Chiricahua Tree Course

@ Southwestern Research Station
on Monday, Oct 03-Oct 07, 2022
in Portal, AZ

Chiricahua Trees Course
October 3-7, 2022
at The Southwestern Research Station
Portal Arizona
Sponsored by the University of Arizona and The University of California in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History.

The trees course is an introduction to the ecology, field biology and utilization of desert adapted trees in landscapes. The goal of the course is to give
attendees knowledge about how trees survive in nature and what lessons this teaches for cultivation of trees in urban and suburban landscapes. For those holding certified arborist credentials we offer 30 CEU’s during this five day course.

Structure of the course
The course involves both field observation and classroom teaching. Each day will includes lectures and field trips to unique habitats within the sky islands of South Easter Arizona. The course will focus on tree adaptations to diverse environments, landforms, water resources, and relationships of trees to other organisms. Each evening after dinner will be keynote seminars by one of the faculty including night field trips to see wildlife that utilize trees at night. 

SWRS—South Western Research Station Is a field station of the American Museum of Natural History and provides lodging (dorm style) and meals each day of the course. SWRS is located in Cave Creek Canyon approximately 5 miles from Portal, AZ. It has a spring fed swimming pool, miles of hiking trails and is extremely quiet and retreat-like. The cost of the course per day is less than most annual meeting hotel rates and includes: lodging, program, and meals.

Course sign up is through the American Museum of Natural History. Cost: $725.00 includes lodging and meals for the 5 night course. Arrive at the SWRS in the morning on Oct3 and depart after breakfast on Oct 8th. Instruction begins after lunch on Monday and ends with evening lectures on the 7th.

Course information and an online registration form can be found at

Early and late arrivals/departure is available for extra cost.

For more information about the course email Jim Downer at


Southwestern Research Station

Portal, AZ