Field Entomology Workshop for Arborists

Presented in conjunction with the International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter (ISAO)

Have you ever found an insect and had no idea what it was? Was it a predator, a beneficial species, or perhaps a new invasive pest? Take part in a 2-day workshop filled with interactive activities designed to sharpen your scouting, identification and management skills for pests and beneficial insects of trees and shrubs. The workshop will take place in the tranquil, natural learning environment of the Queens University Biological Research Station (just north of Kingston). Registration includes 2 nights accommodation and all meals and is offered to members of the Ontario Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Motivated by their contagious passion for learning, Marvin Gunderman, Dave Cheung and Jen Llewellyn will lead the workshop in an inspiring, engaging, team building style filled with humour and fun. CEU’s will be available.

The workshop is made up of a series of engaging lectures that covers the diversity of insect orders with emphasis on the major orders (Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera and Hemiptera). You will learn about the grotesque nature of parasitic wasps, discover the amazing diversity of flies, be fascinated by the lifecycle of host switching parthenogenic gall-making aphids and much more.

After the lectures test your new gained knowledge with one of the many interactive team-based games. Whether it’s the fast-paced identification game Speed-ID or strategy-filled Insect Guess Who, you and your team are guaranteed to have a great time while learning lots in the process. At the end of the workshop, lies one final group challenge that puts everything you learned to the test, including your identification, scouting and collecting skills!

Below is what a typical day at the workshop looks like. Lectures are broken up with fun, high-energy games and collecting trips.

Here is an excerpt from the workshop schedule.


This unique content-packed course will add to the foundation and confidence for all your plant health-related activities and supports all previous and future IPM training. You will save time when answering customer inquiries about insect identification, all while building customer trust and loyalty.

Don’t just take our word for it, the following were quotes extracted from the course review from past participants:

“Atmosphere – Instructors – Positive energetic atmosphere that made learning fun. Very knowledgeable instructors.”

-– Anonymous ISAO Participant 2018 

“The games tested knowledge and were a great way to learn from non-entomologists. Videos and lectures were very informative and interesting.”

-– Anonymous ISAO Participant 2018


“The presentation of all the orders by section. The pictures were fantastic. Videos were great too! Good Teachers!! Easy to communicate with people.” 

-– Anonymous ISAO Participant 2018

“Applying the in-class theory with the games and an outdoor application was very helpful, especially for those who learn by doing. The handouts were great!”

-– Anonymous ISAO Participant 2018


“Overall, AMAZING! Great fun-filled, information packed, an exciting weekend with amazing people.”

-– Anonymous ISAO Participant 2018

If you are interested in registering for the 2019 ISAO Field Entomology course contact ISAO.

Phone: 1-888-463-2316



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