Credit Opportunities

8/5/15 - Plant Science Day 2015, Hamden, CT

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station

Lockwood Farm

Hamden, CT

Wednesday August 5, 2015

9:30am to 3:20pm

Details and Registration

AOLCPs, report credits here

4 AOLCP CEUs

Pesticide credits available

8/12/15 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants & Native Look-Alikes in the Growing Season, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015
8:30am to 5:00pm

Learn to identify pesky invasive plants in the field.  With the help of expert botanist Bill Moorhead you will learn to identify invasive plants in both terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, as well as become familiar with native plants that may potentially be confused.


 A brief classroom session will be followed by visits to a number of field sites.  In the event of weather too severe for field work, the workshop may be changed into a lab/classroom session using fresh collected specimens.

 

Details and registration


AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/14/15 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA

August 14-16, 2015 UMass, Amherst, MA

 

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-15, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Read the full workshop program. This year's main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology".

This year, among the five pre-conference intensives will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. She will also give the first keynote on Friday night.

Our second keynoter, Ronnie Cummins will speak Saturday night on "Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics".

Each year, we offer educational and fun workshops designed for kids and teens where children bond with others throughout the Northeast while parents attend workshops and the plenaries.

This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCPs, please report credits online here

4 AOLCP credits (Organic Land Care track workshops are noted in their program)

8/20/15 - Grassy Weed Identification, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, August 20

9AM to 3PM


Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their grassy weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP credits

AOLCPs please report credits online here

 

8/21/15 - GSI Operations and Maintenance Course, Philadelphia, PA

Villanova Engineering at the Navy Yard 4775 League Island Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19112


Friday, August 21, 2015

to

Friday, September 4, 2015

8:00am  - 4:30pm

 

This three-day course is for landscape professionals seeking to strengthen or develop their service portfolio in operations and maintenance of public and private green stormwater infrastructure projects. The course features two classroom days and one field day, and will provide landscape contractors with an understanding of the importance of operations and maintenance (O+M) of vegetated stormwater management practices, as well as of the tasks involved. The course will cover 16 sections in total, including: Regulatory context for O+M; Identification and understanding of the components of SMP’s; Diagnosis of and response to performance and safety issues; Adaptive and prescriptive management activities.

This course was developed by the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners, an initiative of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. AKRF was contracted to create the course content. The GSI Partners received technical and logistics support from our leadership team, composed of faculty from Villanova and Temple Universities, as well as staff from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, David Brothers Landscape Services and Native Plant Nursery, and Blue Heron Environmental Services.

The course takes place over three days:

August 21st 8:00am – 4:30pm
August 28th 8:00am – 4:30pm
September 4th 8:00am – 4:30pm

 

More details and registration

AOLCPs report credits here

4 AOLCP CEUs

8/23/15 - Introduction to Seed Saving, Whatley, MA

Nasami Farm 128 North Street 
WhatelyMA 01701 

August 23, 2015

10AM to 2PM

 

Learn first-hand the tremendous benefits that seed-saving brings to the willing gardener. We’ll discuss the basics of harvesting, processing, and storing a wide variety of native seeds. After going over the basics, we will head outdoors to harvest seed. Then we will head back indoors to practice processing our newly collected seed, which you will get to bring home. Dress appropriately and bring a bag lunch.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

9/5/15 - Fall Wildflower Identification and Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 5, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm


Come learn to identify our local late summer/fall wildflowers! Primarily focusing on asters and goldenrods, we will explore the fields and woodlands of Aton Forest in search of these beautiful plants. This workshop will take place entirely in the field so please bring any outdoor necessities. Additionally, bringing a 10X magnification hand lens is recommended.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/10/15 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout, Dartmouth, MA

UMass Dartmouth 285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747


September 10th, 4-6pm

Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape pests 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

AOLCPs, please report credits online here

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/10/15 - Selected Topics for Tree Care Professionals, Taunton, MA

700 Myles Standish Blvd  
Taunton, MA 02780

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

9:30am to 12:30pm

 

Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist, in Weed Management Topic for Arborists will explore topics that tree care professionals should understand about weeds and weed management, including the impact of turf and landscape herbicides on tree health and the role of invasive plants and related regulations. Rick Harper, UMass Extension Assistant Professor, will present Recovering Our Urban Forests: Update on Invasive Pests (& Invasive Practices). According to a recently published study performed by the US Forest Service, America’s urban forests are declining at a rate of 4.0 million trees per year. Since it is well-documented that urban trees provide many environmental and economic benefits, the effects associated with this decline may be numerous and extensive. Rick will highlight research pertaining to important invasive pests (insects and diseases such as Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Dutch Elm Disease) their int egrated management, as well as invasive practices commonly found impacting the health of our urban trees.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP CEUs

9/24/15 - A path to beauty and bounty: Building a sustainable eco-system, Portsmouth, RI

168 Fairview Lane

Portsmouth, RI 02871

 

4pm to 6pm

$30

 

2 AOLCP credits

Registration and Details

AOLCPs, please report credits here

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden.

This professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle.

Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey.

This organically managed property has received a Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life. Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for how you can create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes.

- See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/a-path-to-beauty-and-bounty-building-a-sustainable-eco-system/#sthash.15ld408Y.dpuf

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden.

This professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle.

Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey.

This organically managed property has received a Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life. Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for how you can create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes.

Praying Mantis on Lavendar

Register now to learn more about this beautiful and bountiful landscape.

CEUs are being sought for this program.

Orchard BlossomsSanne Kure-Jensen is an organic grower and beekeeper in Portsmouth, RI where she has been promoting pollinator-friendly landscapes for many years. Sanne teaches workshops across the Northeast on topics including: Ecological Landscape Design, Beekeeping, Welcoming Pollinators, and Backyard Composting. Sanne is a Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) accredited Organic Land Care Professional offering landscape consulting and design services.

Sanne also works to preserve open space by helping to keep farms viable and farmers farming. She coordinates the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) on-farm workshops series for farmers and gardeners for the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of RI (NOFA/RI). Sanne helps the Portsmouth Agriculture Advisory Committee recommend updates to the town’s ordinances and Comprehensive Plan to support farmers, agriculture and agri-tourism.

Sanne is a frequent contributor to “Country Folks Grower” a monthly newspaper for landscapers, garden centers and growers as well as “The Natural Farmer,” NOFA’s quarterly newspaper for organic growers. Her work brings attention to local, regional and national issues in horticulture and agriculture. Sanne’s work has also been published by Edible Rhody, Mother Earth News, Holistic Management International (HMI), the RI Beekeepers Association, the RI Nursery & Landscape Association and the RI Tree Council.

- See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/a-path-to-beauty-and-bounty-building-a-sustainable-eco-system/#sthash.15ld408Y.dpuf
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
9/30/15 - Field Identification of Late-Season Grasses, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT


Wednesdays, September 30 & October 7, 2015
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

This plant identification workshop focuses on identification and ecology of grasses (family Poaceae) that are detectable and identifiable in the field in late summer and early fall.  The emphasis will be on the “warm-season” grasses, but we will also cover a number of other important grass species that are commonly encountered and are identifiable at this time of year.  We will cover the basic features of grasses that distinguish them from other grass-like plants, the terminology used in identification manuals to describe and distinguish grass species, the characteristics of major groups, distinguishing warm-season from cool-season grasses, distinguishing invasive and other non-native species from native species, endangered grass species, wetland indicator values and other ecological affinities of various species.

 

The workshop is broken into two days: 

o   The first day that is largely devoted to lecture and lab.

o   The second day that is entirely devoted to travelling to representative habitats and their grasses at several sites.

 

Participants may register for one or both days.  Grasses are a difficult group, and it is recommended that serious students who do not consider themselves advanced students register for both days.  If you do not consider yourself an advanced student of grasses and can only attend one session, we recommend the first rather than the second day, as we will not be able to cover the basics again on the second day.


Taxonomy will follow The New Engand Wildflower Society’sGoBotany web-site and Arthur Haines'  Flora Novae Angliae.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

 

4 AOLCP credits total for one day or for both days

 

10/1/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

New England Wildflower Society Spring and Summer programs.

Winter 2015 through Summer 2015

New England Wildflower Society is offering programs and educational opportunities in every New England State. 

Click HERE for calendar  and course listings of New England Wildflower Society programs

1-4 AOLCP credits available

10/1/15 - Sustainable Site Design Basics, Framingham, MA

New England Wildflower Society

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:30 am to 4:30pm

This course is an exploration into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design with particular focus on integrating both existing and new buildings sustainably into their landscapes. Students investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy and food system links between buildings and their supporting sites, as exemplified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and forthcoming SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative) system.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

10/3/15 - Landscape and Forest, Tree and Shrub Disease Workshop, Amherst, MA

Fernald Hall 270 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9am to 3:30pm

 

Join Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, for this workshop where participants will gain hands-on experience with many important landscape and forest diseases of trees and shrubs. The UMass-Amherst campus offers a wide variety of ornamental and forest trees and shrubs of all ages. Selected diseases will range from leaf spots, needle casts, root rot, stem cankers, rusts, anthracnose and more. An introductory lecture will review the basics of diagnostic plant pathology followed by a walking tour of campus. The day will end with a laboratory session using microscopy to view prepared slides.

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

Details and Registration

3 AOLCP CEUs

10/28/15 - Arborist Short Course, Philadelphia, PA

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Horticultural Society

100 N. 20th st.  
Phila. , PA 19103


Wednesday, October 28th through Thrusday, November 5th, 2015

8am to 4 pm

 

Today agencies and home-owners understand the best tree care comes from trained and knowledgeable arborists. The Green Industry responded to this demand for trained professionals by creating certify-cation programs. Presently the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certifies thousands of arborists and Landscape & Nursery Associations certify horticulturalists. These numbers grow each year.

The Arborist Short Course has competent instructors presenting topics designed to increase your working tree knowledge, professional skills, and to prepare you for the ISA Certified Arborist exam. You can expect
Disease and insect diagnosis
Nutrition and fertilization
Selection, installation and establishment of trees and shrubs
Soil and water interaction and management
Plant identification
Assessment and risk management
Pruning
Construction impacts and management
Safety and climbing

 

Details, Registration and Schedule

AOLCPs report credits here

4 AOLCP credits

10/31/15 - Longwood Gardens Course 2015 Courses, PA

Please see the Longwood Garden's Course Catalog for AOLCP Credit Opportunities

Various Credits Available

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop