The Urban Forestry Certification Program was developed with support from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to train citizens of southern Arizona to become better stewards of our urban forests.  Homeowners and citizen stewards are invited to participate at any level to support overall care of our community trees.  This program also offers professional development for landscape and nursery professionals as well as anyone preparing to take the ISA Certified Arborist® exam (but does not replace independent study for this exam).   See available classes below or visit our Class Schedule and select the “Urban Forestry” category from the dropdown list at the top of the page to view current classes.

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Requirements

Students who complete all seven (7) required classes and five (5) elective classes within 6 years will earn certification from the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Classes will be offered on a rotating schedule.  If you would like to receive quarterly emails about upcoming classes offered as part of this program, please subscribe at the bottom of this page.

Required Classes:

  • Urban Forestry & Community Health
  • Tree Biology Part 1: Roots & Stems
  • Tree Biology Part 2: Leaves & Flowers  (Prerequisite: Tree Biology Part 1)
  • Tree Identification
  • Tree Care Part 1: Selection & Growing Conditions
  • Tree Care Part 2:  Planting & Management (Prerequisite: Tree Care Part 1)
  • Principles of Pruning

Required classes currently available for registration:

Elective Classes: 

Elective class topics will vary year-by-year. Current elective classes include:

Fruit Tree Care
Wednesday, Mar. 28  
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Included with Gardens Admission
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Trees that produce edible fruit can offer particular challenges to the home gardener.  Learn the best times and methods for pruning, watering, and collecting fruit during this pruning and care demonstration.  Species covered will include Pomegranate, Carob, and Fig.  Landscape designer and Certified Arborist, Jason Isenberg, will start with a brief crash course on pruning dos and don’ts and then describe tree care work being performed in real time at the Gardens.  Jason is founder and owner of REALM (www.realmenvironments.com), a full-service outdoor lifestyle firm specializing in custom design, detailed construction and 100% organic maintenance.This program is complementary for Gardens members or included with the price of admission for non-members.

Questions?

Please contact Ashley Pedersen, Director of Education, at education1@tucsonbotanical.org or 520-326-9686 ext. *39 (the * is very important)

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