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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.

2020 Season’s End Summit: Healing the Earth That We Steward

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:00 am

Join 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.

Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 8:30 am

Only 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.

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: Climate Change and Native Plants

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 10:30 am

This class will cover a brief history of climate change and address carbon and hydrological cycles, the earth’s heating and cooling systems.

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: A Stick in the Spokes – Meaningful Interventions in Landscape Systems

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:00 pm

How 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.

Webinar: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:00 pm

The 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.

Webinar: The Challenges and Complexities of Ecological Gardens – A 5-year Journal of Discoveries

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Ms. Silvia will share the process, challenges, and discoveries she has made while managing concept, design, installation, plants, and daily maintenance of the landscape.

Webinar: Evaluating Soil Health

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This 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.

Webinar: What’s Growing on at Monticello?

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Monticello gardening initiatives which include developing an innovative farming center highlighting Thomas Jefferson’s connection to food, farming, and civic agriculture.

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