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Student Group Management


Starting a Student Group

So you want to start a student group for arboriculture or urban forestry at your school and you have no idea where to begin. The information contained on this website can help! Please contact membership@isa-arbor.com for more information or further questions...

ISA's Student Activities Committee encourages you to go to your school's website and see how they establish student branches on campus. The process varies from school to school but it is relatively easy and it’s a good way to get some funding to start up your group with the student segregated funds that should be available. You can also contact your local ISA chapter and see if they have any funds.

How do we recruit members?

  • Recruit members through flyers and Student Group Nights/Days.
  • Take advantage of all the schools free press.

Are there any costs involved?

There can be costs if you so choose. Some student branches charge $5 a semester. This can cover minimal costs. Other ways to cover costs is to apply for money from your school. Schools across the world should have student segregated fee funds for campus established student branches to get a hold of and make use of. Other fund raising efforts can include: getting in contact with your local tree trimming company and have them sponsor a demonstration.

How often should we have meetings? What should we do at the meetings?

  • Meet once a week or once a month depends heavily on how dedicated and enthusiastic your officers and advisors are.
  • Typically overviews of coming activities.
  • Get a speaker to come in to talk.
  • Keep meetings fun...hands on is usually best.

What are responsibilities of faculty advisors?

Faculty advisors are seen as a long term asset to student branches. Since students are only at the school for a certain period of time, having a Faculty Advisor really keeps the Student branch afloat. This person will hopefully create consistency and a feeling of permanence for the branch for years to come. Other items: Keep Historical Files, Help Students with organizing events with local connections, etc.

Suggested Group Activities

  • Keep ties will your city forester, local chapter, and ISA. Opportunities for activities often show up on their own this way.
  • ISA Conference
  • TCIA Conference
  • Attend Chapter Conferences and Seminars (fall and winter)
  • ISA leadership workshops
  • Trips to botanical gardens, arboretums, nurseries
  • Creating our own bonsai with local bonsai company
  • Pruning and removing trees from properties
  • Tree boating
  • Picnics
  • Bowling parties
  • Arbor Day Planting for the local city.
  • Teaching a climbing class for beginners
  • Spraying gypsy moth eggs masses on campus trees

** A Special Thank you to former and present members of the Student group at University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point for providing information.**

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