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, March 3, 2021 - 8:30 amELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace March 3 & 4 including two full days with 24 presentations and panel discussions. Many CEUs available.
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.
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 12:00 pmThe NGICP program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.
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, March 29, 2021 - 12:00 pmWith 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.
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 1:00 pmWhen designing public spaces, understand how to use your creative ideas to build partnerships, develop fundraisers, overcome obstacles, and draw visitors to your public landscape.
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.
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 12:00 pmGrowing 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.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:00 pmThis presentation emphasizes the importance of planting natives as both a sustainable approach to gardening and an opportunity to attract birds to your yard.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:30 pmFamiliarity 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.
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 1:00 pmThis program will explore how adapting an ecological framework that acknowledges biological limits supports healthy design.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 12:30 pmIn 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.