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 28, 2020 - 9:00 amJoin us at this year's Season's End Summit for refreshing perspectives and inspiring discussions of the healing landscape tools that empower us to be part of the solution as we look ahead to future seasons of stewardship.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 8:30 amOnly with widespread adoption of nature-based, regenerative strategies and with the redesign of failed systems, will communities build resilient landscapes that improve environmental and human health. Join us for this unique opportunity to consider future landscapes and learn the importance of regenerative solutions.
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 8:00 amOn December 4th, we invite you to spend a day reconnecting with familiar plants, learning about new plant options, and reconsidering our relationship to plants.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 8:00 amELA 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.
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.
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 10:30 amThis class will cover a brief history of climate change and address carbon and hydrological cycles, the earth’s heating and cooling systems.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 1:00 pmOver four afternoons, this class will explore Eastern and Western garden design, including long-practiced principles that encourage sustainable and ecological approaches.
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:30 amIn 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.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 10:30 amIn 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.
Monday, November 7, 2022 - 8:30 amThe NGICP program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.
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.
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 10:00 amJoin 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.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 10:00 amJoin this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 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, August 21, 2021 - 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.
Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 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.
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.
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:00 pmHow do we embrace principles of regenerative design on private land parcels where functional needs preclude true rewilding? What happens when we invite and then interrupt the feedback loop in some aspects of a place, but not in others? Join this webinar to learn more.
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:00 pmThe 8th Season of A Focus on Sustainability webinar series beings with a look at native groundcovers. Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 12:00 pmMs. Silvia will share the process, challenges, and discoveries she has made while managing concept, design, installation, plants, and daily maintenance of the landscape.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00 pmThis webinar will explore quantifying soil health through laboratory analyses included in the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH) and will address management strategies for improving and maintaining soil health under different cropping systems.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 12:00 pmMonticello gardening initiatives which include developing an innovative farming center highlighting Thomas Jefferson’s connection to food, farming, and civic agriculture.