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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.

2020 Ecological Plant Conference

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 8:00 am

Join us for the fifth annual Ecological Plant Conference at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York.

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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 – NY

Monday, December 7, 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, November 9, 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.

Class: Navigating Public Design, Part 2

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:30 am

(Conducted as a live webinar.) In this half-day workshop, we will build on the stakeholder collaboration processes to navigate public designs.

Class: Tips and Techniques for Healthy Seedling Starts

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00 am

(Conducted as a live webinar.) Learn basic yet critical propagation techniques for successful seedling starts.

Class: Building the Green Industry

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 10:30 am

(Conducted as a live webinar) You will learn opportunities, challenges, and strategies to guide your own projects in the green industry.

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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 – Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 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.

Eco-tour: Native Plant Center

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 10:00 am

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

Eco-tour: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 9:30 am

Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the private gardens of an inspiring insect specialist, landscape designer, and passionate nature photographer.

Eco-tour: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 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.

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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: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.

Webinar: Why Rain Gardens Fail and Tools for Success

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00 pm

With appropriate planning, design, construction, and maintenance, rain gardens, bio-swales, and other stormwater treatment workhorses can be an artistic part of our landscapes, gardens, streetscapes, and public spaces.

Webinar: Field Notes – A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This webinar covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

Webinar: Designing with Ferns – The Dependable and the Divisive

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Discover the important ecological role of ferns in the landscape and how they are affected by mammal populations and soil conditions.

Webinar: Meadows – If You Build It They Will Come

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This presentation offers a glimpse into the rich species diversity that comes from establishing a meadow and making the right choices from design through maintenance.

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