Get to Know Your Trees: 1-Day School in Mansfield

School for Trees

MANSFIELD, Ohio — Discover your green, leafy friends — and lots of their own friends, too — at Tree School, set for April 18 on the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University.

Sponsored by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the event looks at trees, their care, and the life living in and around them.

It’s for gardeners, woodland owners, wildlife lovers, Christmas tree growers, landscapers and anyone else keen on trees, said Marne Titchenell, one of the instructors and a wildlife specialist in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Sessions will cover selecting, planting, pruning and identifying trees; diagnosing and managing tree pests and diseases; and managing woody vegetation in right-of-ways.

There will be sessions, too, on landscaping for wildlife, including songbirds and pollinators such as butterflies, and on building vernal pools. Vernal pools are temporary water pools, often only present in spring, that are essential breeding grounds for amphibians such as wood frogs, spring peepers, American toads and spotted salamanders.

The hours for the class are 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Ovalwood Hall on the campus, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield.

Registration is $40 by April 4, $50 afterward and $10 for students. Details and a link to online registration are at The registration deadline is April 11.

Participants will be eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit under the Ohio Forest Tax Law program. Other continuing education credits will be available, too, Titchenell said.

For more information, call 614-688-3421 or email

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