbing Champion

This class provides an introduction to tree climbing and features the opportunity to have supervised climbing instruction in trees. It is ideal for tree companies looking to advance promising groundsmen, or gardeners and landscapers looking to get off the ground. Effective methods for climbing trees will be demonstrated by instructors and practiced by students. Safety rules will be reviewed and stressed. Students will learn how to tie critical knots regularly used by arborists. Included in the fee, each student will receive a copy of The Tree Climbers Companion, by Jeff Jepson, a great resource for climbers. Bring an arborist's rope and saddle, a hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, and insect repellant to the class. Wear boots, long pants, and dress for the weather. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 17.25 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=0, P=17.25, M=0).

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, September 30, October 1, 2 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/30/2015 and ending 10/2/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.

Tree Climbing for Women
Rachel Brudzinski
ISA Michigan Tree Climbing Female State Champion, 2012 and Arborist, New York Botanical Garden

Women can be talented, successful climbers even in a field traditionally dominated by men. Novice to advanced women climbers are welcome. This course will demonstrate climbing techniques geared to female climbers and provides a basic understanding of tree biology so critical for practicing arborists. The class will focus on how to create and maintain a safe working environment, develop fundamental arboricultural skills, and learn the professional techniques necessary to develop an approach for climbing a tree. You will learn some of the latest professional tree climbing advancements and have the opportunity to participate in supervised in-tree climbing. The second day of the course is designed for students who want to experience a deeper understanding of innovative arboriculture techniques. Students will learn essential knots, daily gear maintenance, and integrated safety regulations mandated for climbing arborists. The second day of the class will focus heavily on climbing skills and various ascension and positioning techniques meant to further your comfort within the canopy. Please wear appropriate clothing including long sleeves, flexible and durable pants, and high ankle/light weight footwear. If you have regulation climbing gear including a rope, harness, hardhat with chin strap, and eye protection, please bring it. You may also want to bring gloves. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. Each day of this course carries 6 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=0, P=6, M=0)

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Raindate: Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11

Fee: $125 for one day (includes lunch), $250 for both days (includes lunch)

Note: You may register for day one and not day two, but to register for day two only, you must have previous climbing experience.

Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/3/2015 and ending 10/4/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $250.00 ea.

Field Identification of Landscape Trees
Ken LeRoy
Certified Arborist Representative, John B. Ward Tree Experts

Join us for a two-day class on the identification of woody landscape plants for urban and suburban landscapes. The class will cover both deciduous trees and conifers. Arborist and horticulturist, Ken LeRoy, will show us how to use a dichotomous key to identify plants and will explain the terminology used in keys to describe plant characteristics. He will also discuss the
physical characteristics used to group plants into families. We will go on a tour of the Morris Arboretum to see specimens of the plants we discuss. You may want to purchase the Sibley Guide to Trees, available in the Arboretum bookstore, and a good reference for tree identification. Please dress for the weather. We will meet at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm on the first day. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 11.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=5.5, P=6, M=0) and 6 CEUs for Pennsylvania landscape architects.

Thursday, Friday, October 8, 9 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/8/2015 and ending 10/9/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.

Advanced Climbing: Pruning, Rigging & Removal
Zach Shechtman - Owner, Shechtman Tree Care
Rob Thigpen - Foreman, Shechtman Tree Care and ISA Penn-Del Chapter Climbing Champion

This class, taught by experienced professionals, consists of three days of training in advanced arboricultural techniques. Instruction will cover the theory and practice of large tree pruning, including a component on tree physiology, structural pruning, and the latest ANSI standard. Each student will have an opportunity for hands-on experience using proper rigging techniques to safely lower wood from a standing trunk. Safe felling techniques and proper use of the latest equipment as well as the critical knots involved will be demonstrated. The last day of this course will consist of instruction and demonstration of the safe use of a truck-mounted crane for tree removal. Emphasis will be given to site selection, weight calculation, load distribution, and safe cutting techniques. Each student will receive a copy of How to Fell a Tree by Jeff Jepson, a book with step-by-step methods for taking down a tree and a copy of the ANSI Z133.1 standards. We will meet at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 17.25 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2, P=13.25, M=2).

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - October 13, 14, 15 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/13/2015 and ending 10/15/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.

Native Wildflower Meadows: Let's Get Real
Larry Weaner
Principal, Larry Weaner Landscape Design Associates

Demand for native meadows, particularly as an alternative to lawn, is increasing and yet few types of landscape plantings are more misunderstood than the native wildflower meadow, with many failures resulting from inadequate planning and the use of poorly adapted plants. Far better results can be obtained when the plants and processes used reflect the ecological character of our naturally occurring meadow communities. More than one-year wonders, meadows modeled on these ecosystems can provide long-term, easily managed landscapes that harbor a myriad of wildlife and provide color and texture throughout the year. In this all-day, in-depth workshop, Larry Weaner will discuss the design, implementation, and management of native meadows, using a series of case studies featuring large and small-scale meadows as well as projects ranging in age from initial establishment to over ten years in existence. He will also illustrate how garden design principles can be used in the meadow for subtle visual effect and to create graceful transitions to more formal garden areas. Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. He founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982 and has gained a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with the traditions of garden design. This course carries 5.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2, P=1.5, M=2) and 6 CEUs for PA landscape architects.

Wednesday, October 14 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/14/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $135.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $135.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $135.00 ea.

TRAQ- Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course
The TRAQ training course was created by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
This training opportunity is sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the ISA and hosted by The Morris Arboretum at Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in Hightstown, New Jersey. The course will provide a high level of training for arborists, landscape architects and landscape management professionals in
the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. TRAQ is a two-day course followed by a ½ day assessment that includes both a written and a field component. The course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
The content of this course will focus on the following areas: Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization and Risk Reporting.
The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification is valid for five years from the date the exam is passed. The qualification holder is required to retake the course and pass the exam every five years in order to maintain the qualification.
To be able to register for the course and take the exam, you must have earned one of the following credentials:
• ISA Certified Arborist or BCMA
• A national certification or certificate in Arboriculture
• Licensing or certification from an approved state program
• SAF Certified Forester
• ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist
• A degree in arboriculture, urban forestry, traditional forestry, or horticulture from an accredited college or university.
Participants will receive course materials two weeks prior to the start of class. Bring these materials with you to the class. The class takes place at 300 Meadow Lakes Road off of Etra Road. Hightstown (East Windsor), NJ 08520. This course carries 14.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2.5, P=6, M=6).
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/22/2015 and ending 10/24/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $650.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $750.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.

Single Rope Techniques
Rob Thigpen
Foreman, Shechtman Tree Care and ISA Penn-Del Chapter Climbing Champion

Climbing techniques for arborists have advanced significantly in the last 20 years, with the adaptation of practices that were first developed by rock climbers and cave explorers. These techniques have made tree climbing easier and safer, and have brought a greater degree of professionalism to arboriculture. The use of throw balls to advance the lead into the tree canopy has introduced the use of a single line as a means of ascension into a tree rather than the more traditional double line technique. The use of one line in climbing is known as Single Rope Technique (SRT) and has become a skill that has proved invaluable to many working arborists. Please join us for a day with one of the masters of SRT, Rob Thigpen. This course will include some in-the-tree climbing, and is open only to arborists with field experience. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and individual climbing gear are mandatory. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 11.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists(S=0, P=11.5, M=0).

Tuesday, Wednesday
October 27, 28 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/27/2015 and ending 10/28/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

Landscape Design for Professionals
Paul D. Orpello
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

The world of landscape design is continually evolving. Meeting the needs of your clients while keeping your design integrity intact can be challenging to say the least. Hitting the design target for critical customers has become increasingly difficult as well. In this ever-changing world of landscape design integrated with customer satisfaction it helps to have an experienced guide. Award- winning landscape designer and ASHS certified professional horticulturist, Paul D. Orpello will demonstrate how to successfully navigate these complex waters. Paul will cover all phases of the design process from client meeting to project completion. There will be an informative two hour lecture discussing the essential components of the design process and client interaction. The lecture will be followed by a one hour shortened studio session. We will be working on meeting specific client needs in a designed environment. Come and learn how to increase your effectiveness as a designer while increasing your profitability as a professional! This course carries 3 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=0, P=1, M=2) and 3 CEUs for PA landscape architects.

Thursday, October 29 - 9 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 10/29/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.

Elec Hazard, Aerial Rescue, and Chain Saw Safety
Gary Lovallo - New Jersey Certified Tree Expert #273
Jon Hanbicki - New Jersey Certified Tree Expert #354
Al Saharic - Electrical Safety Instructor, Retired Electric Lineman

Proper tree felling techniques and job site safety will be covered. We will focus on the Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (E.H.A.P.) and aerial rescue, as well as critical safety precautions that must be taken when performing tree work near electrified wires. The identification and distinction between voltages carried in distribution and transmission lines will be emphasized along with the ANSI standards that apply to this work. The effects of live current will be demonstrated by the instructors. You will have the chance to see an in-the-field demonstration of aerial rescue techniques. Each student will have a "hands on" opportunity to practice safe lowering methods. The safe operation and maintenance of chain saws will be demonstrated in the field by experienced arborists. Each participant will have an opportunity to use a chain saw to make practice cuts and will have a chance to participate in an aerial rescue using some of the latest techniques. Students should come equipped with chaps, a hard hat, ear plugs, work gloves, and steel-toed work boots. This course meets at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Enter the Arboretum on the road opposite from the public garden entrance. Park in the parking lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 11.5 (S=2, P=5.5, M=4) CEUs for both days for ISA certified arborists.

Thursday & Friday, November 5, 6 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 11/5/2015 and ending 11/6/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $275.00 ea.

Understanding Tree Appraisal Problems
Scott Cullen
Registered Consulting Arborist, CT Licensed Arborist

Scott Cullen has taught tree appraisal internationally and has written about the origins and evolution of this specialized discipline. In his first workshop in five years, Scott comes to the Morris Arboretum to present new material that is essential for anyone - including arborists, landscape architects, foresters, urban foresters, nursery professionals, lawyers and others - performing or relying on tree appraisals. This course is equally applicable to the current Guide for Plant Appraisal 9th Ed., the forthcoming 10th Ed., i-Tree, or any of the various international systems. Topics include defining the appraisal problem, value, and reasonableness. The course is highly interactive and designed for class participation. This course carries 5.75 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=2.25, M=2.5).

Thursday, November 12 - 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 11/12/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.

Pruning Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens
Vince Marrocco
Chief Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Evergreens, more than any of the other plant groups, can be seriously disfigured or destroyed by careless pruning. For this reason, it is important for the landscape professional or homeowner to understand when to prune and where to place pruning cuts. The morning session will be a lecture and demonstration. The afternoon session will feature supervised, hands-on pruning. Please bring a hand pruner and small pruning saw for the afternoon session. This course carries 4.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=1, P=2.5, M=1).

Tuesday, December 1 - 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Raindate: Friday, December 4
Single class scheduled on 12/1/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

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