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Urban Tree Summit

Wed September 7 @ 12:00 pm - Thu September 15 @ 3:00 pm EDT

Annual Tree Summit hosted by Casey Trees and Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, Washington DC, present the eleventh annual conference — Urban Tree Summit. Presentations will focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Trees provide many benefits: they clean and cool our air, stabilize our soils, provide wildlife habitat, and beautify our urban and suburban areas. We encourage all arborists, landscape industry and environmental/green industry professionals, engineers, designers, housing developers, and interested citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to learn new techniques and concepts on what can be done to ensure the survival of trees in our built environment.

Event Format

In lieu of a traditional single day conference event, we have opted this year to continue with our multi-day virtual and field session format with intentions to promote public safety as well as provide a more impactful experience.

We are kicking off our event with a day of virtual sessions to allow anyone, far and wide, to learn from our speakers. Following the virtual session, we will be hosting three in-person field sessions. We hope these field sessions will allow for engaging conversations, networking opportunities, and an impactful conference experience. All field sessions will be held in person and on location at various sites.


Identification will be checked at the door. Ticket rate is per person. All raised funds support this event.

Getting There

Field sessions will be held in numerous locations across the DMV region. Exact maps and meeting locations for in-person sessions will be sent out to ticket holders as events approach.


Field sessions will be held in numerous locations across the DMV region. We will work with individual participants who have indicated need for accommodations on their ticket purchase to ensure an accessible event for all. In the event we are unable to make appropriate accommodations, we will refund tickets in full for any inaccessible events.

Our Sponsors

The Urban Tree Summit is made possible by generous financial and in-kind contributions from our sponsors. Join the ranks of the community-minded businesses working towards a collective mission by following the PDF or online forms or by reaching out to development@caseytrees.org to sponsor.

Urban Tree Summit Agenda:

Half-day Virtual Session – Wednesday September 7th

Virtual Day Agenda:

Morning Keynote – 8:30am – 9:30am

Nadina Galle, Internet of Nature

“Why Nature and The Internet Go Hand-in-Hand”

Concurrent Sessions 1 – 9:40am – 10:40am

Session 1A

Daan Bleichrodt, IVN

“Tiny Forests- Reconnecting City Dwellers to Nature”

Session 1B

Chris Cowles, Wetland Studies and Solutions

“Large Tree Transplant Process”

Concurrent Sessions 2 -10:50am – 11:50am

Session 2A

Glynn Percival, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory

“Boosting Tree Immunity for Disease Control”

Session 2B

Jeanmarie Papelian, Armenia Tree Project

“Reforestation, Sustainability, and Empowerment in Armenia”

Afternoon Keynote –12:00pm – 1:00pm

Kathleen Wolfe, Research Social Scientist

“Trees in Cities: Human Health and Economic Value”

Field Session 1 – Thursday September 8

Pope Farm Nursery Tour

Presented by: Brian Dahl, Pope Farm Nursery Manager; and Adam Tankersley, Tree Nursery Supervisor

Located in: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Field Session 2 – Wednesday September 14

Street Trees in Prince George’s County

Presented by: Wayne Lucas, Landscape Architect and Arborist with Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation

Located in: Prince George’s County

Field Session 3 – Thursday September 15

Urban Forestry Division Tree Tour

Presented by: the District of Columbia Urban Forestry Division staff

Located in: Washington DC


Are continuing education units (CEUs) being offered at this event?

Yes. CEUs will be awarded by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), MD Licensed Tree Expert (MD LTE), and Society of American Foresters (SAF).

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us at friends@caseytrees.org or 202.349.1909

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. For changes to event registration, contact us at friends@caseytrees.org or 202.349.1909

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Guests will be checked in on arrival based on registration name.

What is the refund policy?

This event is non-refundable. If you are no longer able to make it, please let us know in advance and we will process your registration as a tax-deductible contribution instead.


Wed September 7 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Thu September 15 @ 3:00 pm EDT


Multiple Locations and Online
See Ticket Type For Location Details
Washington, DC 20017 United States


Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees