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ELA webinars, workshops, tours, and conferences expand your knowledge, increase your skill set, and offer opportunities to build a network of like-minded contacts.

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ELA’s one- and two-day regional conferences offer cutting-edge knowledge, useful information, CEU’s, and invaluable opportunities for engagement with fellow professionals. Conference sponsors present their ecologically-focused products and services while supporting ecological education.

Ecological Plant Conference – 2022

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 8:30 am

We are in the planning stages for 2022 Ecological Plant Conference. This is expected to be an outstanding event! Registration is OPEN.


Attend a focused event on an ecological topic. From native plants to alternative lawns and carbon sequestration to water conservation, there’s a topic sure to pique interest and imagination. Taught by experts in their fields, classes focus on tools for creating the ecological landscape you envision.

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Eco-tours & Workshops

In-person and hands-on opportunities to explore ecological landscapes can be an invaluable experience. Professionals involved in designing and installing ecological landscapes act as Eco-tour hosts, guiding small groups of attendees, providing context, and answering questions. Hands-on workshops bring concepts to life with opportunities for practical experience.

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Past webinars | Upcoming Webinars


ELA hosts two webinar series over the course of the year. Wednesday Walks in the Garden offer ecological topics to garden enthusiasts and are available for free to both members and non-members. A Focus on Sustainability is an interactive webinar series geared to the needs of landscape professionals and gardeners with both new presentations and the extensive webinar archive available for free to ELA members. Webinars are developed in collaboration with several like-minded, ecologically-focused regional organizations and feature sustainability topics from experts across the country.

Webinar: Urban Pollinator Corridors: Creating Native Habitat to Support Pollinators and Other Wild Life

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Portland is the largest urban area in Maine and many of the region’s native plants and the fauna that depend on them have been replaced with buildings, paving, and exotic plant species. The Portland Pollinator Vision Plan, a joint project between Wild Seed Project and the Conway School of Landscape Design, offers a vision for restoring native habitat and actions needed to connect plantings.

Webinar: Deeper Learning Through Ecology

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 12:00 pm

This session will describe how the built environment and natural settings can facilitate deeper learning, an approach to education that not only seeks to achieve traditional academic standards, but also seeks to foster innovation in problem solving, collaborative work, effective communication, inquiry, and critical thinking.

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