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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Designing Multi-functional Ecological Landscapes (Wednesday, April 9, 7-8:30pm)
Andrew Kirkpatrick
Urban Forestry Intern, Morris Arboretum

Healthy landscapes, both large and small, perform important functions. These positive environmental impacts are called ecosystem services and include the economic, ecological, and cultural benefits provided to us by plants, soil, and water in the landscape. To get the most from these services it is necessary to restore the structure and function of our urban forests, streams, and wetlands. This can be accomplished by applying the principles of ecological restoration, landscape ecology, and ecological engineering to the design of our urban landscapes including parks, detention basins, and even our own backyards to solve the issues of stormwater, soil erosion, exotic invasive plant species, and air pollution. These concepts will be explored using a restoration plan for the Cresheim Valley section of Fairmount Park as a case study and discussing how to incorporate these concepts into the built environment. Andrew received his masters in landscape architecture from Temple University. This course carries 1.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists and 1.5 CEUs for PA landscape architects.
Wednesday, April 9
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/9/2014 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Field Identification of Landscape Trees (Thursday & Friday, April 17 & 18, 9am-4pm)
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, that is a good reference for tree identification. 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. Please dress for the weather. This course carries 12 CEUs for ISA certified arborists and 6 CEUs for Pennsylvania landscape architects. (S=4, P=4, M=4)
Thursday, Friday April 17, 18
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(includes lunches)
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/17/2014 and ending 4/18/2014 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.

Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs (Monday, April 28, 9am-4pm)
Sandra Feather
Extension Educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Allegheny County, PA

A Plant Health Care Program (PHC) is designed to recognize issues in advance that may affect the long-term health and aesthetic value of a landscape. The key to any Plant Health Care Program is the correct identification of insect pests, what plants they are likely to affect, and when they will do most of their damage. Plant specimens and a walk through the Arboretum's collection will be used to acquaint students with actual insect damage to live specimens. Insect pest control thresholds and management strategies will be discussed. 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 6 CEUs for ISA certified arborists and update credits from the PA Department of Agriculture. (S=2, P=2, M=2)
Monday, April 28
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(includes lunch)
Single class scheduled on 4/28/2014 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $135.00 ea.

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