Credit Opportunities

7/1/15 - July 1, 2015, Sedge Identification and Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT


Wednesday, July 1, 2015
8:30am to 5:00pm


This plant identification workshop focuses on field identification, ecology, and indicator value of genus Carex, i.e. the “sedges”, the most diverse genus of vascular plants in Connecticut.  Considered by many a “cryptic” (i.e., hard-to-identify) group, the sedges are actually a well-behaved taxonomic group with relatively little hybridization. The majority of sedges are in fact identifiable in the field with no more than 10X magnification, and many Carex species have high value as indicators of hydrologic regime, fertility regime, and natural community types of special biodiversity significance. The workshop will emphasize development of field identification skills, as opposed to collection and keying out of specimens in the lab.  If/when weather is severe, we will work inside with collected specimens. For the information of those who have attended our earlier Carex workshops, we will cover several of the same habitats and most of the same species as in previous years, but we also visit some new sites and habitats, and will cover some species not covered in previous years. Also, there will be new, improved editions of the class handouts available.

 

Each participant should bring: a good quality hand lens with at least 10X magnification; fine-pointed forceps that can be carried in the field; a centimeter/millimeter ruler; hip or chest waders; his/her choice of insect repellent, sun protection, etc. The waders are not absolutely essential, but participants should in any case be prepared be in thigh-deep water/muck some of the time. A waterproof field notebook and collecting bags are highly recommended.

 

Details and registration


AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

7/8/15 - July 8, 2015, Sedge Identification and Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
8:30am to 5:00pm


This plant identification workshop focuses on field identification, ecology, and indicator value of genus Carex, i.e. the “sedges”, the most diverse genus of vascular plants in Connecticut.  Considered by many a “cryptic” (i.e., hard-to-identify) group, the sedges are actually a well-behaved taxonomic group with relatively little hybridization. The majority of sedges are in fact identifiable in the field with no more than 10X magnification, and many Carex species have high value as indicators of hydrologic regime, fertility regime, and natural community types of special biodiversity significance. The workshop will emphasize development of field identification skills, as opposed to collection and keying out of specimens in the lab.  If/when weather is severe, we will work inside with collected specimens. For the information of those who have attended our earlier Carex workshops, we will cover several of the same habitats and most of the same species as in previous years, but we also visit some new sites and habitats, and will cover some species not covered in previous years. Also, there will be new, improved editions of the class handouts available.

In addition to the field sessions there will be an optional lab session offered on July 8th after a dinner break.

 

 

Each participant should bring: a good quality hand lens with at least 10X magnification; fine-pointed forceps that can be carried in the field; a centimeter/millimeter ruler; hip or chest waders; his/her choice of insect repellent, sun protection, etc. The waders are not absolutely essential, but participants should in any case be prepared be in thigh-deep water/muck some of the time. A waterproof field notebook and collecting bags are highly recommended.

 

Details and registration


AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

7/14/15 - Landscape for Life, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road 
FraminghamMA 01701 

July 14-August 4, 2015

9AM to 12PM

 

This intensive introductory course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you, your family, and the environment. This class is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes.

 

Details & Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs upon completion of course

3 AOLCP CEUs per session


7/15/15 - 2015 UMASS TURF RESEARCH FIELD DAY, South Deerfield, MA
UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center
23 River Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Research Field Day is our 'open house', when we invite turf managers and their associates to visit the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and speak with UMass Turf Program staff and to view projects underway. Current turf research includes studies on the biology and integrated management of turf-damaging diseases and insects, short- and long-term weed management, fertility, wear tolerance and drought management, as well as a range of National Turfgrass Evaluation Program fine turf trials. Field Day will also feature a trade how with displays and demonstrations from turf industry exhibitors. Continental breakfast and a hearty barbecue lunch will be served.
4 AOLCP Credits
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7/16/15 - A path to beauty and bounty: Building a sustainable eco-system, Portsmouth, RI

168 Fairview Lane

Portsmouth, RI 02871

 

4pm to 6pm

$30

 

2 AOLCP credits

Registration and Details

AOLCPs, please report credits here

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden.

This professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle.

Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey.

This organically managed property has received a Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life. Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for how you can create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes.

- See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/a-path-to-beauty-and-bounty-building-a-sustainable-eco-system/#sthash.15ld408Y.dpuf

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden.

This professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle.

Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey.

This organically managed property has received a Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life. Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for how you can create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes.

Praying Mantis on Lavendar

Register now to learn more about this beautiful and bountiful landscape.

CEUs are being sought for this program.

Orchard BlossomsSanne Kure-Jensen is an organic grower and beekeeper in Portsmouth, RI where she has been promoting pollinator-friendly landscapes for many years. Sanne teaches workshops across the Northeast on topics including: Ecological Landscape Design, Beekeeping, Welcoming Pollinators, and Backyard Composting. Sanne is a Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) accredited Organic Land Care Professional offering landscape consulting and design services.

Sanne also works to preserve open space by helping to keep farms viable and farmers farming. She coordinates the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) on-farm workshops series for farmers and gardeners for the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of RI (NOFA/RI). Sanne helps the Portsmouth Agriculture Advisory Committee recommend updates to the town’s ordinances and Comprehensive Plan to support farmers, agriculture and agri-tourism.

Sanne is a frequent contributor to “Country Folks Grower” a monthly newspaper for landscapers, garden centers and growers as well as “The Natural Farmer,” NOFA’s quarterly newspaper for organic growers. Her work brings attention to local, regional and national issues in horticulture and agriculture. Sanne’s work has also been published by Edible Rhody, Mother Earth News, Holistic Management International (HMI), the RI Beekeepers Association, the RI Nursery & Landscape Association and the RI Tree Council.

- See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/a-path-to-beauty-and-bounty-building-a-sustainable-eco-system/#sthash.15ld408Y.dpuf
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
168 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, RI
7/18/15 - Introduction to Plant Families

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Saturdays, July 18th, 2015 through Saturday, August 1st, 2015

10am to 2pm

 


Saturdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Expand your understanding of New England’s wild plants by learning interesting clues about their family relationships and classification. Use microscopes to study real plants and find diagnostic characteristics allow you to see the similarities and differences of many woody and herbaceous plants we find outside. Learn basic formulas for plant structure and how to apply these to other families encountered.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 


7/23/15 - Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road 
FraminghamMA 01701 

July 23 and Aug. 19, 2015

1:00PM to 3:30PM

 

Thursday, July 23, Wednesday, August 19​, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. This course examines native perennials (mostly from the northeast) which bloom in late summer and fall, focusing on how to use them effectively to make beautiful landscapes and gardens. The class will take advantage of Garden in the Woods as the primary classroom, so be prepared for walking and weather. This course is a companion to HOR1000, but can be taken separately.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP CEUs


 


7/26/15 - Ferns & Fern Allies of New England, Norfolk CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT
 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

10:00AM –2:00PM

 

 

Ferns & Fern Allies of New England

 

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

 

8/2/15 - Kill Your Lawn, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road 
FraminghamMA 01701 

 

August 2, 2015

9AM to 3PM

 

According to NASA scientists, more surface area is covered in lawns in the United States than any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with environmentally friendly native plantings.

 

Details & Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

8/14/15 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA

August 14-16, 2015 UMass, Amherst, MA

 

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-15, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Read the full workshop program. This year's main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology".

This year, among the five pre-conference intensives will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. She will also give the first keynote on Friday night.

Our second keynoter, Ronnie Cummins will speak Saturday night on "Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics".

Each year, we offer educational and fun workshops designed for kids and teens where children bond with others throughout the Northeast while parents attend workshops and the plenaries.

This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCPs, please report credits online here

4 AOLCP credits (Organic Land Care track workshops are noted in their program)

8/20/15 - Grassy Weed Identification, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, August 20

9AM to 3PM


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 grassy weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP credits

AOLCPs please report credits online here

 

8/23/15 - Introduction to Seed Saving, Whatley, MA

Nasami Farm 128 North Street 
WhatelyMA 01701 

August 23, 2015

10AM to 2PM

 

Learn first-hand the tremendous benefits that seed-saving brings to the willing gardener. We’ll discuss the basics of harvesting, processing, and storing a wide variety of native seeds. After going over the basics, we will head outdoors to harvest seed. Then we will head back indoors to practice processing our newly collected seed, which you will get to bring home. Dress appropriately and bring a bag lunch.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

9/5/15 - Fall Wildflower Identification and Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 5, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm


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

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/10/15 - Selected Topics for Tree Care Professionals, Taunton, MA

700 Myles Standish Blvd  
Taunton, MA 02780

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

9:30am to 12:30pm

 

Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist, in Weed Management Topic for Arborists will explore topics that tree care professionals should understand about weeds and weed management, including the impact of turf and landscape herbicides on tree health and the role of invasive plants and related regulations. Rick Harper, UMass Extension Assistant Professor, will present Recovering Our Urban Forests: Update on Invasive Pests (& Invasive Practices). According to a recently published study performed by the US Forest Service, America’s urban forests are declining at a rate of 4.0 million trees per year. Since it is well-documented that urban trees provide many environmental and economic benefits, the effects associated with this decline may be numerous and extensive. Rick will highlight research pertaining to important invasive pests (insects and diseases such as Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Dutch Elm Disease) their int egrated management, as well as invasive practices commonly found impacting the health of our urban trees.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP CEUs

9/10/15 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout, Dartmouth, MA

UMass Dartmouth 285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747


September 10th, 4-6pm

Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist; Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist; Geoffrey Njue, Extension Sustainable Landscapes Specialist 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

AOLCPs, please report credits online here

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

10/1/15 - Sustainable Site Design Basics, Framingham, MA

New England Wildflower Society

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:30 am to 4:30pm

This course is an exploration into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design with particular focus on integrating both existing and new buildings sustainably into their landscapes. Students investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy and food system links between buildings and their supporting sites, as exemplified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and forthcoming SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative) system.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

10/1/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

New England Wildflower Society Spring and Summer programs.

Winter 2015 through Summer 2015

New England Wildflower Society is offering programs and educational opportunities in every New England State. 

Click HERE for calendar  and course listings of New England Wildflower Society programs

1-4 AOLCP credits available

10/3/15 - Landscape and Forest, Tree and Shrub Disease Workshop, Amherst, MA

Fernald Hall 270 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9am to 3:30pm

 

Join Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, for this workshop where participants will gain hands-on experience with many important landscape and forest diseases of trees and shrubs. The UMass-Amherst campus offers a wide variety of ornamental and forest trees and shrubs of all ages. Selected diseases will range from leaf spots, needle casts, root rot, stem cankers, rusts, anthracnose and more. An introductory lecture will review the basics of diagnostic plant pathology followed by a walking tour of campus. The day will end with a laboratory session using microscopy to view prepared slides.

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

Details and Registration

3 AOLCP CEUs

10/31/15 - Longwood Gardens Course 2015 Courses, PA

Please see the Longwood Garden's Course Catalog for AOLCP Credit Opportunities

Various Credits Available

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