January 26, 27, February 9, 10, 2017

8:00 am - 5:30 pm each day


First United Methodist Church Bryan 
507 E. 27th Street
Bryan, TX 77803

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Margaret Spencer, CTSP 
Streamside Green, LLC 

About the instructor:

Dr. W. Todd Watson is an international plant health care consultant and has worked in private and public sectors in tree and landscape education, research, and management for over 25 years.  He has a BS degree in Horticulture and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Watson is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University and recently was the Program Leader for Urban and Community Forestry where he conducted research and taught arboriculture and urban forestry classes.  In 2005, he was named a Montague Teaching Scholar at Texas A&M, and he received the SLATE award for teaching excellence in 2009.  He has authored several articles in research journals and professional publications, and he has provided numerous tree and landscape presentations throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Dr. Watson is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and has served on committees and editorial boards for ISA.  In addition, he has been the Vice President of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy and served as President of the ISA Texas Chapter.  Dr. Watson is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist (TX-0974b) and was voted Texas Arborist of the Year in 2003.


Online Registration is Closed.

Seats are available and we'll gladly get you registered at the door!

 Come join us!

Arboriculture 101 is unique.  Unlike some workshops, this short course utilizes lecture and hands-on instruction.  Attendees have the opportunity to learn real world applications to validate concepts taught in the lectures.  A variety of instructional methods, such as hands-on displays, interactive discussions, and media demonstrations will be used as effective tools to address the varied learning styles of the students.

Dr. Watson's approach to education is to be a facilitator of learning.  This begins with teaching basic concepts and then building on these facts towards more complex subject matter.  Between classes, participants are encouraged to study and assimilate the information covered during the previous class.  Each student will receive a manual of study notes, study questions, and a list of online resources to assist in learning the information presented.

Some participants may only want to attend one or two days instead of the entire workshop to obtain continuing education credits or additional training in specific areas.  Attendees who participate in the entire 4-day short course will receive a certificate of completion.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Architects, engineers, and developers who design and build structures around trees
  • Landscape architects
  • Landscape managers
  • Individuals interested in taking the ISA Certified Exam
  • Individuals interested in earning TCIA's Tree Care Specialist credential
  • Certified Treecare Safety Professionals, Certified Landscape Professionals, Certified Arboists, Licensed Pesticide Applicators, Landscape Architects, or other individuals seeking continuing education credits
  • Seasoned professionals seeking to learn the latest recommendations for caring for trees
  • Anyone with an interest in urban trees

Day 1 - Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:00-8:30            Pre-Evaluation Exam
8:30-10:00          Tree Biology
10:00-10:15         Break
10:15-12:00         Tree Biology
12:00-12:45         Lunch
12:45-3:00           Tree Biology
3:00-3:15             Break
3:15-4:00             Tree Biology
4:00-5:30             Tree Pruning

Day 2 - Friday, January 27, 2017

8:00-10:00            Tree-Soil Relations
10:00-10:15           Break
10:15-11:00            Tree-Soil Relations
11:00-12:00           Water Management
12:00-12:45           Lunch
12:45-3:00            Tree Nutrition & Fertilization
3:00-3:15               Break
3:15-5:30               Safe Work Practices

Day 3 - Thursday, February 9, 2017

8:00-10:00            Tree Identification
10:00-10:15           Break
10:15-11:00            Tree Selection
11:00-12:00           Tree Installation & Establishment
12:00-12:45           Lunch
12:45-2:00            Tree Installation & Establishment
2:00-3:00              Trees & Construction
3:00-3:15               Break
3:15-4:00               Trees & Construction
4:00-5:30              Tree Support & Protection Systems

Day 4 - Friday, February 10, 2017

8:00-10:00            Plant Health Care
10:00-10:15           Break
10:15-12:00           Diagnosis and Plant Disorders
12:00-12:45           Lunch
12:45-3:15             Tree Assessment & Risk Mgmt.
3:15-3:30               Break
3:30-5:00              Urban Forestry
5:00-5:30              Post-Evaluation Exam