Application Information

Application now open!

Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2023

Participants Notified by: Feb. 17, 2023

Program Eligibility

This program is open to any high school junior or senior. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented or underserved populations.

Program Details


  • Friday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Program Location

The training will take place at Treehaven in Tomahawk, Wis. Additional information on Treehaven including driving directions is available herePlease note that on-site lodging will not be available for high school participants.

Program Cost

Due to the generous support of our sponsors, all costs for the program are covered, including UW-Stevens Point tuition for this 1-credit course.

For Employers and Sponsors

Sponsoring Students

To make this program possible, we rely on the support of industry partners. These partners help cover:

  • Treehaven facility fees
  • Tuition costs

If your company is interested in sponsoring a student or students, please contact the Wisconsin Forestry Center. 

Hiring Participants

Are you interested in hiring program participants? We are happy to help connect you! Feel to reach out to us.

​For High School Students

Science of Tree Felling (FOR 396)

March 24-26, 2023 | Tomahawk, Wis.

In this course, high schoolers will join UW-Stevens Point forestry undergraduate students and industry professionals in a 3-day, field-intensive chainsaw training. As part of this course, you will work directly with more than 10 industry professionals to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to safely fell a tree. Through guided field training you will learn how to safely cut down, delimb, and buck a tree while earning an industry-recognized certificate and college credit. Specifically, you will learn directional felling and chainsaw safety while earning 1 credit in FOR 396 from UWSP and Tree Felling certification from UWSP and Husqvarna. All participants will receive a complimentary set of personal protective equipment, donated by Husqvarna, including chainsaw chaps, hard hat with hearing protection, and safety glasses. 

Want to learn more? Watch this video from the 2021 course...

"The hands-on learning technique paired with professionals is the source of confidence and knowledge we need for education. The students from MIHS were able to leave the course with an experience that created an opportunity to be skilled in a workforce position before they graduate high school."

--Klint Hischke, science teacher,
Menominee Indian High School (teacher participant in 2022 course)

Program Sponsors

The 2023 offering of the Science of Tree Felling is generously supported by:

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