Credit Opportunities

12/12/16 - System's Approach to Natural Turf Management, Riverhead, NY

Monday, December 12, 2016-Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn 2038 Old Country Rd
Riverhead, NY 11901
United States

2-day training that covers a “systems approach” to turf care. From understanding a soil test, soil biology and managing soil fertility to cultural practices, insects, weeds, and controls. All from an organic perspective. Practical strategies for customer satisfaction and problem-solving sessions included.

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4 AOLCP CEUs



 


1/9/17 - Organic Master Gardener/Organic Horticulture Specialist, Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

This is Gaia College’s core course. It offers students a holistic ecological framework for garden decision making.

Topics include:
• What does “organic” really mean?
• Botany and ecosystem relationships
• The soil ecosystem
• Soil testing
• Soil fertility management
• Hands-on classes on bed installation and composting
• CODIT and tree pruning principles
• Garden inoculants
• Landscape design
• Permaculture
• Water management
• Ecological lawn care
• Landscape Health Management

This course provides sufficient information to write the SOUL Organic Accreditation Exam for land care practitioners.

More information about each course session is available upon request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

1/9/17 - Growing Food 1 - Fundamentals - Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

In this comprehensive course, students learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to:

• Analyze and optimize the growing conditions in their garden, no matter the size, including container gardens
• Creatively collect, use and preserve water for optimal garden health
• Use holistic solutions for plant health problems ("pests" and "diseases")
• Select, plant, maintain and harvest a large variety of food plants for year-round enjoyment
• Propagate plants
• Save seeds
• Store food after harvest

This online course engages students with practical and hands-on projects, and is guided by experienced professional organic gardeners.
More information about each course session is available upon request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

 

1/9/17 - Growing Food 2 - Nutrient Dense and High Energy Food - Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April, 2017

In this course, students focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition for humans and animals.

Topics include:
• Connecting soil health and human health
• The complexity of nutrient uptake by plants
• Soil microbiology
• Soil nutrient patterns and desired nutrient content
• Soil test interpretation
• Fertilizers and fertilizer calculations

Finally, students learn how to go beyond the need for massive extraction, transport and use of material substances to explore the rapidly growing field of quantum agriculture, using science-based research to look at energetic solutions such as
• Biodynamics
• Paramagnetism
• Radionics and broadcast towers
• Dowsing and energy structures

More details about individual session topics are available on request.


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4 AOLCP CEUs

1/9/17 - Ecological Landscape Design, Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

1. This very comprehensive course begins with an overview of historical garden design perspectives, including an examination of the role of art, statuary, wildlife, water, and native ecosystems. The principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping will be examined in detail, exploring how to achieve particular esthetics and function. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps of the design process. Through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. Throughout, presentation skills will be emphasized.

Online course participants will use Sketchup Pro rather than hand drafting to create designs, so our Sketchup Pro online course (see separate application) is a prerequisite for this course, as is the Organic Horticulture Specialist / Organic Master Gardener course.

More detail about individual session topics is available on request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

1/9/17 - Sketchup Pro for Landscape Design, Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

This course is addressed to landscape designers and architects, permaculturists, farmers, land planners, educators, and anybody tired of drafting by hand. It is a prerequisite for enrollment in Ecological Landscape Design Online (see below for course description).
In this unique course geared towards landscape applications, we introduce an integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. This includes computer aided drafting, modeling, and graphics presentation for landscape professionals.

Whether students’ preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view their work from all angles will enrich their creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower students to communicate their ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

Techniques students will learn in this course include:
• Conventional presentation documents including a full set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
• Computer-based presentations, slide shows and animations
• Integration with imported design components, including base maps and construction elements
• 3-dimensional landscape modeling
• Terrain modeling
• Integration with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
• Integration with Google maps

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4 AOLCP CEUss

 

1/9/17 - Rainwater Harvesting and Management, Gaia College ONLINE

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

This course is intended for landscape architects, architects, engineers, landscape/garden designers, irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists, permaculture designers, farmers, community garden organizers, land planners, municipal decision-makers, and educators.

As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, in large urban centers. This course covers the foundations of rainwater harvesting and management. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.

Topics include:
• Access to quality drinking water world-wide and at home
• Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
• Rainwater availability
• Regulations governing system implementation
• Components of RWH/M systems
• Design parameters of RWH/M systems

More detail on specific session topics is available on request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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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3/13/17 - System's Approach to Natural Turf Management, Sturbridge, MA

Monday, March 13, 2017-Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566

2-day training that covers a “systems approach” to turf care. From understanding a soil test, soil biology and managing soil fertility to cultural practices, insects, weeds, and controls. All from an organic perspective. Practical strategies for customer satisfaction and problem-solving sessions included.

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

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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