Credit Opportunities

4/22/14 - Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program, Part B, Milford, MA

Presented by UMass Extension

 

Part B of the 2014 Invasive Plant Management Certification Program

 

DoubleTree Hotel
11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

9:00am to 2:30pm

 

This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls.

This workshop is Part B of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program. In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. All sessions may also be taken individually.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

4/23/14 - Scouting for Early-Season Landscape Pests & Problems, Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst
Holdsworth Hall
Amherst, MA

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4:30pm to 6:30pm

 

Kick off the 2014 growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting 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

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/6/14 - The Mulch Matters, Hollister, MA

The Mulch Matters: Tips for Building Healthy Soil - ELA

 

Tree Specialists
140 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 


Join tour guide, Rolf Briggs as he shares important lessons about how different mulches affect soil organic matter, microbial activity, nutrient availability, and ultimately plant growth.

 

Details and registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/13/14 - Bartholomew's Cobble Restoration, Ashley Falls, MA

Bartholomew’s Cobble Restoration: The Future is Bright - ELA

 

Bartholomew's Cobble
105 Weatogue Road
Ashley Falls, MA 01257

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
10:00am to 12:00pm

 


Join tour guides Julie Richburg and Bridghe McCracken to learn the design and conservation considerations for the floodplain forest restoration at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) property.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/16/14 - Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course, Hillsborough, NJ

Coach Barn at Dukes Farm
1112 Dukes Pkwy W
Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

 

NOFA-NJ and The Permaculture Project LLC are sponsoring the 2014 Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course that will be taught by Wayne Weiseman at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.  Wayne is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course, and he is certified as well by the American Institute of Architecture to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects.  Wayne Weiseman is the Director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a full service international consulting and educational business promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods.  This hands-on Certificate course works to build the eco-skills necessary in all areas of life.

 

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course will be offered over two long weekends (each 4 full days) in the spring of 2014.   The dates are Friday through Monday: May 16-19 and June 6-9, 2014.  This hands-on certificate course is very intensive and will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.  All eight days must be completed for certification. The first four days will focus more on the planning components and the second four days will include some planning and implementation at a Duke Farms location.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 

5/16/14 - Green Stormwater Solutions Bus Tour, North Abington, PA

Lackawanna State Park
1839 Abington Road
North Abington, PA 18414

 

Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30am to 4:00pm

 

Join the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Penn State Extension for a day of discovery, learning and sharing as they visit six sites that are managing stormwater with green infrastructure. Anyone who is involved with design, management or maintenance of stormwater management systems and MS4 Communities should join this tour.

This one-day bus tour will demonstrate best management practices and ideas on how to manage stormwater through the use of cost-effective, green infrastructure. The tour will visit small to large scale installations that manage stormwater using low impact sustainable systems, helping to alleviate combined sewer overflows and non-point pollution that impacts our waterways. Participants will get to see practices such as residential rain gardens, commercial parking lot retrofits, bioswales, green roofs, rainwater capture & reuse systems, and institutional green infrastructure located throughout Lackawanna County. 

Register by May 2, 2014.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

5/21/14 - Exploring Native Trees at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)

 

Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Save the date to explore the native trees that thrive in Mount Auburn Cemetery’s beautiful 175 acre grounds. Join Dennis Collins for a walk through the landscape to see specimens that include evergreen, understory and canopy trees, including many beautiful spring-blooming species.

At Mount Auburn, many of the native trees are decades, if not centuries old. In addition to beauty, these veteran trees have very high conservation value. Veteran trees also play a vital role in providing air and water quality benefits and it can take 25 to 30 years before a newly planted tree develops the features that perform these ecosystem services. Choosing a native species better ensures both tree survival and ecosystem benefits.

We hope that you will join us to expand your native tree palette.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/24/14 - Spring Wildflower Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, May 24, 2014
12:00pm - 3:00pm

 

Come learn to identify our local spring wildflowers!  Primarily focusing on spring ephemerals, 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

 

 

 

5/25/14 - Rain Gardens and More; Effective Uses of Rainwater, Acton, MA
Sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society

25 Half Moon Hill
Acton, MA

Sunday, May 25, 2014
1:00pm to 3:30 pm

You can help protect our precious water resources, while at the same time creating lush gardens with native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Rain gardens take advantage of our natural abundance of rainfall rather than wasting it as runoff – using water flowing from your roof, driveway, or lawn.

Visit a beautiful twenty-acre Cohousing Community of 24 homes in a rural setting, where a varied mostly-native plant landscape has been in place for 17 years. Enjoy site features that include rain garden terraces, rain barrels, retention basins and swales, and durable no-water organic lawns. We will also see slides that review rainwater design options and construction methods, and discuss strategies that solve runoff problems such as erosion, icy walkways, or wet basements.

Registration and details to follow

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2.5 AOLCP credits
5/29/14 - Weed Walkabout, Wellesley, MA

Presented by UMass Amherst

 

Elm Bank Reservation
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

5:00pm to 7:00pm

 

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems of woody ornamental plantings. This workshop is held rain or shine.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/30/14 - Green Roof Tutorial, Somerville, MA

Boston Architectural College

 

Green Roof Recovery
9 Olive Square
Somerville, MA 02143

 

May 30, 2014
10:30am to 12:30pm

 

This tutorial will meet at a specialty green roof company, Green Roof Recovery, in Somerville, MA. Gain insight into planting media, construction materials and products. Get answers to questions that have been perplexing you. Co-Founder, Mark Winterer will give a tour of his facility during the seminar at Fringe in Union Square.

 

For more information, contact pce@the-bac.edu


Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

6/5/14 - Inland Wetland Plant Identification, Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm

 

This introduction to inland wetland plant identification begins with an overview of the major characteristics of woody and nonwoody vegetation used for identification in most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/laboratory setting to practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed.

Cost: $100.

Required Text: Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identifi cation, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr.

Cost: $25 additional for text.

 

Registration and details

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/10/14 - Broadleaf Weed Identification Workshop, Amherst, MA

French Hall, UMass
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their broadleaf weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

Pre-registration required; space is limited.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

6/14/14 - Naturalistic Landscaping, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, June 14, 2014
9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Many gardeners and land managers find themselves constantly fighting Nature to maintain the aesthetic appeal they desire. Another approach is to work with naturally occurring events and plants to achieve a landscape that is sensually, intellectually and emotionally satisfying. This workshop continues that discussion and demonstration of ecologically-based naturalistic landscaping and its benefits. There will be information presented for both those familiar with this form of wild landscaping and those new to it. With an understanding of natural processes you will learn how to work with the land to develop an attractive and healthy landscape. With weather permitting, most of the time will be spent walking the woods and fields of Aton Forest observing managed and natural habitats. There will also be time to talk about participants’ land management issues.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/14/14 - Discover the Berkeley Method of Composting, Kennett Square, PA

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9:00am to 12:00pm

 


Discover the “Berkeley Method” of making compost quickly and efficiently.

Learn this high-temperature composting technique that kills plant pathogens and weed seeds. Produce high-quality compost in as little as 18 days. Venture out to evaluate areas that make the best sites.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

6/19/14 - Identifying Inland Wetland Soils, (Part 2 of series), Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

9:00am to 3:30pm

 

This workshop is Part 2 of 2 of the 2014 Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape series.  Participants should have taken Part I, Identifying Inland Wetland Plants, or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

 

Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field — including soil texture, color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Part 1 of this series (Inland Wetland Plant Identification) or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

6/19/14 - Ferns & Fern Allies of New England, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, June 19, 2014
9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Botanist John Burns will be teaching a class about the non-flowering species of plants of New England: ferns, clubmoss, and horsetails.  In the morning we will review the distinctive features of each of these groups used in identification and learn how their life cycles are different from the seed producing flowering plants.

 

Participants can expect to see fabulous slides of ferns, clubmosses, and horsetails as well as fresh and pressed specimens collected during the previous field season.  This will prepare us for our afternoon foray into Aton Forest’s fields and woodlands where we’ll be able to find numerous species and more clearly see the settings in which they grow.

 

 

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/20/14 - Green Roofs and Permaculture, Shelburne Falls, MA

Beaver Lodge Environmental Learning Center
719 Barnes Road
Shelburne Falls, MA 01379

 

Friday, June 20, 2014, 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Dormitory accomodations available at Beaver Lodge

 

Come to Shelburne Falls, MA for a two day ecological design-build intensive focused on native plant material. We will explore the many facets of Beaver Lodge, a LEED Platinum residence designed by Marie Stella. This hands-on laboratory will review the Sustainable Site Initiative, “its  guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design.” Our design process will culminate with the completion of a small green roof on a children’s playhouse, taking its horticultural requirements and regionally adapted plant palette into consideration. We will fully investigate the eco-roof, its periods of brown dormancy and question material choices—monoculture or biodiversity, mosses, bulbs, annuals and perennials. Do we want green technology—a quantifiable technical surface, or an art form?


The green roof is not the garden as we knew it. We must strive to understand its requirements and parameters. Vegetated roofs take on many forms, limited only by the imagination and capability of the designer.


Try your hand at green roofs, or a quick vertical, vegetated wall . Examine the issues of sustainability, water conservation and the novel use of plant material. Offsite visits to wetland and native plant nurseries round out the curriculum.


Friday, 3:00pm - 8:00pm, Wetland Plant Nursery, Dinner, Discussion

Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, Breakfast, Green Roof Construction and Planting, Lunch, Native Plant Nursery


Bibliography for suggested study provided. Room and board not included in tuition. Detailed directions to Beaver Lodge in Shelburne Falls will be included in your course confirmation. Dormitory accommodations are available at Beaver Lodge. Communal meals will be served as indicated.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

6/21/14 - Field Identification of Early Season Grasses, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, June 21 & Saturday, June 28, 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 spring and early summer.  The emphasis will be on the “cool-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

 

 

 

7/12/14 - Natural Pest Control, Chesterfield, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Hilltown Tree & Garden
Pynchon Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

11:00am to 1:00pm

 

Join certified arborist and horticulturalist Jim McSweeney and learn how to apply natural and organic techniques to control a variety of pests that plague edible and ornamental plants, including diseases, insects, rodents, deer, and weeds. Find out which methods work in the home orchard and which work in ornamental and vegetable gardens. Feel free to bring sample pests and lots of questions! Leave the workshop with information on how to protect your landscape from unwanted herbivores using the most environmentally sensitive and effective products available. This hands-on workshop will take place at Jim’s home/office, where he has many edible and ornamental plants.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 

7/21/14 - Landscape for Life, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Monday, July 21 - Wednesday, July 23, and Friday, July 25, 2014

9:00am to 12:00pm

 

This intensive, introductory course provides you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to work with nature in your garden. Conventional gardens often work against nature, damaging the environment’s ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding, combat climate change and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth—including us. The good news is that even one home garden can begin to repair the web of life. Find out how to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment, while saving you time and money. Learn techniques for working with soil, water, energy and native plants which will help make your garden more earth-friendly and sustainable. Landscape For Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. Bring a bag lunch each day.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/1/14 - Green Roof Tour, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA

Federal Reserve Bank
600 Atlantic Ave #100
Boston, MA 02210

 

Friday, August 1, 2014
11:00am to 12:30pm

 

The 18,000 square foot roof garden at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was installed in 1976 and is considered one of the oldest, still original roof gardens in the country. It was designed by Robert Fager, ASLA, who worked for the building architect, Hugh Stubbins and Associates. Frank W. Sellner was the landscape architect consultant for the project. He often told stories of interning for Beatrix Farrand and his work experience with Fletcher Steele!

 

The garden is on the fourth floor, 90’ above the ground floor with sweeping views toward Boston Harbor and the Seaport District. The garden is accessed through the fourth floor café and function rooms with large floor-to-ceiling windows providing ample views from within. The central plaza area is furnished with tables and chairs, popular with the lunch crowd on mild days as well as three clearly defined sitting areas, protected from breezes and furnished with comfortable chairs. The roof garden has many specimen trees including contorted European beech, weeping white pines, numerous low growing crab apples, Japanese white pines and includes a specimen Japanese thread leaf maple. Many organically grown edibles are incorporated into the seasonal plantings. The FRB property has over 200 trees and a 60’ roof top greenhouse all maintained by the Bank’s horticultural staff.

 

This tour will be lead by Paul Kelly, Supervisor of Landscaping at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 1985 and Landscape Institute faculty member, Marie Stella.

 

Registration fee: $35

For more information contact Marie Stella, 413-625-2009 or mariestellabeaverlodge.com

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

1.5 AOLCP credits

 


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

9/27/14 - 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 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