Credit Opportunities Archive

4/1/15 - 4/1/2015 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants & Native Look-Alikes in Late Winter & Early Spring, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Come learn to identify woody invasive plants in the field!  Late winter/early spring is  prime season to touch up on your skills and get a jump on these pesky plants.  This time of year is ideal for management but identification can be tricky.  With the help of consulting field botanist Bill Moorhead you will learn to identify invasive woody plants in both terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, and distinguish them from those native plants with which they may be confused.


A brief introductory 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

3/31/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

The New England Wildflower Society  has released their 2015 schedule of workshops and courses.

February through December

View  programs  here

Various AOLCP CEUs

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3/29/15 - NOFA Rhode Island Winter Conference, Warren, RI

Hope & Main 691 Main Street 
WarrenRI 02885 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

8:30AM TO 4:30PM

 

Details & Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

3/26/15 - Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes, MA

Campus Center - 1 Campus Center Way University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, March 26, 2015

8:45 AM Welcome, Anne Averill, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, UMass

9:00 – 10:00 AM Biology, Diversity and Conservation of Native Bees in the Northeast -
Joan Milam, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Pollinators are key elements of native biodiversity, and bees in particular provide important ecosystem services in terms of pollination for native plants that support plant and wildlife diversity. Not only are bees important pollinators of natural systems, they are responsible for the pollination of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States. This talk will cover bee basics: what makes a bee a bee, the great diversity of bee species, and what we can do to help conserve native bees.

10:00 – 10:45 AM The Natural History and Ecology of Honey bees in Our Landscapes - Dr. Frank Drummond, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
Honey bees are amazing animals. They are one of the few insects that have been domesticated by humans, but they still remain somewhat wild. This talk discusses the first introductions of honey bees to the New World, their importance to the Early Europeans and their place in the ecology of the New World. Dr. Drummond will then take a very quick look at the history of honey bees in the U.S. up to the 1960s and then how changes occurred through the present that have determined the current honey bee status and health.

10:45 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 – 11:45 AM How Healthy are the Bees? - Dr. Frank Drummond, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
We have all heard about CCD, colony collapse, bee decline, a new silent spring...so, the question is how is the honey bee doing AND also the hundreds of species that are referred to as native bees? Dr. Drummond will discuss bee health...what is meant by "health"...what do scientists know about bee "health" and what is the global picture that is beginning to form about bee health. Dr. Drummond will attempt to provide background knowledge for better understanding several of the other talks in this conference about what we can DO about bee declines.

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Designing Pollinator Support Plantings: Think Like a Bee - Dr. Lois Berg Stack, University of Maine, Northern New England Pollinator Habitat Working Group
Lois will help us to think like a bee when designing pollinator support plantings. Effective pollinator support plantings provide flower resources, nest sites and water. Good site assessment allows for the selection of plants that complement existing resources, and good process can produce an effective long-term resource that requires limited maintenance.

2:00 – 2:10 Break

2:10 – 3:00 PM Neonicotinoids in Agriculture and Landscapes: Do They Harm Honey Bees or Native Bees? - Dr. Kim Stoner, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
For 10 years, controversy has been swirling around the possible effects of neonicotinoids on bees. Dr. Stoner will talk about what we have learned and what we still don’t know about routes by which bees could be exposed to these systemic insecticides and how bee health may be affected.

3:00 – 4:00 PM Creating a Bee-friendly Landscape: Protecting Bees from Pesticide Exposure - Dr. Anne Averill, Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass
In addition to the neonicotinoids, what are the different classes of pesticides, what are their risks to pollinators, how do they interact with other stressors, and how can pollinators be protected from exposure? Guidelines on how to best manage pests while reducing the hazard to bees will be covered. She will conclude with a broad look of how national and international programs address pollinator health and safety.


Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP credits

3/25/15 - Organic Pest Management, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA01701

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Too often, a gardener’s response to insect pests or diseases is eradication, when all that’s really necessary is a little patience. Native plant gardens contribute to local ecosystems in myriad ways, but we limit their value when we apply pesticides. Learn how the horticulturists at Garden in the Woods use organic practices to manage plant health care in the Garden and how you can do the same at home.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

3/21/15 - Grow Your Own Meadow, Sharon, CT

Grow Your Own Meadow

 

Taghhannuck Grange Hall
4 Dunbar Road
Sharon, CT

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Join AOLCP Kathy Connolly and learn how to establish and care for a flowering meadow to support birds and pollinators.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

3/16/15 - Up By Roots Soils Workshop, NH

Urban Forestry Center 45 Elwyn Road
Portsmouth, NH 3801

Monday, March 16

1pm to 4 pm

Based on his 2008 ISA published book, Up By Roots, James Urban, FASLA, will present a field
workshop that covers the critical interrelationships between trees and soils. Topic will include basic soil properties; urban soils issues; the tools to analyze soil; how to undertake an urban soils evaluation; and a station on current nursery stock problems. Mr. Urban along with noted local
experts will present at hands out doors stations, encouraging participants to touch and experience soil and trees

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP Credits

 

3/14/15 - Naturalizing the Formal Garden, Falls Village, CT

Mad Gardeners Spring Lecture & Workshop: Naturalizing the Formal Garden

 

PLEASE NOTE - THE AFTERNOON WORKSHOP IS FULL.  HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THE MORNING LECTURE, WHICH WILL EARN 1.5 AOLCP CREDITS

 

Housatonic Valley RHS
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015 (Snow day, Sunday, March 15, 2015)

9:30am to 3:00pm

 

Must native plants and natural landscape techniques conflict with traditional plantings and formal landscape styles? Join well known landscape designer Larry Weaner as he demonstrates how the art and science of natural landscape design can be gracefully integrated with formal landscape traditions.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits for full day

1.5 AOLCP credits for morning lecture

3/14/15 - 3/14/15 - Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00am to 1:00pm

 

 

Come learn to identify trees and shrubs in the winter season!  The first part of this course will be indoors, focusing on botanical terminology, plant morphology, biology, and ecology.  The second section will be held outdoors with the goal of identifying plants in the field.  This workshop can serve as an excellent introduction for the March 27th Invasive Plant Identification course.

Bring a hand lens if you have one, as well as a notebook and pencil.
Please dress appropriately for weather.

Workshop limited to 15 participants, registration and payment required in advance.

 For more information/registration please contact us at (860)542-5125 or contact@atonforest.org 

Visit us on the web: www.atonforest.org

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/12/15 - Native Edibles & Herbals, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
10:00am to 12:00pm

 


Whether you are interested in healthy, novel, or unusual foods—or are simply interested in applying botany to your everyday life—this class will enhance your knowledge of native edibles and herbals. From cucumber root to Oswego tea, wild edibles and medicinal plants are everywhere. In this program, students will learn how to recognize and utilize them. Dan Jaffe and Anna Fialkoff will address safe and sustainable best practices as they explore common, rare, and threatened species for forage and cultivation.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits