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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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Conferences

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.

2020 Ecological Plant Conference

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 8:00 am

Join us for the fifth annual Ecological Plant Conference at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York.

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Classes

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.

Class: Soil: The Solution Beneath Our Feet

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:30 am

Learn soil basics, then expand your understanding. Find out how soil affects plants’ health, supports sustainability, and combats climate change.

Class: Structural Plant Combinations

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Structural shrubs and trees are essential elements in memorable gardens, providing both ambiance and organizing principles in the landscape.

Class: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Create lush and vibrant shady gardens by learning how to infuse more color, adventure, and intrigue into those sometimes difficult spaces.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – Maine

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 8:30 am

The NGICP program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – NY

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 8:30 am

The program provides the foundational understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.  Designed to meet international best practice standards, this program provides candidates with the technical skills necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into projects successfully.

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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.

Virtual Eco-Tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This virtual tour will highlight many of these habitats and native plants including: Meadowscapes, both wet and dry, Native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more.

Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina 8/5/20

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 8:30 am

This virtual workshop offers a rare small-group and hands-on design experience with award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer Patrick Cullina. In this advanced workshop, participants will learn how to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as biodiversity and durability without sacrificing artistry. CEUs awarded.

Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina – 8/12/20

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 8:30 am

This virtual workshop offers a rare small-group and hands-on design experience with award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer Patrick Cullina. In this advanced workshop, participants will learn how to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as biodiversity and durability without sacrificing artistry. CEUs awarded.

Eco-tour – Private Gardens in Rye, NY

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 4:00 pm

Tour two private gardens in Rye, NY to learn about design choices based upon ecological principles, habitat-enhancing plant selections, and appropriate maintenance practices, all critical elements in creating healthy ecosystems.

Eco-tour: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 9:30 am

Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the private gardens of an inspiring insect specialist, landscape designer, and passionate nature photographer.

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Webinars

Free access to ELA Members, “A Focus on Sustainability” is an interactive webinar series geared to the needs of landscape professionals and gardeners. Experts from across the country present a wide range of topics relevant to sustainability. Webinars are developed in collaboration with several like-minded, ecologically-focused organizations that also provide regional education programs.

Virtual Eco-Tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This virtual tour will highlight many of these habitats and native plants including: Meadowscapes, both wet and dry, Native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more.

Webinar: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.

Webinar: Why Rain Gardens Fail and Tools for Success

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00 pm

With appropriate planning, design, construction, and maintenance, rain gardens, bio-swales, and other stormwater treatment workhorses can be an artistic part of our landscapes, gardens, streetscapes, and public spaces.

Webinar: Field Notes – A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This webinar covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

Webinar: Designing with Ferns – The Dependable and the Divisive

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Discover the important ecological role of ferns in the landscape and how they are affected by mammal populations and soil conditions.

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