STUDENT WORKSHOPS

These workshops are provided as an additional educational experience for students and faculty. Students can earn one point towards their CDS certificate by attending any one morning and any one afternoon session.

Registration is $15 per person, which includes one morning session, one afternoon session, and lunch. Participation in these workshops is not required in order to compete in the competitive events, but the workshop may be helpful in preparing the student for competition. Participation is limited due to space constraints, please register early.

Workshop Schedule


8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Student Workshops (3 Hour AM Sessions)
Arboriculture Part 1
Hardscape Installation
Irrigation 101: Irrigation Hands-on
Irrigation 201: Principles of Design
Landscape Lighting
Woody Ornamental Plant ID

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Student Workshops (1.25 Hours - Session 1)
3D Exterior Landscape Design
Environmental Sustainability
Powering your Investment, Productivity and Profitability
Sales Presentation
Skid Steer Operation
Small Engine Repair
Truck and Trailer

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Student Workshops (1.25 Hours - Session 2)
3D Exterior Landscape Design
Environmental Sustainability
Powering your Investment, Productivity and Profitability
Sales Presentation
Skid Steer Operation
Small Engine Repair
Truck and Trailer

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Student Workshops (3 Hour PM Sessions)
Arboriculture Part 2
Hardscape Installation
Irrigation 101: Irrigation Hands-on
Irrigation 201: Principles of Design
Landscape Lighting
Woody Ornamental Plant ID

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Student Workshops (1.25 Hours - Session 3)
Compact Excavator Operation
Computer Aided Landscape Design
Maintenance Cost Estimating
Powering your Investment, Productivity and Profitability
Skid Steer Operation
Truck and Trailer

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Student Workshops (1.25 Hours - Session 4)
Compact Excavator Operation
Computer Aided Landscape Design
Maintenance Cost Estimating
Powering your Investment, Productivity and Profitability
Skid Steer Operation
Truck and Trailer

Workshop Topics

Arboriculture Workshop
Sponsored by ArborMaster Training and Husqvarna

The Arboriculture Workshop will be a continuing program from the morning session to the afternoon session.There is no limit to the number of students/faculty that may participate per school or per session.
Students that are interested in climbing during this workshop must attend both sessions and bring their own climbing gear (saddles and climbing lines) and personal protective equipment (hard hat, goggles, gloves, etc.) and wear appropriate climbing shoes and attire.

Irrigation I & II Workshops
Sponsored by Hunter Industries and American Society of Irrigation Consultants

Irrigation 101; Irrigation Hands-on, 8:30 – 11:30; repeat in the afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30

  • 3 groups, with 45 minutes per each session 
    • Indoor Product Instruction – Product ID, installation techniques and some basic troubleshooting
    • Outside Installation Demonstration – How to read a plan, a legend, and install the components. Groups of two
    • Outside Troubleshooting – Basic and intermediate troubleshooting of electrical, valves and hydraulics

    Irrigation 201; Principles of Design, 8:30 – 11:30; repeat in the afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30

    • Principles of design to include basic hydraulics, layouts of zones, pipe sizing, and product selection

Landscape Lighting

8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

During this workshop, we will be exploring many avenues in landscape lighting. A few, but not all, include the following:

  • Electrical -terms, Ohms Law, voltage drop calculations
  • Products - Transformers and Fixture selection
  • Installation “hands-on”- wire selection, wire splices, wiring techniques, fixture placement, transformer installation and timing mechanisms
  • Design - basic design description with “do’s and don’ts”
  • Maintenance - maintaining a lighting system
  • Value to the property “Why Lighting”

Because of the content of this workshop, class size will be limited to 25 attendees. First come, first served!