ELA webinars, workshops, tours, and conferences expand your knowledge, increase your skill set, and offer opportunities to build a network of like-minded contacts.
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.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 8:30 amJoin us to explore the lessons we can learn by analyzing original designs and assessing the mature landscapes that resulted. The findings will offer insights, inspiration, and a few surprises to consider for your future designs.
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:30 amRecognizing the critical connections in our landscapes and ecosystems, can we truly appreciate and steward the land effectively for future generations. Join this important discussion to learn more.
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 8:30 amThis year, the Ecological Plant Conference (EPC) will delve into five plant-centric topics to educate, entertain, and inspire you. Join us for the sixth annual EPC deep dive into plants old and new.
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.
Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 1:00 pmThis shade gardening workshop blends site-specific assessment, design strategies, and plant options to help enliven your imagination.
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 1:00 pmIn this workshop, we will build on the stakeholder collaboration processes to focus on vision-driven partnerships and fundraising.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 10:00 amIn 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.
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 12:00 amThe program provides the foundation 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. This 35-hour course is the prerequisite for the exam to achieve NGICP certification.
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.
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 9:30 amJoin us for a unique opportunity to explore the private gardens of an inspiring insect specialist, landscape designer, and passionate nature photographer.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 10:00 amJoin this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.
Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 10:00 amWe invite you join us on this guided Eco-tour to experience the beauty, diversity and sustainability of our native flora for yourself.
Friday, September 9, 2022 - 10:00 amELA Eco-tour to meadows that display the rich color palettes that can be achieved using native plants. The meadows are all designed with four season interest - a feature that invites frequent visits to experience the changing views.
Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 4:00 pmTour 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.
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.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 3:00 pmA Focus on Sustainability - Learn about the traditional dry stone construction methods with Daniel Peterson, HabAdapt Landscape Design, and discover the sustainability advantages of dry stone walls.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00 pmA Focus on Sustainability - Ann English will explore strategies for increasing the carbon storage capacity of soil, including adding biochar, for increasing both carbon and infiltration capacities. She also will look at techniques for restoring degraded and eroded lands through planting and mulching.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:00 pmA Focus on Sustainability - Join us for an interactive, meditative “stroll” guided by Judy Beaudette, who explains the history behind forest bathing ('shinrin yoku' in Japan), a research-based mindfulness practice that offers wellness through immersion in nature.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 6:30 pmNative Plants: Member Event Julie Snell and Lisa McDonald Hanes will start the evening with brief opening remarks about native plants and then jump right into your questions for the bulk of this interactive Q&A session.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 12:00 pmA Focus on Sustainability - Invasive species and climate change are two of the most prominent forms of anthropogenic global change identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Carrie Brown-Lima reviews the current state of knowledge about how climate change influences invasive species as well as describe the work of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network that is bringing together researchers and practitioners to address this challenge.