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Collective Tree Care

Community Tree Care Series
View from under a tree looking up at lush, green leaves on branches.
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It takes a community to strengthen tree health.

Trees are a beautiful and vital part of our communities, providing many long-term benefits to the public. Trees impact the local environment, economy, and overall quality of life. Participants will learn to identify tree stressors in community environments, hazardous tree defects, and assess and mitigate risk.

The third and final webinar session is Collective Tree Care from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 11. The cost is $10 per session, and registration is required. Individuals can attend one or all sessions, and Illinois Arborist Association continued education units are available to those who qualify.

About Community Tree Care Series

Community Tree Care is a hybrid series of training opportunities for individuals performing tree care work looking to build on their knowledge. Topics range from tree basics to tips for professionals. The hybrid series includes three webinar options followed by three repeated, in-person training opportunities in Jan. and Feb. 2024.

Participants include certified arborists as well as public and private tree care professionals, municipal or county groundskeeping staff, community volunteers, and anyone interested in expanding their tree care knowledge. This training provides information and resources for communities to ensure proper tree care, minimize the risk of hazardous trees, and promote healthy community forests. 

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators Sarah Vogel, Emily Swihart, Ryan Pankau, and Program Coordinator Jenny Lee teach the series.

Additional Series Sessions

Participants can attend one or all sessions of the series. Webinars are $10 each, and in-person workshops are $20 with registration required. Register for each session at

Tree Basics Webinar | Nov. 13, 9 to 11 a.m.

Discuss the benefits of trees, basic tree identification and tree parts, and the importance of diversity in the urban forest. 

Individual Tree Care Webinar | Nov. 27, 9 to 11 a.m.

Explore site and species selection, planting and establishment, pruning, and additional tree care methods.

Tree Care Workshops | 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Exact locations will be available closer to event dates. Sessions are the same and repeated in multiple locations.

Each location session includes hands-on training during the time of year when tree care is applicable to apply learned skills, discuss local issues, identify needs in individual communities, and provide opportunities to learn more. Workshops are subject to change due to winter weather instances.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact