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Each year, for many years, the New York State Arborists booth has been the practical, hands-on, instructional place at the NYS Fair to talk about trees. Every square inch affords a wealth of references used to answer questions about tree identification, insect attack, fungi, utility conflicts, and pruning good and bad. The booth is paneled with diverse woods, and one side of the booth table is packed with many “please touch” items for kids.

NYSA is still looking for members who can volunteer to help answer questions and distribute information this year for our booth in the Horticulture Building.

The Fair runs from August 23rd through September 4th, 2023, in Syracuse NY. There are many openings still available, and each volunteer will recieve a CEU from ISA. If you are new, we will do our best to pair you with someone experienced. To sign up as a volunteer, or for more information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our members are uniquely positioned to support our communities’ relationships with the natural world. The best of these connections includes more questions than complaints. We can help people grow and adapt with the plants around them. Even if you can't volunteer for the day, feel free to come around and show your support. This outreach opportunity continues to make a great impact on those who stop by.