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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 Virtual Conference & Eco-Marketplace – 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 8:30 am

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace March 3 & 4 including two full days with 24 presentations and panel discussions. Many CEUs available.

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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 – February

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 12:00 pm

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

Class: Garden Design for Child Development

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:30 am

In this class, you will learn how to design a children’s garden that appeals to all five senses, evokes playfulness and learning, and instills a love of nature that will grow into stewardship and environmental sensitivity.

Class: Plant Nutrients

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 10:30 am

In this course, you will learn some mineral nutrient foundations through an overview of soils, chemistry, and plant anatomy. Then we will explore how plants acquire, use, and translocate mineral nutrients.

Class: Expanding Your Business with Green Infrastructure: Five Tools to Incorporate this Season

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 12:00 pm

With detailed discussion and project photos, Trevor will introduce you to five practical Green Infrastructure tools. He will share his two decades of practical experience designing, installing, and improving stormwater management systems. The class will include time for Trevor to address your questions on these GSI tools.

Class: Navigating Public Design – Part 1

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 1:00 pm

When designing public spaces, understand how to use your creative ideas to build partnerships, develop fundraisers, overcome obstacles, and draw visitors to your public landscape.

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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.

Eco-tour: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 10:00 am

Join Dr. Cathy Neal on this tour to learn results from UNH research on wildflower meadow establishment, helping you to successfully plan, prepare, plant and maintain a beautiful and functional wildflower meadow that blooms all season long.

Eco-tour: Native Plant Center

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 10:00 am

Join this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.

Eco-tour: Exploring the Demonstration Meadows at Helia Native Nursery

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 10:00 am

ELA 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.

Eco-Tour – Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 10:00 am

We invite you join us on this guided Eco-tour to experience the beauty, diversity and sustainability of our native flora for yourself.

Eco-tour – Private Gardens in Rye, NY

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 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.

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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: Grassroot Seed Propagation of Native Plants

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Growing native plants from seed is a different way to interact with our native flora and an inexpensive way to produce a lot of plants. Be part of a grassroots movement to sow native seeds and increase the number of native plants in the landscape with an abundance of genetically diverse seedlings.

Webinar: Expanding Biodiversity – Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:00 pm

This presentation emphasizes the importance of planting natives as both a sustainable approach to gardening and an opportunity to attract birds to your yard.

Webinar: The American Oaks – Diversity, Ecology, and Identification

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:30 pm

Familiarity with oaks is vital for anyone looking to garden for biodiversity. Tim will show us how to identify most of the twelve species native to New England and offer guidance on species selection, installation, and maintenance for establishing oak trees in our managed landscapes.

Webinar: Regenerative Design – How Living in Agreement with Nature Helps Organizations Thrive

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 1:00 pm

This program will explore how adapting an ecological framework that acknowledges biological limits supports healthy design.

Webinar: Oak Red-List Project – Main Threats to Oaks and Saving Oaks from Extinction

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 12:30 pm

In this presentation, Dr. Westwood will discuss the economic, ecological, and cultural value of oaks, and will explain the threats each species faces and the conservation efforts underway to save the oaks.

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