Choose the way you want to learn!

This program will be presented simultaneously live, in-person and live online!
There is also the Self Study options. (see below)


Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Log into Webinar
8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:15 pm EDT
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 – 1:15 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
1:15 – 4:30 pm EDT


Presented by
John Palmer, BCMA

The Scientific, Economic, and Aesthetic Benefits of Trees
Physical benefits
Environmental benefits
Social benefits
Health benefits
Economic benefits

If Trees Could Talk – The Secrets of Healthy, Mature Trees
Biology and anatomy
Native vs. non-native

Trees are Infrastructure: Design Elements that Appreciate
Placement and value
Deforestation By Design™
Structural cells
Planning vs. design
After the job

Trees and Site Requirements: Always at Odds?
Compaction and proctor density
The brown infrastructure
Screened soils: the silent killer
Root myths
Avoidable conflicts

Trees That Outlive Designs: After the Project is Finished
Trees in teacups
Soil volume
Increasing value
Proper structure

Threats to Trees
Biotic and abiotic
An ounce of prevention
Computer modeling risks


 Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
 Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

For more information, visit the Support section at


Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 AIA LU|HSW    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)

Certified Arborists:
6.5 ISA CEUs

6.5 SAF Cat 1 Hour



Continuing Education Credit Information

This course offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education
hours to architects in all states. It offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to
landscape architects in most states. HalfMoon Education will not be seeking landscape
architect course approval in Florida, New Jersey, or North Carolina.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in
Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey
(Approval No. 24GP00000700), and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is
deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects,
and landscape architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects
Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2),
and §79-1.5(i)(2)). Courses approved by the AIA/CES qualify for Florida and New Jersey
architects. Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing
Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect
Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to
the AIA/CES and LA CES.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this event for the following
CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist; 5.75 Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist,
Aerial Lift; 3.25 BCMA Management; 2 BCMA Science; 1.25 BCMA Practice.

The Society of American Foresters has approved this course for 6.5 SAF Cat. 1 hours.

In-person attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available
after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance
certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen
business days.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event online,
respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the
presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


COVID Health Considerations: In accordance with guidance from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only those who are fully vaccinated should
gather indoors without masks. Those not yet fully vaccinated should continue social
distancing and wearing facemasks indoors. Please review CDC guidance for recent


John Palmer BCMA

Planet Care Landscape and Arboricultural Services
Mr. Palmer is a Consulting Arborist, Board Certified Master Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture, and an advanced Tree Risk Assessor. He is an author, speaker, and trainer, on subjects including The Future of Urban Forestry, Deforestation By Design™, The New Construction Paradigm, and The Leadership Laws of Nature. His focus is on trees in urban and construction environments, soil deficiencies and the importance of soils for sustainable mature trees, increasing urban tree canopies by ensuring trees live to maturity, and unsustainable landscape designs. His areas of expertise include young tree training, proper pruning and planting practices, biomechanics, soil and water management, urban forestry, tree biology, and healthy root system development.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: The Tree Course: Science, Design, and Sustainability

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the scientific, economic and aesthetic benefits of trees, the science of healthy and mature trees, trees are design elements, trees and site requirements, trees that outlive designs, and threats to trees.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the environmental, social, health, and economic benefits of trees.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the biology and anatomy of trees, including the interaction between soils, roots, oxygen, and stress.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain the concepts of trees as design elements and part of the infrastructure in the built environment.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and describe threats to trees, including biotic and abiotic threats and neglect. Learners will be able to identify preventative measures to maintain healthy trees and increase longevity.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with landscape design and understanding of trees as energy conservation elements

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/16/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.