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September 2015
$22 - $32

NYC School Playground Combines Creative Play and Effective Green Infrastructure

September 23 @ 11:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
PS 261 School and Community Playground,
314 Pacific Street - Boerum Hill
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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261 School Yard After

$22 ELA Members – $32 Non-members Join tour guide Mary Alice Lee from The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to explore the unique playground makeover at Boerum Hill’s PS 261 School and Community Playground. Capturing over 500,000 gallons of stormwater each year, this green infrastructure playground not only helps NYC’s sewer system, it also provides a safe place to play for the neighborhood. This unique playground was the first green infrastructure playground built on a NYC public schoolyard. Designed by…

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$10

Webinar: Designing Successful Rain Gardens for Civic Sites

September 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 2:00 pm EDT
After a rainstorm, water diverted to the rain garden slowly infiltrates.

Focus on Sustainability Webinar Series – Season 3 – ELA Members FREE Rain gardens, as part of modern storm water management systems, rely on plant material for soil stabilization, contaminant filtering, nutrient absorption, and to slow rainwater for infiltration. Well designed rain gardens (with the appropriate plant material) can greatly improve the results of green infrastructure and ensure their long-term success. Selecting appropriate plants for rain gardens and other vegetated storm water management systems is a critical first step to…

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$20 - $30

A Path to Beauty and Bounty : Building a Sustainable Eco-System

September 24 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Philip Sherman House , , RI,
168 Fairview Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871 United States
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(Rain or Shine) $20 ELA Members – $30 Non-Members 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…

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$22 - $32

Recreational Lake Shore Restoration: Lake Massapoag

September 26 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Memorial Beach Lake Massapoag,
Intersection Pond Street and Beach Street
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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Massapoag Restoration Completed SM

$22 ELA Members – $32 Non-Members Like many New England towns, Sharon, MA has its own recreational jewel, a small lake where children learn to swim and sail, enthusiasts fish, and kayakers and canoeists paddle. In heavy use since Colonial times, Lake Massapoag had developed worn and depleted areas along its shoreline, especially at the town park where dumping of beach sand and cutting of typical lakeside vegetation created their own problems. What are some of the ways a lakeside…

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October 2015
$108 - $127

Sustainable Site Design Basics

October 1 @ 9:30 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Delve into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design, focusing on integrating existing and new buildings sustainably into a landscape.  You will investigate sustainable design strategies addressing the ecological, water, energy, and food system links between buildings and their supporting sites. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and forthcoming SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative) system will be used. CEU: 4 AOLCP; 2 MCLP; .5 MCH Tom Benjamin is an independent registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional (AP…

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$86 - $104

Soil Workshop – Ground Rules: Measuring Soil Health and Managing Site Challenges in the Urban Landscape

October 3 @ 9:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Before and After Soil Testing and Corrections

Co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance and the New England Wild Flower Society Presented by Chuck Sherzi $86 ELA and New England Wild Flower Society Member $104 Non-member Soils are diverse, complex, and critical to healthy landscapes, yet full of mystery. To understand holistic soil management, Chuck Sherzi offers fresh insight and a new diagnostic approach beyond the traditional soil test. This indoor/outdoor, hands-on workshop introduces the concept of the soil health assessment and the implementation of soil health indicators…

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$22 - $32

Restoring an Urban River: The Acushnet Sawmill Ecological Restoration

October 7 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Acushnet Sawmill Visitor Center,
50 Mill Road
New Bedford, MA 02743 United States
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Acushnet Saw Mill Stream

Co-Presented by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Ecological Landscape Alliance ELA Members $22 – Non-members $32 The Buzzards Bay Coalition is restoring a 19-acre former industrial property that straddles the Acushnet River at the head of New Bedford Harbor. Phased restoration began in 2007 through partnership with NOAA and the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries. Over the course of the project, a dam was removed, fishway installed to increase herring populations, several buildings were dismantled, more than 3 acres of…

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$10

Webinar: Natural Swimming Ponds: Beauty, Recreation, and Habitat with No Chemicals

October 13 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Natural Swimming Pond

Focus on Sustainability Webinar Series – Season 3 – ELA Members FREE A low gurgle emerges from beneath the Mentha aquatica as clear water begins to make its way from the bog downstream between smooth boulders and over gravel. Liquid fingers catch the sun’s rays, bending them and throwing them in every direction. The blooms of iris, hemerocallis, and lobelia bob in the gentle breeze over the bog, where the water collects. The stream rushes over a broken slab of…

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$22 - $32

Beaver: Building Habitat – Improving Eco-Systems

October 14 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary,
113 Goodnow Rd
Princeton, MA 01541 United States
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Rain or Shine  $22 ELA Members – $32 Non-Members Beaver are unique among mammals in that they alter their habitat to meet their needs by damming streams to form ponds. This behavior actually benefits other species (including people), as well. By building dams and flooding woodland swamps, beaver play an important part in the restoration of lost wetlands, providing habitat and food for a wide variety of plants and animals. Over 50 percent of our wetlands have disappeared since European…

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$22 - $32

Guiding the Rain: Aesthetic Form – Ecological Function

October 19 @ 9:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Leominster rain garden

ELA Members $22 – Non-members $32 Through a collaborative effort, the community of Leominster has been the fortunate recipient of many beautiful and functional stormwater solutions. Rain gardens guide the rain away from storm drains while attracting wildlife and protecting streams, lakes, and ponds. Planted with native flowers, shrubs, and grasses, rain gardens can thrive without fertilizers and pesticides. More effective than lawns, these gardens store rain for a few hours, allowing gradual infiltration to recharge ground waters that replenish…

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