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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2019

March 6 @ 8:00 am EST - March 7 @ 5:00 pm EST

25th Annual ELA Conference
Sustaining the Living Landscape

Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration?

From the practical to the applicable, join us in March for the 25th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace at the UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA. Immerse yourself in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts as our speakers share their experiences and expertise. Full brochure here.

Forests and natural systems are under enormous pressure from the effects of climate change, insect damage, invasive plants, and rapid urbanization. What can you do to protect these systems? Join us to learn more about how to restore lost ecological connections, better manage urban land, and create beautiful, highly functioning landscapes!


Wednesday, March 6 – Two full-day workshops

Forest Dynamics in a Changing Climate – explore on the science and management of natural and urban forests

Form, Function, & Flow: Managing Stormwater Naturally – discover techniques to manage stormwater naturally, effectively, and aesthetically.

Plus Keynote Dinner Address by Charles Mann
     The Wizard and the ProphetTwo Remarkable Scientists and
     Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World

Thursday, March 7 

Twelve concurrent sessions ranging from an in-depth look at insects, plants, and fungi to larger concepts of creating urban habitat, repairing degraded land, and restoring human connections to the natural world.
And much, much more!

Scroll to bottom of page to register with early discounts through 2/25/19.

Click here to view the conference brochure!

Continuing Education Credits

CEU credits have been requested from APLD, ASLA, ISA, LA CES, MAA, MLP, MNLA (2 MCH Credits), NOFA OLCP, MA Forester, and MA Pesticide.     Click here for all CEU awards.

Ecological Products and Services

Increase your knowledge, build professional networks, and visit the Eco-Marketplace to learn what ecological products and services are available to help you grow your business

Conference Hotel

Rooms at Hotel UMass are available in the same building where conference sessions are being held. Register online or call (877) 822-2110 and specify the ELA group promotional code: ELC19C. Conference discounts at Hotel UMass through 2/25/19.
Additional lodging options are listed on the UMass Amherst visitor webpage.

Click here for travel and lodging tips!

Food for Thought Breakfasts

Start your conference day with a breakfast buffet and lively conversation with your peers. A popular new option in 2018, Food for Thought breakfasts will let you nourish your body while you challenge your mind – all before the first sessions begin.

Register for Food for Thought breakfasts and engage with experts on your favorite topics. Stick with one topic, or graze the offerings. Experts will be ready to keep the coffee and the conversation flowing. Topics will be posted at tables and will change each day.

Regular conference attendees, please note that in an effort to prevent food waste and to promote sustainability, your conference registration no longer includes full breakfast, only morning coffee and tea service and full lunch. Food for Thought breakfasts are ticketed separately.

Purchase Tickets Online

Member Tickets ($85 – $280)Must be a current ELA Member

Non-Member Tickets ($100 – $300)

Student Tickets ($60 – $85)Must show valid student ID at registration

Download Brochure & Order Form


March 6 @ 8:00 am EST
March 7 @ 5:00 pm EST
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UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Penny Lewis