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Penn Del ISA and Penn State Extension Present
Easter Pennsylvania Tree Climbing School
Oct. 6-10, 2014
Horticulture Center, Philadelphia, PA
Course Fee: $485

This five-day tree climbing school is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension and the International Society of Arboriculture - Penn Del Chapter. The school is designed to teach the fundamentals of safe tree climbing and maintenance. Major emphasis will be placed on learning the skills required to climb and prune trees. Experienced professionals from Penn State, ISA Penn Del Chapter and industry will present lectures and demonstrations. The school will include classroom and fieldwork covering:

  • safety/safe climbing practices,
  • equipment/use of hand tools,
  • tree terminology,
  • tree disease and insect diagnosis,
  • culture and pruning,
  • tree removal, and
  • knots.

Students completing this school will not be accomplished climbers; however, students will have a satisfactory basic understanding, knowledge, and the skills required in the field of tree maintenance and tree climbing. A great deal of time will be spent in trees climbing.

To achieve success in this climbing course, all participants should be in good health and have a desire to work in arboriculture. On the first day, all participants will be asked to sign a waiver releasing the instructors, The Pennsylvania State University, and the International Society of Arboriculture - Penn Del Chapter from all liability.

Safety is a school priority and will be vigorously taught and monitored.
Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.
Confirmation letters will be sent to all enrolled students with a list of required equipment for the course. If you need further information, please contact the Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Management at 814- 865-7541.
Registration includes a 1-year membership in the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

Instructors
Kris Edson
Lead Tree Surgeon, Arborist
Penn State University
James Savage
Certified Arborist
Instructor of Arboriculture
Penn State University Horticulture Department
Industry Representatives
Professional, experienced climbers from different companies will assist in the instruction of this school.

Note: Food/Meals
Meals and food will not be provided during the Tree Climbing School. Participants will be responsible for providing their own lunch and snacks.

Download Full Course Brochure and Registration Form

 
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Tree Climbing Competition
Registration is now open for the Penn Del Chapter Tree Climbing Competition.

  • The Eastern Tree Climbing Competition will be on May 3 at the ISA Memorial Grove in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA. Contact Chris Miller at 610-476-4851 for more information.
  • The Western Tree Climbing Competition will be on May 17 at Dormont Park, Dormont, PA. Contact Matt Erb at 412-362-6360.
  • Both events are limited to 30 participants and space is available first come first serve.
  • The Master's Challenge will be held June 7 in State College, PA at the Arboretum.

Download the registration form here.

*** Note: Only Chapter Members are eligible to represent the Penn Del Chapter at the Master's Challenge. A grand prize will be awarded to the overall winner, and additional prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants as available. Contestants competing for points, standing, or prizes, must a) reside or work in Pennsylvania or Delaware, and b) must be PennDel Chapter ISA members in good standing. Limited membership scholarships are available to first time competitors. Others are welcome to practice if the competition venue roster allows, but are ineligible for invitational competition standing or prizes. Contestants winning prizes in the earlier competition venue are welcome to enter later competitions that year. They can win individual event prizes, but cannot win overall championship prizes, nor improve their placement or point standing.

 
     
 

Eastern Pa Arbor Day of Service

This years Eastern PA Arbor Day of Service will be held on Wednesday, April 23 2014. The event site will be in Philadelphia in Fairmount Park at the Penn Del ISA Memorial Grove. To find the site type into Google maps Penn Del ISA Memorial Grove. To volunteer or ask questions please contact Peter Fixler at peterfix@msn.com or call him at (610) 574-3849.

 
     
  Penn Del ISA 2014 Membership Application  
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The Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture was founded in 1960. The purpose of this organization is to foster a greater appreciation for shade trees and to promote the science, technology, and practice of professional arboriculture in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

There are currently over eight hundred members in the chapter including commercial, consulting, municipal, and utility arborists, researchers and educators, horticulturists, and individuals interested in the care of trees and landscapes.

 
     
 
 

 

   
 
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