Credit Opportunities

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


 

10/11/16 - Invasive Plant Symposium, UConn Storrs, CT

October 11, 2016

8:00am-4:30pm

UConn Storrs Campus

 

 

Information and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

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Nationally-recognized Keynote speaker, Jil Swearingen, co-author of Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas will present “We’re Moving on Up: Invasive Plants Heading North.”

Karl Wagener, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, will speak on “Connecticut’s Future: Rooted in Choice”. 

William Hyatt, Vice Chair of the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council, will provide a legislative update.

Charlotte Pyle, recently retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will deliver closing remarks.

Concurrent afternoon sessions will include:

·         What Are Other States Doing?  Panel discussion with New England invasive plant experts.

·         Native Plants for Our Pollinators – Creating a balanced and healthy pollinator environment.

·         Management of Key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports

·         Biological Control: No Animal Too Small – Learn about these valuable invasive plant management tools.

·         Aquatic Invasive Plants – Updates on Hydrilla and other new aquatic invasive plant threats.

·         Plants to Watch Out For – What are the new invasives that threaten our borders?

Research and management posters, an invasive plant identification area, and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.

The program and press release are attached for your review. These and other materials, including online registration information, are available on the CIPWG website at www.cipwg.uconn.edu.

 


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

10/17/16 - Cover Cropping on a Diversified Farm, Essex, MA

October 17 - 1pm to 4pm

Alprilla Farm, Essex, MA2

Instructor: Noah Kellerman Learn strategies for using cover crops in a highly diversified farm. Discuss options for innovative techniques like intercropping cover crops with cash crops, undersowing and cocktail cover cropping.

For details and registration, visit nofamass.org

3 AOLCP CEUs

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11/9/16 - Designing Plant Communities that Stand the Test of Time, DE

With Claudia West

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

10 am – 3:30 pm Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=164GAR701

Dig deeper into the art and science of planting design by understanding how native plants fill ecological and spatial niches in the landscape. Review the structure and composition of wild plant communities and learn how to incorporate those principles into your designs. Claudia West, coauthor of Planting in a Post Wild World, leads you through several hands-on exercises that help you visualize complex planting schemes, prepare installation guidelines for crews, and create adaptive management plans you can apply to upcoming projects. Prior experience with landscape design is recommended.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA. Claudia holds a Master's Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In her current role, Claudia works closely with ecological design and restoration professional, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion. Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape. Claudia is a sought after speaker on topics such as plant community based design and the application of natural color theories to planting design. Together with co-author Thomas Rainer she published a new approach to ecological planting design in her award winning book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015).

4 AOLCP CEUs

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11/13/16 - Stacking Functions With Silvopastures, Huntington, MA

November 13 - 10am to 3pm

Gray Dog’s Farm, Huntington, MA

Instructors: Jonathan Bates and Ross Hackerson Integrate timber, nut or fruiting tree species with grazing animals to get multiple yields and increase

your animals’ comfort, diversify their forage and add wildlife habitat.

Cost: $48 NOFA members; $60 non-members

For details and registration, please visit nofamass.org

4 AOLCP CEUs

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11/17/16 - Introduction to Low Impact Forestry - Unity, ME

Thursday, November 17, 2016

10:00am to 4pm

 

MOFGA's Education Center 294

Crosby Brook Road

Unity, Maine 04988

This introductory course is intended to bring everyone up to speed on Low Impact Forestry principles and practices. We will cover a diverse array of topics ranging from silviculture to woodland ecology, but also including logging equipment, legal considerations of forestry activities, creation of management plans, and more. This course will be taught by loggers, landowners, and foresters. We will do some work at the Common Ground Woodlot in Unity, but we will also visit neighboring woodlots to learn more about woodlot management styles and options. The workshop will include instruction and practice on topics including:

* Managing woodlands for sustained economic and ecological value
* Planning and carrying out timber harvests
* Woodland species ID and characteristics
* Minimizing residual stand damage
* Adding value to your forest products

 

Event Registration and Details

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4 AOLCP CEUs

11/30/16 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

New England GROWS

November 30 – December 2, 2016

 

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

415 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

 

NewEnglandGROWS.org

(508) 653-3009

New England GROWS is the largest and most popular horticulture industry event in the Northeast – connecting thousands of today’s nursery, landscape and tree care professionals with top experts and leading suppliers from across the country and around the world. Registration starts as low as $29 for all three days of the show. For details please visit NewEnglandGROWS.org or call (508) 653-3009.

 

 

The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association are the event’s founding partners. An additional 30+ allied organizations make up New England GROWS’ network of supporters. Proceeds from New England GROWS go directly back to the industry to support the work of these and other green industry organizations, including annual research grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension programs.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

Please report CEUs here

12/1/16 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

New England GROWS

November 30 – December 2, 2016

 

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

415 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

 

NewEnglandGROWS.org

(508) 653-3009

New England GROWS is the largest and most popular horticulture industry event in the Northeast – connecting thousands of today’s nursery, landscape and tree care professionals with top experts and leading suppliers from across the country and around the world. Registration starts as low as $29 for all three days of the show. For details please visit NewEnglandGROWS.org or call (508) 653-3009.

 

 

The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association are the event’s founding partners. An additional 30+ allied organizations make up New England GROWS’ network of supporters. Proceeds from New England GROWS go directly back to the industry to support the work of these and other green industry organizations, including annual research grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension programs.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

Please report CEUs here

12/2/16 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

New England GROWS

November 30 – December 2, 2016

 

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

415 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

 

NewEnglandGROWS.org

(508) 653-3009

New England GROWS is the largest and most popular horticulture industry event in the Northeast – connecting thousands of today’s nursery, landscape and tree care professionals with top experts and leading suppliers from across the country and around the world. Registration starts as low as $29 for all three days of the show. For details please visit NewEnglandGROWS.org or call (508) 653-3009.

 

 

The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association are the event’s founding partners. An additional 30+ allied organizations make up New England GROWS’ network of supporters. Proceeds from New England GROWS go directly back to the industry to support the work of these and other green industry organizations, including annual research grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension programs.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

Please report CEUs here

12/4/16 - Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality, West Brookfield, MA

December 4 - 1pm to 4pm

Clover Springs Farm, West Brookfield, MA

Instructor: Matt Koziol Ruminant health is linked to the health of the pasture and supplemental hay they eat. Are your pastures healthy? Is your hay high quality? Learn to determine the quality of your pastures and hay. Cost: $35 NOFA members; $45 non-members*

For details and registration, please visit nofamass.org

3 AOLCP CEUs

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1/28/17 - Conserving Rare Plants in the Internet Age, Hockessin, DE

With Joel Dunn

Saturday, January 28, 2017 11 am – 12 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171CON813

Increased land development, forest fragmentation, and climate change threaten rare plants with extinction. Scientists have determined that many species need large and contiguous protected areas to sustain their populations and adapt to changing conditions. Recognizing this urgent need, conservationists have built partnerships that leverage technology, funding, and land conservation to save rare plants on a landscape scale. Using case studies, Joel Dunn will discuss “internet age” technology and partnerships that have revolutionized the conservation movement.

Joel Dunn is President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting landscapes that are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its cultural heritage. He leads the Conservancy’s efforts to strengthen the connection between people and the Bay’s watershed as a way to promote the need to conserve the watersheds and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources. Dunn was co-editor of A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation and has written numerous opinion editorials for newspapers in the Chesapeake region.

1 AOLCP CEU

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2/11/17 - Wildflower Ecology: A Naturalist’s Perspective, Hockessin, DE

With Carol Gracie

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 11 am – 12 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171GAR819

Our native woodland wildflowers are more than just a delight for the eye: they have adapted to their environment over millennia and play important roles in the ecology of their region. Join naturalist Carol Gracie and learn the fascinating life histories of spring ephemerals. Topics

include adaptations for early blooming, pollination and seed dispersal, and the latest scientific research on the ecology of these beautiful plants.

Copies of Carol's book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

Carol Gracie is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she worked in the Science

Division. She has since returned to her earlier interest in local flora and has co-authored, with

Steven Clemants, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States. Her latest book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. Carol is currently working on a book on the natural history of summer wildflowers.

1 AOLCP CEUs

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2/23/17 - Environmental Landscape Design, DE

With Jenna Webster

Five Thursdays: February 23 to March 23, 2017

Optional Project Evaluation: March 30, 2017

1 – 4 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171GAR361

Ecologically sound landscapes require less maintenance, fewer inputs, and are adapted to local environmental conditions. Learn how to measure, inventory, and analyze a site; then make a conceptual design and planting plan using the "right plant, right place" approach. Broaden your design perspective, increase biodiversity in the landscape with native plants, decrease space dedicated to lawn, and create habitats that benefit insects, birds, and other fauna.

Jenna Webster is a designer with Larry Weaner Landscape Associates where she’s worked on meadow and habitat plans for public parks and preserves as well as landscape master plans for residential properties. She holds a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School.

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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3/4/17 - Enhancing Life in the Soil, DE

With Eileen Boyle, Duncan Himmelman, PhD, David Korbonits, and Margaret Shillingford

Four Saturdays: March 4 to April 1, 2017 10 am – 2:30 pm Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171GAR304

Native plant communities are supported by healthy, balanced soils that contain a diverse array of organisms, including microbes, insects, and worms. Learn the basics of soil science, the value of organic matter and its role in soil structure,and the importance of soil organisms. Learn how to make and use compost and compost tea, and how sustainable gardening practices contribute to creating high quality garden soil. Go home with a greater understanding of the life in your soil and knowing you won't have to buy fertilizer ever again. Bring your lunch.

Eileen Boyle is the Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously she was the Director of Horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He has an undergraduate degree in botany and advanced degrees in ornamental horticulture, has taught at colleges in Canada and the US, and has practiced horticulture for more than 35 years.

David Korbonits is the Meadow Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center and author of The Meadow Plants at Mt. Cuba Center. Dave is also part of Mt. Cuba Center's compost team.

Margaret Shillingford is the Education Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center and a former docent. She earned her Master’s in Education from Wilmington University, is passionate about conserving the environment, and is fascinated by plants.

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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3/18/17 - Liberate Your Home Landscape Plants, DE

With Larry Weaner

Saturday, March 18, 2017 11 am – 12 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171GAR822

All too often we design our gardens and landscapes with static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But our approach can be more dynamic-and arguably more rewarding-by building upon ecological processes as well as plants' innate tendencies to reproduce and proliferate. Using examples from client projects and his property, Larry Weaner illustrates how this organic, give-and-take approach to design can result in low-maintenance, beautiful landscapes that marry human intent with the patterns and processes of nature.

Copies of Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change, which Larry coauthored with Thomas Christopher, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, has a nation-wide reputation for combining ecological restoration with fine garden design. The firm's work has received numerous awards and been featured in Garden Design, The American Gardener, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Larry founded the New Directions in the American Landscape conference.

1 AOLCP CEU

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