Events

Registration 2019

2019 Registration BrochureJoin us for the premier arboricultural professional development event of the year. Learn and earn CEUs.  Connect with peers. Find information about the latest technology.

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Important Dates

 
Early Registration Pre-Registration Onsite Registration
On or before Friday, 14 June Saturday, 15 June-Friday, 2 August Begins Friday, 9 August

 

To request a printable registration form, please email us.

Conference Registration Types & Prices

 

This package includes all registration materials, Sunday Arboriculture Celebration and Welcome Reception, Monday—Wednesday Educational Sessions, and Monday—Tuesday Trade Show with Climbers' Corner. Light breakfast, breaks, and reception refreshments are included. Transportation will be scheduled to run between Knoxville Convention Center and Lakeshore Park for the ITCC & Arbor Fair/Expo Friday—Sunday.

Conference Package ISA Member Non-Member
Early Registration $485 $630
Pre-Registration $535 $680
Onsite Registration $595 $740

 

Valid for ISA Student Members. Students may join ISA by completing an ISA Student Member Application. Student membership requires proof of student class schedule with a minimum of 6 credit hours.

This package includes all registration materials, Sunday Arboriculture Celebration and Welcome Reception, Monday—Wednesday Educational Sessions, and Monday—Tuesday Trade Show with Climbers' Corner. Light breakfast, breaks, and reception refreshments are included. Transportation will be scheduled to run between Knoxville Convention Center and Lakeshore Park for the ITCC & Arbor Fair/Expo Friday—Sunday.

ISA Student Member Package ISA Member Non-Member
Early Registration $95 N/A
Pre-Registration $95 N/A
Onsite Registration $95 N/A

This package includes participation in all activities on Monday including Trade Show, Climbers' Corner, and all Monday Educational Sessions. Light breakfast and break refreshments are included.

Monday Package ISA Member Non-Member
Early Registration $275 $340
Pre-Registration $300 $365
Onsite Registration $335 $400

This package includes participation in all activities on Tuesday including Trade Show, Climbers' Corner, and all Tuesday Educational Sessions. Light breakfast and break refreshments are included.

Monday Package ISA Member Non-Member
Early Registration $275 $340
Pre-Registration $300 $365
Onsite Registration $335 $400

This package includes participation in all Wednesday Educational Sessions. Break refreshments are included.

Wednesday Package ISA Member Non-Member
Early Registration $230 $295
Pre-Registration $255 $320
Onsite Registration $290 $355

A Trade Show Plus registration grants access to all activities that take place on the Trade Show Floor during all show hours including Sunday Welcome Reception and Climbers’ Corner sessions. Break and reception refreshments are included. Transportation will be scheduled to run between Knoxville Convention Center and Lakeshore Park for the ITCC & Arbor Fair/Expo Friday—Sunday.

This registration also provides access to Sunday Arboriculture Celebration and Monday President's Welcome and Featured Presentation.

Trade Show Plus Package ISA Member Non-Member
Pre-Registration $45 $45
Onsite Registration $55 $55
Child (12 years old or under) $0 $0

A Monday Trade Show registration grants access to all activities that take place on the Trade Show Floor during Monday show hours including Climbers’ Corner sessions. Break refreshments included.

A Tuesday Trade Show registration grants access to all activities that take place on the Trade Show Floor during Tuesday show hours including Climbers’ Corner sessions. Tuesday breakfast and break refreshments included.

Monday or Tuesday Trade Show Package ISA Member Non-Member
Pre-Registration $25 $25
Onsite Registration $30 $30

Welcome Reception Registration includes access to Sunday Arboriculture Celebration and Welcome Reception on the Trade Show Floor. Reception refreshments are included.

Welcome Reception Package ISA Member Non-Member
Pre-Registration $20 $20
Onsite Registration $25 $25
Child (12 years old or under) $0 $0

Ticketed Events

 

Time & Date Registration Type Ticket Price
Tree Anatomy Workshop - SOLD OUT
This three-day intensive tree anatomy workshop will teach you to read trees from the inside-out, helping you more accurately diagnose tree health and vitality issues. Learn about the differences between woody and absorbing roots, assess the structure of woody plant parts from three different planes to aid in the process of identification and diagnosis, better understand how large woody monocots grow, and discover the tree health and function implications of good and bad pruning cuts. Dozens of hands-on activities and practical demonstrations are sure to keep you engaged. You will leave this workshop with a new understanding of the complexity and inner workings of the trees you manage
every day.

Lunch will be provided.
Date: Friday, 9 August - Sunday, 11 August 2019 ISA Member: Pre-Registration $695
Time: Friday & Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Non-Member: Pre-Registration $750
 
Effective Report Writing Workshop
Writing is a critical part of communication. If the reader cannot understand what you are telling them, how do you expect them to proceed? In this class, we will review how to write effectively. We will practice writing styles needed to develop or respond to request for proposals, site memos, field reports, letters, and formal reports. The report themes will focus on risk assessment, construction sites, and site memos in general. This is an interactive course, and participants are required to bring their own laptop computer with the ability to use Microsoft Word software. Participants will receive the class handouts, class exercises, and report templates on a thumb drive during class and will load the documents onto their computer at the start of the class.

Throughout the day, the class will use their laptops to preform specific writing exercises, including editing and writing sample reports. We will examine and critique submitted and sample reports as a group, and discuss how they might be improved.

Lunch will be provided.
Date: Saturday, 10 August 2019 Pre-Registration $225
Time: 9:00 am - 3:15 pm Onsite Registration $250
 
Documenting Evidence Workshop
Arborists routinely examine trees for health and risk. An assignment may involve site review or checking a tree before pruning or removing it —perhaps it will also involve collecting data to report appraisal of damage, trespass issues or forensic investigations about injuries caused by falling trees.

This course covers the professional practice of recognizing and understanding evidence, and learning how to effectively use it in reports. It applies to tree care companies, climbers, municipal, utility, and consulting arborists — anyone working with trees who may later need to explain what was done. In every case, from the routine to the unusual, the arborist needs to clearly understand the practical and intellectual process of documenting what was seen on site.

Regardless of the assignment, the process needs to be systematic, thorough and clearly documented. Later on, if the report or other records are examined and questioned (often many years later), the arborist will be able to review and clearly articulate what was done and why. Topics covered include how to systematically collect, analyze and interpret evidence, keep records and take photographs, in addition to assembling all info into a well-ordered report.

Before the course, participants are encouraged to submit case studies for class discussion. A group exercise includes examining the selected case studies’ strengths and weaknesses, and suggesting ways in which we can improve our professional practices.

A copy of Julian Dunster’s book, Documenting Evidence: Practical Guidance for Arborists, will be included as a part of the registration cost.

Lunch will be provided.
Date: Sunday, 11 August 2019 Pre-Registration $195
Time: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm Onsite Registration $220
 
An Overview of Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide Workshop
This workshop provides an overview of the new study guide and describes how it can be used as preparation for the Utility Specialist exam. Randy and Geoff will co-present, each focusing on the chapters they wrote. Topics include Pruning, Safety, Vegetation Management, Electrical Knowledge, Program Management, Storm Preparation and Response, and Communications. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.
Date: Sunday, 11 August 2019 Pre-Registration $90
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Onsite Registration $110
 
Hands-On Diagnostic Workshop
This hands-on workshop will use a wide range of tree samples illustrating pests, diseases, and physiological diagnostic challenges. Some samples will also focus on tree identification. Discussions will include how to separate “serious” from “not-so-serious” tree problems with an eye towards supporting sustainable urban forests. The overarching goal is to improve the success of tree care professionals in scouting, diagnosing, and reacting to tree problems.
Date: Monday, 12 August 2019 Pre-Registration $120
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Onsite Registration $140

 

 

Time & Date Registration Type Ticket Price
Tour - University of Tennessee Campus and Gardens
The University of Tennessee campus, founded in 1794, consists of 900 acres with more than 8000 trees; it is the largest campus in the US designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA.
The UT Gardens is located on the campus and functions as an outdoor laboratory to evaluate the performance and landscape use of trees and shrubs, as well as annuals and perennials.
Campus Arborist Sam Adams will lead the tour of the UT campus and Gardens and discuss unique plants as well as campus tree management programs.
Date: Saturday, 10 August 2019 Pre-Registration $50
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Onsite Registration $60
 
Tour - City of Knoxville Urban Forest
The tour will begin with a visit to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, which is a recreational, cultural, and historic preservation initiative that incorporates 1,000 acres of remnant native forest along downtown’s south waterfront. The tour will then move to Knoxville’s downtown for a discussion of tree preservation, planting and management initiatives.
Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville urban forester, will lead the tour.
Date: Saturday, 10 August 2019 Pre-Registration $50
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Onsite Registration $60

 

 

Time & Date Registration Type Ticket Price
Women in Arboriculture Networking Reception
Join us for an unstructured happy hour to network with women from around the world who share a passion for trees! Every year, the Women in Arboriculture events bring people with diverse backgrounds together to share their experiences working with trees. This is a unique opportunity for networking at an event that celebrates diversity. All conference attendees — women and men — are welcome! Two drinks tickets and light refreshments included with this ticket.
Date: Monday, 12 August 2019 Pre-Registration $20
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Onsite Registration $30
Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts
 
AREA Meeting and Student Social
Students, conference speakers and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with Arboriculture Research and Education Academy (AREA) colleagues. The event will begin with the annual AREA meeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by a networking social at Calhoun’s on the River. Some drinks and appetizers will be provided with your ticket. Special recognition will be given to the 2019 AREA student travel grant recipients and IS Student Ambassadors. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. A ticket will be required for entry to the meeting and networking social at Calhoun’s.
Date: Monday, 12 August 2019 Pre-Registration $15
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Onsite Registration $20
  ISA Student Member: Pre-Registration $5
  ISA Student Member: Onsite Registration $10
 
TREE Fund After Hours & "Toast With the Host"
Bring your friends to celebrate TREE Fund successes and the supporters who make it happen, followed by the Toast With the Host soiree with ISA's Southern Chapter. All are invited to join the fun!
Highlights Include:
• Ken Ottman Outstanding Volunteer Award Announcement
• Opportunity to support your favorite Tour des Trees Team and Rider
• Appetizers and drink tickets
Admission is FREE, but please RSVP by adding this ticket to your Conference Registration so we know you are coming! TREE Fund After Hours proceeds benefit TREE Fund, supporting tree research and education.
Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2018    
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm    

 

 

Time & Date Registration Type Ticket Price
SCA: Field Day
Elephants, Ijams, and Arboriculture: How Do They Connect? Join the Society of Commercial Arboriculture for the 2019 SCA Field Day, and learn from fellow commercial arborists at our best networking event of the year! SCA has an amazing lineup scheduled for its annual focus on local, commercial businesses and how they contribute to their community. Participants can learn new ways to involve their organizations in great social missions at home. On Wednesday, 14 August, participants will visit the offices of Cortese Tree Specialists and Wolf Tree for a peek around their operations, and visit two of Cortese’s regular sites: Ijams Nature Center and Zoo Knoxville. Cortese Tree Manager Nicholas St. Sauveur will share how the company became involved in these local projects. The SCA Field Day includes tours of the Ijams Nature Center, Zoo Knoxville, and the Elephant Barn. Lunch and bus transportation are included. Join us!
Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019 Pre-Registration $58
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Onsite Registration $75
 
SMA: Municipal Specialist Workshop
This full-day workshop will help prepare individuals for the ISA Municipal Specialist Certification exam, to be taken at a future date. The ISA Municipal Specialist Certification Preparation Course was developed by the Society of Municipal Arborists and will provide an overview of all six of the exam’s domains, including: Policy/Planning, Administration, Risk Management, Arboricultural Practices, Communication Skills, and Public Relations/Education. The presentations for each domain will include terms, key concepts, and suggested items for self-study.
Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019 Pre-Registration $100
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Onsite Registration $125