Courses & Events

Huge bur oak

Workshops, Presentations & Field Courses–  Workshops and Presentations are indoor events typically lasting 1-2 hours. Field Courses are outdoor classes lasting 3 to 6 hours that provide detailed hands-on exploration of a topic.  Registration is required for some events.  

We are currently working on our schedule for Workshops, Field Courses, and Lectures for 2019.  We provide Workshops, Field Courses, and Lectures for arboretums, botanical gardens, conservation organizations and schools. In 2018, we provided courses in a 7 states. Over 600 people have attended our Field Courses, and many more have attended our lectures. We can teach courses at your facility, or at local parks or private lands. For Field Courses, we can either charge a fee per person, or your organization can cover our costs. To schedule a phone call to discuss an event and our current rates, please fill out our Contact Form.

Topics for 2019 include the following:

  • What Do Trees Know?  – An in-depth look at modern tree biology, revealing the fascinating behaviors of trees. Lecture or Field Course
  • The Life of a Big Tree – Large trees are ecosystems in themselves. They support entire forest communities, provide nutrients to younger trees, and store huge amounts of carbon. Lecture or Field Course
  • Woodland Pastures and Woodlands – Explore the fascinating and rare ecosystem knows at the Woodland Pasture, containing some of the oldest trees in the eastern US. Lecture or Field Course.
  • An Introduction to Tree Biology – a hands-on, intensive one- or two-day course in modern tree biology. Field Course.
  • God’s Trees – Trees in the Bible and In Our Lives. A discussion of trees throughout the Old and New Testaments and in our modern lives. Lecture
  • Trees Below Ground – Explore the  complex interactions of roots, fungi, bacteria, invertebrates, and soils, and learn how to better manage trees in urban landscapes. Workshop or Field Course


A group visiting one of the largest known bur oak trees. Photo by Rick Showalter

Field Course

Field Course, photo by Jeremy King