NEC-ISA’s 32nd Annual Tree Climbing Championship


Press release contact: Heather Leff, 978-844-0441 or [email protected]

NEC-ISA’s 32nd Annual Tree Climbing Championship

Saturday, June 17, 2023 - RAIN DATE: Sunday June 18th  

Time: 6:45am - 6:00pm

Location: University of Massachusetts - Mount Ida Campus – Newton, MA

Media, want to experience tree climbing? Contact us to get into the canopy!

The New England Chapter of ISA is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture Tree Climbing Championship will be held at the University of Massachusetts Mt. Ida Campus in Newton, Massachusetts.  Tree climbing competitions demonstrate the working conditions of arborists in the field. The competition helps provide the public with a better understanding of the skills it takes to properly climb and care for trees. This unique and exciting event is open to the public.  We hope you are all able to attend.    

Watch as the region’s most skilled climbers compete for the coveted title of New England Champion and a chance to compete in the grand finale, known as the International Tree Climbing Championship, to be held this summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Climbing categories include: Aerial Rescue, Belayed Speed Climb, Work Climb, Ascent Event, Throwline, and Master’s Challenge.

There will be a kid’s climb, too, so bring the whole family!

EVENTS – Times may vary

  • 6:45am –1:00pm              Tree Climbing Championship Preliminary Events
  • 10:00am -1:00pm             Kids Tree Climb (Suggested donation $10 per child)
  • 2:00pm –5:00pm              The Master’s Challenge Event (the finals)
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm              Results & Awards

Look at the pictures from our last competition.

ABOUT The New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NEC-ISA)

The New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture offers opportunities for the professional development of the region’s certified arborists through educational workshops, training, public service and events. Through these professional activities, we assist our members to enhance their technical proficiencies and stay abreast of technical/scientific developments in the field of arboriculture. Additionally, we encourage our members to engage with the general public and to share with them the science, art, and research of arboriculture.  For more information, visit our website at