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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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Conferences

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 Ecological Plant Conference 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 8:00 am

On December 4th, we invite you to spend a day reconnecting with familiar plants, learning about new plant options, and reconsidering our relationship to plants.

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 8:00 am

ELA 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.

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Classes

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 – December 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:00 pm

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: History and Principles of Landscape Design

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Over four afternoons, this class will explore Eastern and Western garden design, including long-practiced principles that encourage sustainable and ecological approaches.

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: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – Maine

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 8:30 am

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

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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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Webinars

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: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 12:00 pm

With rich, inspiring images from around the world, author, educator, and landscape designer Nancy Striniste explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more.

Webinar – The Green Industry’s Black Thumb: Pollution from Our Use and Disposal of Plastic Plant Pots

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Without plastic pots, the Green Industry would not have grown into the multibillion dollar industry it is today. But now, billions of single-use plastic plant pots are disposed of annually in the United States. Find out more about the problems and learn steps we can take to remedy them.

Webinar: The Challenges of Restoring Urban Native Habitat

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Patches of native habitat in urban and other degraded areas provide important ecological services. Focusing on Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and Orange County Great Park in California, where complex habitat was integrated with civic needs, Dr. Handel explores strategies for restoring connections between fragmented and degraded remnant habitats.

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.

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