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, March 4, 2020 - 8:00 amELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace offers twelve 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.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:30 amJoin us for this pollinator program as these four experts help us to learn what we can do to be part of the solution in support of pollinators.
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:30 amJoin us as five plant masters discuss a few valuable plants at length, from native perennials to under-story heroes to top performing trees. Cultivation, propagation, behavior, and ecological function will be highlighted, with an emphasis on plant communities. Presenters will delve into the interactions between individual plants and the complex interactions among plant communities,
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:30 amAs we reflect on the past landscape season and look for inspiration for our next designs, ELA’s Season’s End Summit invites you to take a fresh look at some design fundamentals that may surprise you – and inspire your next designs.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:30 amEnjoy a wide array of benefits when you become an ELA sponsor.
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.
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:30 amThis course prepares you to demonstrate your competency in green infrastructure areas.
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:00 amJoin Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (September 23 and September 30 10:00am – 3:00pm) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:00 pmThis five-session course tackles the different aspects of the landscape design process.
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:30 amIn this half-day workshop, learn a process to bring stakeholders together to collaborate in creating outdoor spaces of meaning and beauty.
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00 pmThis class will explore the myriad ways plants have adapted to different habitats, soil types, pollination and dispersal schemes. You will not look at plants the same way again!
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.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 4:00 pmThe park introduces a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial plant communities and habitats to the formerly desolate site and incorporates stormwater management techniques that capture runoff for irrigation. Ongoing park maintenance and upkeep is self-financed and funded through revenue generated from vendors, donations, and development parcels located within the park.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 1:00 pmTo manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated a small herd of resident Nigerian Dwarf goats. The goats happily graze on invasive plants such as bittersweet, buckthorn, and multiflora rose, as well as successional saplings.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00 amAsters and Goldenrods Start to Finish will focus on different species with a focus on their use in the garden and will include discussion of species selection for different sites. Additionally, this tour will address the propagation of various species, including how to collect and sow seed.
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 9:00 amJoin ELA, in collaboration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, for this workshop that highlights the ecological benefits of trees and the holistic benefits for human well-being. Presentations, discussion, and a field study tour will evaluate the selection of particular tree species that serve various valuable components to new landscape designs and as an inventory assessment in an established landscape. Finally, a walk led by a certified Forest Bathing Guide will round out the day.
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.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:00 pmThoughtful design considerations enhance the efficacy as well as the community enjoyment of landscapes designed to manage rainwater. Rain-harvesting landscapes focus on plant diversity, pollinators, habitat, texture, contextual themes, and seasonal interest.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 12:30 pmDesigned space can bring us a dynamic life experience when we have an understanding of specific plants and their adaptive strategies.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:30 pmIn this class, we’ll talk about some of the plants that have shown themselves to be especially tough in a variety of conditions.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:30 pmDr. Herms will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including changes in patterns of precipitation; consider current and future impacts; and look at the implications for trees in urban and natural forests, especially their interactions with insects.
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 2:00 pmLandscape Designer, Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas.