For a volunteer-run Association, CTPA is amazingly active!
In addition, spring and fall, it presents the series of classes known as Arboriculture 101. It also hosts frequent large and small workshops on a variety of topics (check out the upcoming events in the sidebar to the right).
CTPA’s Four Annual Events
Annual (Winter) Meeting
The Annual Meeting is held each year on the third Thursday in January, the Annual Meeting is CTPA’s largest event, often with over 700 or even 800 attendees. It is a combination of a trade show and an educational event, wrapped around a great lunch. The Annual Meeting is also the venue of the Association’s annual Business Meeting, during which new directors and officers are elected for the upcoming year.
CTPA’s Summer Meeting is held on the third Thursday in July, the Summer Meeting is a combination of an outdoor trade show, and educational event and super-large summer picnic – often with over 700 attendees. Less formal than the Annual Meeting, the Summer Meeting tends to draw many tree workers who get a break from the busy summer season.
Arbor Day Competition
As part of its annual Arbor Day Competition, CTPA holds a poster contest that is open to fifth grade students from across the state. Each year, this grade of students is challenged to draw an image representative of “My Favorite Tree in My Town”. Winning posters are selected from each of the state’s eight counties, with the poster’s creator invited to a tree planting ceremony held on Arbor Day.
Connecticut Tree Climbing Competition
The Connecticut Tree Climbing Competition (CTCC) allows tree climbers from around the state to demonstrate the ability to climb trees, safely and with skill, in a way that is a hallmark of their profession. This competition is held each year at a public park somewhere within the State of Connecticut. These climbers, men and women, are not just good, they are exciting to watch, as they show their mastery of the skills, knowledge and techniques it takes to climb trees professionally and with care.