American Chestnut

October 24-26

Cromwell, CT

Highlight: tour the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and visit large American chestnut trees and hybrids.
(Aerial photo of CAES by Florian Carles)

Peter Crane

Sir Peter Crane

Keynote Speaker
President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Dr. Susanna Keriö

Susanna Keriö

Welcome Speaker
Forest Pathologist and Ecologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Tracy Zarrillo

Tracy Zarrillo

Entomologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown

Poet and Author

Stephen Tulowiecki

Stephen Tulowiecki

Associate Professor of Geography and Sustainability Studies, SUNY Geneseo

Mark Ashton

Mark Ashton

Keynote Speaker
Senior Associate Dean of The Forest School; Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology; Yale University

Rooted in Restoration, Connected Through Community

Celebrate successes, build new relationships, and help forge the path toward restoration of the American chestnut. The American Chestnut Foundation is a community of thousands of passionate volunteers, members, partners, supporters, landowners, scientists, and industry professionals, working together across generations to restore an iconic tree, an ecosystem, and our relationship with nature.

Mark McCullough receiving a TACF Volunteer Service Award from Hannah Leeper at 2023 Fall Meeting
Courtyard Hartford Cromwell hotel exterior


Courtyard Hartford Cromwell

Address: 4 Sebethe Dr. Comwell, CT (map)

Phone: (860) 635-1001

Website: Courtyard Hartford Cromwell

Symposium registration and hotel booking information available in mid July.

FIELD TRIP: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station,
Lockwood Farm

and Special Guests

Hug a large, surviving American chestnut tree, marvel at the array of hybrids and chestnut species from around the world, and geek out with some of the greatest scientists in the history of American chestnut research!

Sandra Anagnostakis

Sandra Anagnostakis

Legendary chestnut researcher with CAES for nearly 50 years (retired).

Richard Jaynes

Richard Jaynes

Storied chestnut researcher with CAES for 25 years (retired).

Chestnut super-fan bonus: visit famous founder trees used in TACF’s original backcross program: “Clapper” at Lockwood Farm, and “Graves” at Sleeping Giant.


Please note: this schedule is subject to change.

October 24

8:00 am  – 8:00 pm
Annual Fall Meeting of The American Chestnut Foundation
(This event is open to board and committee members and guests only. Schedule available on the Board & Committees Page.)

October 25

8:30 am- 2:30 pm
Annual Fall Meeting of The American Chestnut Foundation, Day 2
(This event is open to board and committee members and guests only. Schedule available on the Board & Committees Page.)

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm American Chestnut Symposium check-in open

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Happy Hour

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Welcome Dinner and Keynote Speaker, Sir Peter Crane

October 26

8:30 am- 9:30 am Welcome Speaker: Susanna Keriö

9:45 am – 10:45 am Speaker: Tracy Zarrillo

9:45 am – 11:30 am Tours at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

11:00 am – 12 pm Speaker: Nickole Brown

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch with Volunteer Service Awards and Partner Awards

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Educator’s Round Table – Open Session

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Speaker: Stephen Tulowiecki

3:30 pm – 5:45 pm Tours at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Student Flash Talks

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Happy Hour and Student Poster Session

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Chestnut Celebration Dinner, Student Awards, Keynote Speaker: Mark Ashton

8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Social Hour with cash bar

Open Call for Posters and Student Flash Talks

The TACF poster session highlights research topics dedicated to species restoration, with a focus on American chestnut projects. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three posters and special student registration rates are available. The poster session will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2024. For more information, read the Request for Proposals.

To have a poster considered for inclusion, submit an abstract by August 30, 2024, to: ROCS@tacf.org. Please follow the abstract format guidelines here.


Together we can save the American chestnut.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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