Technical Tours

Please Note: All tour fees include a box lunch and/or snacks, transportation, and applicable entry fees. We recommend sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. Visit the registration webpage  for details about tour attendance fees and how to register. 

Tuesday Technical Tours - September 20

8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Forests, Water, and Fire: Adapting Forest Management for a Changing Climate

18 spots available

Clean water starts in our forests. Join us as we explore approaches to managing forests around drinking water reservoirs, challenges faced, and plans for adapting management in the context of climate change. We will see the largest reservoir supply network in Maryland and two source water watersheds for the City of Frederick. Stops will highlight responses to invasive species, wildlife, prescribed burning for native pine diversity, and urban tree planting/forest buffer establishment in a Monocacy Watershed community. A box lunch will be provided at the rustic Catoctin Quaker Camp, adjacent to the Frederick City Watershed, where landscape stewardship, climate planning, carbon modeling, and outreach merge. We will finish the day at the scenic and historic Schifferstadt Park in Frederick, where urban and watershed forestry mix.

8:15 am - 1:15 pm | Technology, Trees, and UAVs


What will the practice of forestry look like in another 20 years? Join this field trip to see cutting-edge technology and what it could mean for the future of forest measurements and management. We will start with a tour of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to learn about the capabilities of latest technology in the GEDI project and how it could interact with Forest Inventory and Analysis. Participants then travel to the popular Patapsco Valley State Park to view a demonstration of drone capabilities and learn how drones are transforming everything from forest management to forest health evaluation and safely expanding prescribed burning. Registered participants must have their valid ID with them to enter NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Chesapeake Shore: Forestry for the Bay


Forests are a cornerstone of the Chesapeake Bay Program, a global model for watershed restoration. Join us as we embark from two waterfront locations on state and private lands to learn about the partnerships, programs, and innovations in outreach and landscape analysis for better water, air, habitat, fuel management, and local wood economy. Our first stop will be at an active management landowner property on an Eastern Shore peninsula. This will be followed by a visit to Sandy Point State Park on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. After lunch, the tour will offer an immersive Chesapeake experience at the state park with your choice of hiking along the tidal wetlands and forests or exploring waterside from a classic dead rise fishing boat. With boat capacity limited to 30, the boating option will be available on a first come, first served basis.

8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Speaking Forestry in the Nation's Capital


Explore our Nation’s Capital forestry-style! This tour will highlight forest history and urban forestry and delve into the beltway issues in the Nation’s Capital that are relevant to forests and foresters nationwide. Tour stops include the Capitol grounds, National Mall, USDA Forest Service headquarters, and Casey Trees, and private land forest care within the District of Columbia. 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Baltimore's Urban Forestry Lifecycle: Urban Silviculture, Community Forestry Caretakers, and Wood Utilization

18 spots available

Nicknamed “Charm City,” Baltimore is a leader in collaborative efforts to protect and care for the urban forest. The city's TreeBaltimore Partnership changed the way private-public relationships work to protect, increase, and improve the city's urban tree canopy. On this tour, learn the joys and challenges of bringing forestry to life in Charm City. Tour stops will include a protected forest patch where community stewards work with Baltimore Green Space and researchers in locally-led management; Camp Small, the city's wood reutilization site on the front lines of sustainable urban forestry; Gwynns Falls – Leakin Park, one of the largest urban forests east of the Mississippi (Gwynns Falls - Leakin Park); and a recently created community PeacePark at Stillmeadow Community Fellowship where they are blending faith and stewardship traditions.  

Saturday Technical Tours - September 24

8:00 am - 5:15 pm | Fish Grow on Trees: Agroforestry for the Chesapeake

31 spots available

Agroforestry has been part of the Chesapeake Bay Forest Restoration Strategy since 2012 and is one of five approaches utilized to restore and enhance forest canopy in the Chesapeake Bay Region. Agroforestry can meld environmental and economic goals for sustainability of farming enterprises. This full-day tour features the world-renowned Stroud Water Research Center and will include a multi-generational organic grass-based dairy and silvopasture. Along the way, participants will see efforts to expand tree canopy by planting edible riparian forest buffers, vegetative environmental buffers in livestock operations, and trees in pastures. Participants will hear from private investment companies, NGOs, and entrepreneurs who are working to implement agroforestry in the Chesapeake Bay Region.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm | Urban Wood Utilization

29 spots available

Dive into the world of urban wood products and visit multiple businesses that utilize urban wood in their operations. The first stop will be Camp Small, an urban sawmill, mulch supplier, woodshop, composter, and workforce development program. Since its start in 2016, Camp Small has demonstrated that reutilized forest materials have higher value and can be used to support the city budget, benefit local wood economies, create jobs, and help reduce our carbon footprint. During your visit to Camp Small you will learn about the program and view the operation in action. The second stop will consist of a visit to Camp Small’s finished products at a recreation center, followed by a stop at Brick and Board. Brick and Board is a Baltimore-based retailer of reclaimed wood and brick that salvages materials through the deconstruction of old buildings with a commitment to creating skilled, living-wage jobs for residents with employment barriers.

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