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Chainsaw Maintenance and Safety

Join Head Arborist John Del Rosso for an interactive workshop on chainsaw maintenance and safety. Designed for professionals and gardeners with some chainsaw experience, you will learn how to best maintain your chainsaw, make effective felling cuts and tension cuts, use proper PPE, and develop safe work habits.

You are encouraged to bring your own chainsaw and PPE (eye protection, ear protection, and boots). Participants will not actually be operating their chainsaws during this class.

This workshop will begin indoors at the Dana Greenhouses Classroom, and then the group will take a van over to the Materials Yard to do some cuts and demonstrations.

The Massachusetts Arborists Association will be granting two safety credits for this course for both MCA and MCLP.

Audience: This program is geared towards adults.

Inclement weather policy: Participants will be notified via email at least 24 hours in advance if a program needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, and will be notified by phone if a program must be cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. Click here to view our full inclement weather policy. If you have questions about the status of a program, please email or call the Visitor Center desk between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (617) 384-5209.

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Mar 27 2024


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Dana Greenhouse Classroom
8V3G+87V Boston, Massachusetts
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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Dana Greenhouse Classroom

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum.” Cross Washington Street and walk up Arborway to the Arboretum’s Forest Hills Gate on your left. Enter the gate and walk straight up the road, follow the curve and head up Bussey Hill Road. Take a right on the driveway immediately after the entrance to the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden. Follow the driveway to the Dana Greenhouse Classroom.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street @ Faulkner Hospital. Cross Centre Street and enter through the Centre Street Gate, then in about 300 feet, bear left onto Bussey Hill Road. Walk a little way down the hill and take a left onto the driveway to the Dana Greenhouse Classroom.

By car

Unless the program description indicates that you can park at the Greenhouses, the closest parking is Centre Street Gate (limited parking) or along Arborway near Forest Hills Gate (about a half mile walk).