Credit Opportunities

2/11/16 - Conservation Bilogical Control Short Course, Kingston, RI

Building 75, URI East Farm

1 E Farm Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

9:00am - 4:30pm

Learn how to attract beneficial insects to farms and orchards for natural pest control. This workshop will cover:

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    • The importance of beneficial insects – predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
    • Overview of conservation biological control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
    • How to identify beneficial insects and distinguish them from other insects.
    • How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.
    • The design and implementation of habitat improvements, including site preparation, insectary strip plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks, and more.
    • The current best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on beneficial insects and mitigate exposure to insecticides.
    • How to access USDA conservation programs for financial and technical support.

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please report CEUs here

2/25/16 - Landscaping with Native Shrubs: They are Tougher Thank You Think, Waltham, MA

UMass Waltham Field Station 240 Beaver St.

Waltham, MA 02452


Thursday February 25, 2016

7pm to 9pm

Native shrubs are under utilized in tough landscaping sites because landscapers and designers do not deem them hardy enough to withstand tough conditions. However, many native species will perform well if you understand which plants to use where, and how to get them established. Jessica Lubell will teach us about these adaptable natives, how to choose the best shrubs for your site, and the best techniques for getting the shrubs established. She will touch on both readily available and lesser-known native taxa.

 

Details and  Registration

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

 

2/28/16 - NOFA RI Winter Conference, Warren RI

Hope & Main

691 Main Street, Warren, RI

February 28, 2016

'Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People"

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

3/2/16 - Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science (Part 1 of Invasive Plant Management Certification), Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

9:00AM to 2:30PM


A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several
principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide
modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more.

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs

 

3/8/16 - UMass Community Tree Conference: Work Safe, Stay Safe, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

9am to 4pm

 

 

8:00 – 9:00 AM  Registration & Coffee

                          

Morning Moderator:  Rick W. Harper, Univ. of Mass. Department of Environmental Conservation

                                                                       

9:00     DCR Update

            Mollie Freilicher/Julie Coop, MA DCR Urban Forestry Program

 

9:25     Emerging Approaches to Tree Inventory Analysis 

            David V. Boniarz, Ph.D., UNRI and Gabriel Markarian, University of Massachusetts

 

10:15   Break

 

10:30   Best Practices for Applicators: Pesticides & Plant Pollinators in the Urban Landscape

            Anne Averill, Ph.D., UMass Department of Environmental Conservation

 

11:20   PPE, Deer Ticks and Their Management in the Landscape

            Larry Dapsis, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

 

12:10 – 1:00 PM         Lunch Break

                                   

Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., UNRI, USDA Forest Service                  

 

1:00     Scholarship Awards

            Mass. Tree Wardens & Forester’s Assoc. (MTWFA)       Robert LeBlanc, MTWFA President  

            Mass. Arborist Association (MAA)                                     Marc Hanson, MAA President

            Southeast Mass Tree Wardens                                            Chris Fallon, SETW President

                                                                                               

1:10     OSHA and the Tree Care Industry

            Dale Varney, OSHA Compliance Specialist

 

2:00     Climbing Tips for Long-Term Physical Health & Safety

            Melissa LeVangie, Shelter Tree Products, Inc.

 

2:50     Break

 

3:00     Plant Disease Update: What Can We Expect This Growing Season?

            Nicholas Brazee, Ph.D., UMass Extension

 

4:00     Q & A                                                                                                

            Professional Continuing Education Credits (MAA, ISA, CTSP, SAF, Pesticide
            Applicators),  Dismissal


Details and Registration, please look for this course in their calendar

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits

 

Any questions can be directed at Ellen Weeks,

3/9/16 - Ecological Landscaping Alliance Conference, Amherst, MA

UMass Campus Center 1 Campus Center Lane
Amherst, MA 01003

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Our 2016 Annual Conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and experiences. On Wednesday, choose from two daylong Focus Sessions: An in-depth look at protecting and building soils and how to incorporate permaculture principles into the conventional landscape. Thursday's topics include restoring the urban forest, the best use of native cultivars, designing with plant communities, and the lastest in energy efficient technology to light up your landscape. Join us as wel look at strategies to create and maintain healthy ecosystems.

 

Detail and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please report these credits online by clicking here

 

 

Our 2016 Annual Conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and experiences. On Wednesday, choose from two daylong Focus Sessions: An in-depth look at protecting and building soils and how to incorporate permaculture principles into the conventional landscape. Thursday’s topics include restoring the urban forest, the best use of native cultivars, designing with plant communities, and the latest in energy efficient technology to light up your landscape. Join us as we look at strategies to create and maintain healthy ecosystems. - See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/ela-conference-eco-marketplace-2016/#eventpurchase
Our 2016 Annual Conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and experiences. On Wednesday, choose from two daylong Focus Sessions: An in-depth look at protecting and building soils and how to incorporate permaculture principles into the conventional landscape. Thursday’s topics include restoring the urban forest, the best use of native cultivars, designing with plant communities, and the latest in energy efficient technology to light up your landscape. Join us as we look at strategies to create and maintain healthy ecosystems. - See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/ela-conference-eco-marketplace-2016/#eventpurchase
Our 2016 Annual Conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and experiences. On Wednesday, choose from two daylong Focus Sessions: An in-depth look at protecting and building soils and how to incorporate permaculture principles into the conventional landscape. Thursday’s topics include restoring the urban forest, the best use of native cultivars, designing with plant communities, and the latest in energy efficient technology to light up your landscape. Join us as we look at strategies to create and maintain healthy ecosystems. - See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/ela-conference-eco-marketplace-2016/#eventpurchase

See website for more details

3/9/16 - Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management, Sturbridge, MA

Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main Street
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 & Thursday, March 10, 2016

8:00am to 4:00pm

In this two day training program you will learn the critical aspects of lawn care, turfgrass culture, and maintenance from an organic perspective and gain competency in the three core concepts of natural turf management:
1. The use of natural, organic products as dictated by soil testing.
2. An understanding of the soil and its biomass.
3. Sound cultural practices.

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

 

 

3/15/16 - State Regulations Pertaining to Invasive Plant Management (Part 2 of Invasive Plant Management Certification), Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

9:00AM to 3PM

While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do,
regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways.

Details and Registration, please go to the calendar for more information

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs

For further questions about this event, please contact Ellen Weeks,

3/17/16 - UCONN Sustainable Landscape Conference, Storrs, CT

Lewis B. Rome Commons

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

March 17, 2016

8am to 4 pm

 

The Sustainable Landscape Conference offers exciting educational opportunities for professional landscapers and designers, nursery and greenhouse producers, and retail garden center operators. Nationally renowned speakers and local experts will be featured.

Early registration fee is $100 per person if entered online or postmarked on or before March 10th The fee is $110 per person if registered after March 10th or for walk-ins. Student registration is $25 with valid school ID. Registration Discount! Save $20 per person if registering groups of 3 or more together.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Donna Ellis at 860-486-6448 or email: donna.ellis@uconn.edu

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credtis

 

3/22/16 - The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification (Part 3 of Invasive Plant Mangement Certification), Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

9:00AM to 2PM

An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. Th e work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed.

Details and Registration, please go to the calendar for more information

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs

For further questions about this event, please contact Ellen Weeks,

3/31/16 - Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: Sustainable Landscapes Management, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, March 31, 2016

9am to 3:30pm

More and more people are getting interested in sustainable landscapes. This program will address topics that will appeal to landscapers and anyone interested in sustainable landscape management. Come join us to learn ways to make your landscape business greener and sustainable. Topics will include: green infrastructure for storm water management in the landscape, establishing a flower meadow in the landscape, disease management for low input landscapes, landscaping with native plants and managing weeds sustainably in the landscape.

Details and Registration, please look for this course in their calendar

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits

 

Any questions can be directed at Ellen Weeks,

 

4/13/16 - Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

9:00AM to 2:30PM

Th is session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be
discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls.

Details and Registration, please go to the calendar for more information

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs

For further questions about this event, please contact Ellen Weeks,

4/20/16 - Ecological Landscape Design, Bothbay, ME

 

Ecological Landscape Design with Lisa Cowan and Irene Brady Barber

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

Wednesday-Friday, April 20-22, 2016

10am to 4pm

 

Details and Registrations

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs please use the online form to report credits

4/21/16 - Ecological Landscape Design, Portsmouth, RI

Portsmouth Free Public Library

2658 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learn about ecological landscape design from Sanne Kure-Jensen.

Sanne has been an organic grower and beekeeper for over a decade. She offers workshops on composting, beekeeping, pollinators, ecological landscaping and home brewing. Sanne also manages educational programs and outreach for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island
(NOFA/RI).

Details and Registration

1 AOLCP CEU

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report CEUs

4/25/16 - Scouting for Early-Season Landscape Pests and Problems, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Monday, April 25, 2016

4:30pm to 6:30pm


Kick off the growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join
Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor
in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to
work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

Details and Registration, please look for this course in their calendar

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits

 

Any questions can be directed at Ellen Weeks,

5/10/16 - Soil Science for Gardeners, Boothbay, ME

Soil Science for Gardeners with Dr. Lois Berg Stack

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537


Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please report credits using the online form

5/19/16 - Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants for the Maine Garden, Boothbay, ME

Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants for the Maine Garden with Bill Cullina

Coastal Maine Bonanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, ME 04537

Thursday, May 19 and Thursday, July 21, 2016

10am to 5pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please report credits using the online form

5/19/16 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout, Amherst MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5pm to 7pm


Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape diseases, insects, weeds, and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist; Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist; Geoffrey Njue, Extension Sustainable Landscapes
Specialist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

Details and Registration, please look for this course in their calendar

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits

 

Any questions can be directed at Ellen Weeks,

6/9/16 - Weed Walkabout, Walpole, MA

Adams Farm

999 North Street

Walpole, MA 02081

999 North Street
Walpole, MA 02081
- See more at: http://ag.umass.edu/events/weed-walkabout-1#sthash.zCBcjXUV.dpuf

Thursday, June 9, 2016

4PM to 6PM

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems in diverse habitats in the park.

Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

- See more at: http://ag.umass.edu/events/weed-walkabout-1#sthash.zCBcjXUV.dpuf

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective week management progam. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems in diverse habitats in the park.


Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

Details and Registration

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs

For further questions about this event, please contact Ellen Weeks,

6/21/16 - The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany, Boothbay, ME

The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany with Lauren Stockwell

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, ME 04537

Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2016

10am to 3pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

6/29/16 - Natural Communities of Maine, Boothbay, ME

Natural Communities of Maine with Ted Elliman

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Wednesday and Thursday, June 29 and 30, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPS, please report credits using the online form

8/9/16 - Introduction to the Native Flora of Maine, Boothbay, ME

Introduction to the Native Flora of Maine with Melissa Cullina

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, Maine 04537

Tuesday-Thursday, August 9-11, 2016

10am to 4pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please use the online form to report credits

 

9/8/16 - Horticultural Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Horticultural Ecology with Bill Cullina

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, Maine 04537

Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, 2016

10am to 5pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please use the online form to report credits

9/22/16 - Sustainable Horticultural Practices, Boothbay, ME

Sustainable Horticultural Practices

with Irene Brady Barber and Gary Fish

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

9/29/16 - Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology

with Ted Elliman

 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 

 Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30, 2016

 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits


 

10/13/16 - Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden, Boothbay, ME

Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden

with Justin Nichols

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please use the online form to report credits