Credit Opportunities

8/21/14 - What Makes a Seed Tick? Biology & Adaptations of Seeds, Whately, MA

New England Wildflower Society

 

Nasami Farm
129 North Street
Whately, MA

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

Plant seeds are little (and sometimes big) miracle packets of life; they contain everything a plant needs for a head-start. The adaptations of seeds for dispersal, dormancy, and germination are as endlessly fascinating as the incredible diversity of seed forms, and beautifully illustrate principles of evolution. A basic understanding of seed biology is useful for anyone saving or planting seeds. Join Elizabeth Farnsworth for a romp through the seed world with a colorful lecture, a seed quiz, and a chance to see many kinds of seeds up close. NOTE: This workshop complements HOR3205, Introduction to Seed Saving with Kate Stafford on August 23. Sign up for both and get a discount ($72 [Members] / $90 [Nonmembers] for both classes together).

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

8/23/14 - Introduction to Seed Saving, Whately, MA

New England Wildflower Association

 

Nasami Farm
129 North Street
Whately, MA 01373

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

10:00am to 2:00pm

 

Learn the basics of harvesting, processing, cleaning, and storing a variety of native plant seeds in this hands-on workshop. We’ll start with a discussion about the timing of collection, including plant identification, determining ripeness, harvesting methods, processing techniques, and proper storage to maintain seed viability. Then we’ll venture out into Nasami Farm Sanctuary for some botanizing and seed collection. Returning indoors, we’ll try our hands at cleaning and processing various types of seeds. Bring home the seeds that you clean, and learn first-hand the tremendous benefits that seed-saving brings to the willing gardener. Bring a bag lunch. NOTE:

This workshop complements BOT1067, What Makes a Seed Tick with Elizabeth Farnsworth on August 21. Sign up for both and get a discount ($72 [Members] / $90 [Nonmembers] for both classes together)

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/23/14 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants & Native Look-Alikes in the Growing Season, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Come learn to identify woody invasive plants in the field! Late winter/early spring is prime season to touch up on your skills and get a jump on these pesky plants. This time of year is ideal for management but identification can be tricky. With the help of consulting field botanist Bill Moorhead you will learn to identify invasive woody plants in both terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, and distinguish them from those native plants with which they may be confused.


A brief introductory classroom session will be followed by visits to a number of field sites. In the event of weather too severe for field work, the workshop may be changed into a lab/classroom session using fresh collected specimens.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

9/6/14 - Fall Wildflower Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014
12:00pm - 3:00pm

 

Come learn to identify our local late summer/fall wildflowers! Primarily focusing on asters and goldenrods, we will explore the fields and woodlands of Aton Forest in search of these beautiful plants. This workshop will take place entirely in the field so please bring any outdoor necessities. Additionally, bringing a 10X magnification hand lens is recommended.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

9/8/14 - Wetland Construction: Planning & Functional Design, Bordentown, NJ

Rutgers University
Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd
Bordentown, NJ 08505

 

Monday, September 8 & Tuesday, September 9, 2014
8:30am to 5:30pm

 

As state and federal wetland mitigation standards evolve away from an acre-for-acre approach to a focus on replacing wetland functions, your understanding of the wetland's "wet part" has never been more critical.

Building on your understanding of wetland functions, this course will guide you on the many factors required to plan and design a functional wetland with an emphasis on two key components that drive success: DDT (depth, duration & timing) of site hydrology and the landscape position.

Through both classroom lessons and field training at a constructed wetland complex, you’ll learn "real world" applications, including:

  • Hydrogeomorphology: The importance of landscape position and where water is coming from

  • Water Budget Calculation: Water inputs/outputs and TR-55 runoff curves

  • The Thornthwaite Method: One method for calculating evapotranspiration

  • Hydrographs: Create useable hydrographs for presentation of your wetland design

  • And much more!

Although there are several critical factors affecting a wetland's functions (from soil parent material to climate to organisms), the two key design components stressed by our instructor are: addressing the landscape position (hydrogeomorphology) of the site and understanding the DDT (depth, duration & timing) of the site's hydrology. In fact, the single biggest mistake in botched wetland construction projects is failure to understand the amount and seasonal distribution of water over time. Attend this two-day program and learn about the DDT of water and how to calculate/anticipate hydrologic patterns before your wetland is constructed!

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/11/14 - Horticultural Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday & Friday, September 11 & 12, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm, each day

 

This Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens class, part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants & Horticulture, is subtitled “Biological Interactions of Garden Plants and Environment.” In this class, which meets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12, you’ll delve into topics of how plants interact with their garden environment. Topics instructor Bill Cullina will cover include specific adaptations to environmental condition and interrelationships between garden plants and their surrounding biotic and abiotic influences. He’ll also discuss concepts such as competition, symbiosis, parasitism, pollination, and dispersal.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/18/14 - Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation, Millville, NJ

Harold N. Peek Preserve
2100 Route 47 South
Millville, NJ 08332

 

Thursday, September 18 & Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species. This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors.

DAY ONE: SOUTHERN COASTAL PLAIN INTERIOR / DELAWARE BAY

Southern Coastal Plain Interior

  • Upland Forest
  • Palustrine Deciduous Hardwood Forest

Delaware Bay Tidal Communities

  • Freshwater/Brackish/Saline Marshes
  • Riverine Terrace/Dunes
  • Riverine Wetland Forests

DAY TWO: OUTER COASTAL PLAIN / NORTHERN PINE BARRENS

Outer Coastal Plain

  • Upland Forest
  • Reed Grass

Northern Pine Barrens

  • Pine Plains Pitch Pine-Oak Forest

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

9/23/14 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout, Boylston, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Dr
Boylston, MA 01505


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

1 AOLCP Credit


9/25/14 - Sustainable Horticultural Practices, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday & Friday, September 25 & 26, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Our landscape practices affect the balance of our ecosystem above and below the soil surface and the quality of our waters.  In this two-day intensive course at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, you will learn how to apply ecologically safe gardening practices to existing landscapes and garden beds.  Topics covered will include different methods of composting and other eco-friendly soil amendment techniques, alternatives to pesticides and herbicides, responsible acquisition of native plant materials and other techniques that follow low-impact practices to our natural surroundings.

 

Details & registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/27/14 - Field Identification of Late-Season Grasses, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 27, & Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm

 

This plant identification workshop focuses on identification and ecology of grasses (family Poaceae) that are detectable and identifiable in the field in late summer and early fall. The emphasis will be on the “warm-season” grasses, but we will also cover a number of other important grass species that are commonly encountered and are identifiable at this time of year. We will cover the basic features of grasses that distinguish them from other grass-like plants, the terminology used in identification manuals to describe and distinguish grass species, the characteristics of major groups, distinguishing warm-season from cool-season grasses, distinguishing invasive and other non-native species from native species, endangered grass species, wetland indicator values and other ecological affinities of various species.

 

The workshop is broken into two days:

o The first day that is largely devoted to introductory lecture and lab.

o The second day that is entirely devoted to travelling to representative habitats and their grasses at several sites.

 

Participants may register for one or both days. Grasses are a difficult group, and it is recommended that serious students who do not consider themselves advanced students register for both days. If you do not consider yourself an advanced student of grasses and can only attend one session, we recommend the first rather than the second day, as we will not be able to cover the basics again on the second day.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits for one day or for both days

 

9/28/14 - Wild Edibles Talk & Walk, Boyleston, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

From the woods to the meadows to our gardens, wild edibles are all around us. Join Dan Jaffe for a comprehensive look at the wild plants that can fill your belly. This workshop will cover finding edibles in the wild as well as growing them in your own garden. Questions concerning conservation of rare edible species will also be addressed.

 

Details & registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits


9/28/14 - Wild Mushroom Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 28, 2014
Choose from: 

9:00am to 1:00pm

or 

1:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Learn to identify and differentiate safe and unsafe mushrooms and the proper conservation etiquette when collecting them.  We are likely to see numerous species that appear in early autumn.  This workshop will include some classroom instruction and much field work, followed by a wild mushroom tasting.

 

Details and registration

 

 

 

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/3/14 - Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, & Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Friday & Saturday, October 3 & 4, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

What’s all the fuss? Invasive plant species have been getting a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. In this two-day course, Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society,  will introduce you to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits.  Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy clothes to go afield for short forays.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/7/14 - Invasive Plant Symposium, Storrs, CT

University of Connecticut, Student Union, 2110 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) will present a symposium on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The symposium will take place from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. The theme of the symposium is: Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop.

4 AOLCP credits.

 

 

 

10/14/14 - Methodology for Delineating Wetlands, Basking Ridge, NJ

Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

 

Tuesday, October 14 through Friday, October 17, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.

 

Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises.

 

Features of Wetland Indicators
> Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plants and indicators of hydrophytic vegetation
> Soils: Identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils based on the National List of hydric soil field indicators
> Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Vegetation Identification for Delineating Wetlands is required prior to attending this course.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/15/14 - Introduction to Wetland Identification, Basking Ridge, NJ

Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
9:00am to 5:00pm

 

 

Virtually all activities conducted in and around wetlands are regulated – from excavating underground storage tanks to soil compaction for paving a driveway or patio to pruning of overgrown vegetation – and violators are subject to hefty penalties and fines from the NJDEP.

 

Knowing if a wetland is on your property or a site on which you work is incredibly important! But how do you determine if a wetland is present?

 

Why not educate yourself? Take our class to get the basic tools you need to identify a wetland's presence. Once you make a determination, you will know if you need to go further and hire an environmental professional to evaluate the site and assist you with the permit process.

 

In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn:

  • Why wetlands are important
  • How they differ
  • What indicators are used for wetland identification
  • About the current regulations in New Jersey

You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You'll even get you a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day!

 

For those interested in advancing their wetland knowledge, this course will provide the essential background material needed for further study in the step-by-step regulatory and delineation techniques covered in the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/16/14 - Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday & Friday, October 16 & 17, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm

 

The use of native woody plants in a horticultural setting will be the topic of this combination classroom and in-garden course for second-year students in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture. The course, on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day,  is open to all, subject to availability. 

During this, the final class in this two-year program, staff horticulturist Justin Nichols will introduce students to native trees, shrubs, and vines to use in different horticultural settings based on their habitat preferences in nature. Recommended species, cultivars and sources of materials will be covered. To see authentic examples of woody plants in natural and landscaped settings, Justin will take the class on short forays into the Gardens and locally.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/19/14 - Wild Fruits, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods 
180 Hemenway Road 
Framingham, MA 01701 

 

Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Spring and summer flowers produce a bounty of wild fall fruits that we will discover in this hands-on workshop on fruit form, function, and diversity. We will study the significance of fruits in the flowering plant life cycle and then examine and dissect diverse fruit types, from capsules and follicles to pomes and drupes. Students will learn fruit terminology and practice constructing and using dichotomous keys to sort out the remarkable variety of fruits produced by flowering plants. We will look at seed-dispersal mechanisms and the connection between fruit and seed forms and strategies for seed dispersal. Participants are encouraged to bring fruit specimens from their own gardens for dissection and identification. Bring a bag lunch.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop


4 AOLCP credits

3/12/15 - Native Edibles & Herbals, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
10:00am to 12:00pm

 


Whether you are interested in healthy, novel, or unusual foods—or are simply interested in applying botany to your everyday life—this class will enhance your knowledge of native edibles and herbals. From cucumber root to Oswego tea, wild edibles and medicinal plants are everywhere. In this program, students will learn how to recognize and utilize them. Dan Jaffe and Anna Fialkoff will address safe and sustainable best practices as they explore common, rare, and threatened species for forage and cultivation.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 


3/25/15 - Organic Pest Management, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA01701

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Too often, a gardener’s response to insect pests or diseases is eradication, when all that’s really necessary is a little patience. Native plant gardens contribute to local ecosystems in myriad ways, but we limit their value when we apply pesticides. Learn how the horticulturists at Garden in the Woods use organic practices to manage plant health care in the Garden and how you can do the same at home.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits