April 7-9

Northeast Natural History Conference

The 14th Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC) is the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada.

Location: Sheraton Springfield Hotel, Springfield, MA

For more info: www.eaglehill.us/NENHC_2014/NENHC2014.shtml


April 19

Northern Gardening Symposium

This event hosted by New England Wild Flower will explore natural gardening practices, landscaping with native plants, and the use of native plants to promote healthy living for generations to come. It includes three top-notch speakers: Miriam Goldberger, author of Taming Wildflowers: Bringing the Beauty and Splendor of Nature’s Blooms into Your Own Backyard, is speaking on growing wildflowers from seed; Dan Jaffe, Stockbed Grower for New England Wild Flower Society, is speaking on a naturalistic approach to garden design; and Uli Lorimer, curator of the native flora garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, is speaking on the recent expansion of the Garden’s native plant collection. Cosponsors: The Fells, Hardy Plant Club, Friends of the Hort Farm, Vermont Master Gardeners.

Location: Vermont Technical College,Randolph, VT

To register: Please contact the Education Department at 508-877-7630 x3303 or lreed@newenglandwild.org.


April 22-23

Raising the Bar: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning and Design Workshop

Join us for a two-day intensive workshop focused on the use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) systems and practices to achieve stormwater management goals.  This workshop will feature presentations by the Center for Watershed Protection, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, and Geosyntec Consultants. The workshop will include an overview of why and how the stormwater management community is shifting to place more focus reducing the volume of runoff and utilizing small-scale GSI practices close to the source.  An in-depth discussion on GSI design principles and practices will be presented, as well as a hands-on design charette using real-world scenarios from Vermont.

Location: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, South Burlington, Vermont

For more info: Contact: #802-490-6118 /  justin.kenney@state.vt.us


April 25 – 26 

Designing for Success: Ecological Restoration in Times of Change

Co-sponsored by Society for Ecological Restoration – New England & The Conway School. Key speakers include Keith Bowers, Present of Biohabitats, Wendi Goldsmith, CEO, Bioengineering Group, and Christopher Neill, Senior Scientist at Woods Hole.

Hear about and discuss timely restoration topics related to: Coastal systems, human-dominated landscapes, rivers, wetlands, invasive species, rare plants, and more. All considered within a framework of changing environments. The event will also include expert-led field trips and a hands-on restoration design workshop.

Location: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

For more info:  http://chapter.ser.org/newengland/


May 7

Managing Invasives: From Garlic Mustard Pulls to Tupperweed Parties — A talk by Julie Richburg

The cooperative management of invasive species requires creative new approaches—whether working with your neighbors or town hall. We explore innovative ways to start grassroots control efforts, discussing effective outreach methods and the importance of public education.

Location: Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA

For more info: http://www.grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts


June – August

Eagle Hill Natural History Summer Seminars

This summer Eagle Hill Institute is offering 30 summer courses, some terrestrial and some aquatic. Topics range from vascular plants, mosses, lichens, mushrooms, marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates, freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles, birds, plant communities, wetland delineation, salt marsh restoration, and lakes and rivers.

For more info: http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/nhs-calendar.shtml


June 4

Scentless Spring: Ecosystems Under Siege by White-tailed Deer — A talk by Thomas Rawinski

The overabundance of white-tailed deer is a growing problem. As a keystone species of forest ecosystems, they have a disproportionate impact on other species—wildflowers, tree seedlings, songbirds, and insects. Learn about the extensive damage caused by deer overpopulation on the Blue Hills Reservation and in other forests throughout our region. We can solve this by restoring the predation that once kept deer populations in check. Tom Rawinski is a US Forest Service botanist in Durham, NH.

Location: Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA

For more info: http://www.grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts


July 21-27

Tidal Marsh Restoration – A Traveling Course

The course will begin in Providence, RI and terminate at Eagle Hill, Steuben, ME. Each day will include visiting a least one field site.The class will include monitoring techniques and case studies to examine hydrologic alterations, invasive species, barriers to upslope migration, and fish and wildlife habitat value.

For more info:  www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/nhs-calendar.shtml


July 20-26

Native Bees as Pollinators: Diversity, Ecology, Conservation & Enhancing Pollinator Habitats

This seminar will emphasize challenges in native bee conservation, and is planned to be of interest to land managers, land trusts, natural historians, foresters, teachers,students, gardeners, landscape designers, growers, and artists. The seminar will include field excursions and lectures.
Location: Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, MA
For more info:  www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/nhs-calendar.shtml


August 8 – 24

Permaculture Teacher Training: Building Resilience through Building Educators

Location: Dorchester, NH

Application and more information is available at http://www.dacres.org/events/Permaculture%20Class/permacultureteachertraining.html


“Outdoors This Week” is a weekly listing of outdoor-oriented activities west of Boston sponsored by a variety of local organizations and posted by the Sudbury Valley Trustees.

For more information visit: www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org.



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