Credit Opportunities

9/23/14 - Organic Lawns at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 

1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

Rose Kennedy Greenway Intersection of Beach and Hudson Streets  

Boston, MA 02111

 


This is Boston’s only organically maintained Public Park and one of a handful of organically maintained urban parks in the United States. Children and pets can play freely and safely on our lawns without the worry of chemicals or pesticides, because the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy manages the parks organically. “Our plants are healthier, more resilient, and better able to withstand the wear of public use.” The Conservancy’s practice of not using herbicides and toxins also ensures that run-off from the parks will not pollute Boston Harbor or harm the delicate marine life.

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 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 - Native Plants – Native Brews – Native Talent, Framingham, MA

Friday , October 3, 2014

 

5:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway St  

Framingham, MA 01701

 

Garden in the Woods is the 45-acre botanical garden of New England Wild Flower Society, America’s oldest plant conservation organization, and boasts over 1,000 native plant species on display including 150 rare and endangered species.
Native plants are a riot of color in autumn and there is no better place to see them in a mature garden setting than at Garden in the Woods.
Join us for this unique opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage of native plants while reconnecting with native talent (colleagues) and sharing your favorite native brew. Bring a couple of your favorite native brews to this BYO & S (Bring Your Own and Swap) gathering for a twilight tour that is sure to sell out.
Native brew soft-drinks will be provided.

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 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

10/6/14 - Coastal Certificate - Sound Gardening, Madison, CT

Coastal Certificate - Sound Gardening; Sustainable Landscaping for Clean Waters

 

Mercy Center
167 Neck Road
Madison, CT

 

Monday, October 6, 6 - 9 PM

Wednesday, October 8, 6 - 9 PM

Sunday, October 19, Required Field Trip, TBA

Monday, October 20, 6 - 9 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 6 - 9 PM



The Coastal Certificate program is offered to those who wish to familiarize themselves with current environmental issues unique to our coastal waters and Long Island Sound, while learning ways to landscape more sustainably. In a time when climate change is taking on increasing significance, the program will address how and why the transition to sustainable landscapes is not just a good idea, but also a global environmental imperative.


The program is designed to generate ambassadors of alternatives to nutrient- and chemically-intensive landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents. The outreach component will be geared to spreading the word about sustainable landscaping through hands-on projects, educational materials and other creative ideas.


In addition to covering coastal environmental issues, the Coastal Certificate program will feature professionals who address exciting ways to reduce or rethink lawns, create native plant habitats that attract birds and pollinating insects, design for sustainability using native coastal plants, and share tools and resources for effective outreach.


Participants must attend all five classes and complete two approved outreach activities to receive the Coastal Certificate.  Reading resources will be provided. Optional text:  The Naturescape Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, Beth O’Donnell and Karen Bussolini, Timber Press 2013

 

 

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