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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.

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 8:00 am

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace offers 20 sessions ranging from an in-depth look at insects, plants, and soil to larger concepts of creating urban habitat, repairing degraded land, and restoring human connections to the natural world.

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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: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:30 am

This course prepares you to demonstrate your competency in green infrastructure areas.

Class: Seeing Is Believing – A Visual Garden Design Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:30 am

This collaborative, hands-on workshop offers a different approach to exploring space, views, light, and plant selection.

Class: Cultivating Your Plant Communities

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 1:00 pm

In this three-part workshop, learn to identify appropriate native plants and groupings for your site and create a personalized plant palette and design that is beautiful and enhances biodiversity.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – NY

Monday, March 16, 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.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – Maine

Monday, March 30, 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.

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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.

Urban Tree Symposium: The Future of the Urban Forest

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 8:30 am

Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance and Tower Hill Botanic Garden for a one-day symposium focused on answering questions relating to the health and welfare of the urban forest. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, manage, protect, and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

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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.

Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Landscape Designer, Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas.

Webinar: Protecting Pollinators

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:30 pm

This Protecting Pollinators presentation explores why the dwindling pollinator statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed.

Webinar: Conservation, Education, and Community Building through Prairie Restoration

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Join Brad Guhr for this informative webinar to learn more about this exciting prairie project at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.

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