Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course

53rd Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
March 17-18, 2015
Bethel University, Arden Hills

View a pdf copy of the Short Course brochure here.

Important Parking Information

Parking is available in the West Parking Lot, East Parking Lot, Heritage Lot, and Pine Tree Lot. Parking and directions to Bethel University can be found here (from the drop down menus, select the St. Paul Campus as the campus location, Benson Great Hall as the building location, and East Lot, West Lot, Heritage Lot or Pine Tree Lot). Pine Tree Lot is an overflow lot located approximately 2 miles from the Bethel campus. There will be a shuttle running to and from Bethel and the Pine Tree Lot on March 17 and 18. The shuttle will run from 7:30-10 a.m., 12:30-1 p.m., and 3:45-4:15 p.m. View a map of the shuttle route here.

Guidebook Mobile App

STSC has gone mobile! Plan your days with a personalized schedule, browse general and concurrent sessions speakers, bios, and session descriptions, view exhibitor details, and participate in the short course “backchannel” by posting on Twitter and Facebook before and during the course.

The app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit http://guidebook.com/getit from your phone's browser
  • Scan the following image with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')

Guidebook App QR Code

Social Media: Join the Conversation #mnstsc

We invite you to join the conversation about STSC by tweeting about the course, or posting updates on Twitter and Facebook. The course hashtag is #mnstsc. Type this hashtag in your tweets/posts to continue the course "backchannel," or you may also search Twitter for this hashtag to view the tweets online, and keep up with session you missed. These social media efforts will help participants network and meet new colleagues prior to and during the course.

Like Us on Facebook!

Keep up with the short course by "Liking" the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course Facebook page. We'll post interesting and important topics and updates throughout the year.

Certification and Credit for the Shade Tree Short Course

Certified tree inspectors will be recertified by attending the entire short course.
ISA CEUs will be given for most sessions.
TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) CEUs will be given for select sessions.

Diversity and Urban Forestry

A lesson in smart economics always includes diversity; diversity in resources, worker skills, products, vendors, and clients. Lessons in diversity for managers of urban forests and trees have ranged from cruel and unforgiving to a breath of fresh air and hope! Our landscapes with multiple tree species and a mix of young and old trees will continue to thrive while those dominated by only a few favorite trees will soon be starting over.

Job descriptions, duties, and required skills haven’t escaped the influence of diversity either. Successful arborists are not only skilled at pruning and removing trees, they have become skilled at diagnosing problems in tree biomechanics and hazard tree identification, and at promoting their services through social media. Municipal urban foresters have become stormwater managers, adept at conducting tree inventories and assessing tree canopy cover, and educators.

Urban forests do not favor males to females, youthfulness to maturity, or one alma mater to the next. Look closely at this year’s program and how diversity is at every turn. Figure out how you can best use your time to redefine and diversify your professional skills, cultivate new friendships, and sustain old ones. And most of all, welcome back.

Gary Johnson
Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, chairperson

Program Partners

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
Minnesota Tree Care Advisor Program
University of Minnesota Extension

Ensuring Tree Health Since 1963

At a Glance

For questions about your registration, contact:

For more information, contact:
Nick McArdle

Contact Ben Johnson at bjohnson@rainbowtreecare.com

Need a place to stay during the short course? Find a list of hotels in the area here.

Comments from Past Attendees

The information was directly related to my job in urban forestry.

The access to knowledge base and format allowed time for questions and interactions with presenters.

There was science and research. It was practically applied as well.

It was great to hear experts from Minnesota speaking!

I am confident that there will be great information each year even after all of these years (great work).

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