Credit Opportunities

3/29/15 - NOFA Rhode Island Winter Conference, Warren, RI

Hope & Main 691 Main Street 
WarrenRI 02885 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

8:30AM TO 4:30PM

 

Details & Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs

3/31/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

The New England Wildflower Society  has released their 2015 schedule of workshops and courses.

February through December

View  programs  here

Various AOLCP CEUs

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4/1/15 - 4/1/2015 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants & Native Look-Alikes in Late Winter & Early Spring, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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

4/2/15 - THE INVASIVE PLANT ISSUE AND INVASIVE PLANT IDENTIFICATION, MA

Doubletree Hotel 11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

9am to 2pm

 

Why should you be concerned? Enhance your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. Discussion of the strategies and recommendations of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document.

Part A3 of UMass Extension's Invasive Plant Management Certification.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP Credits

4/11/15 - Gardening for Beginners Day, Mt. Cuba Center, DE

3120 Barley Mill Rd

Hockessin, DE 19707

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

$15 per session or $35 for all three

Intro to Eco-Gardening: 9:30am - 10:30am

Plant This: 10:45am - 11:45am

Down & Dirty: Soil Basics: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

1 AOLCP CEU each or 4 AOLCP CEUs for all three

4/18/15 - Make Room for Mushrooms, PA

Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Saturday, April 18, 2015

1pm to 4pm

 

$55.00 ($49.00 for Longwood Gardens Members)
Discover the emerging field of mycotechnology—using mushrooms to clean up and regenerate toxic and degraded landscapes. Find out about your own DIY cultivation options including log culture, wood chip beds, and other, more creative, mushroom growing techniques. Part of the class time will be spent making your own mushroom bag—a simple and easy way to grow and enjoy your own edible mushrooms anywhere!
AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop
3 AOLCP Credits
4/23/15 - DEVELOPING AN INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, Milford, MA

Doubletree Hotel 11 Beaver St 
MilfordMA 01757 

 

April, 23, 2015

9:00AM to 2:30PM

 

Develop and implement an invasive plant management program, including management tips and strategies, herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies, and ways to avoid common program pitfalls.

Part B of UMass Extension's Invasive Plant Management Certification.

 

Details & Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4/25/15 - 4/25/15 - Vernal Pool Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm

 

 

This workshop will give participants the knowledge to identify our local amphibians as adults, larvae, and eggs in the field and in the classroom.  Identification of these animals will be based on physical characteristics as well as by calls.  Instruction on how to locate and identify vernal pools and collect data for inventories and monitoring will also be covered.

The workshop will consist of an introductory classroom session followed by a trip into the field to observe some vernal pools at Aton Forest.  This workshop is designed for people who are interested in amphibians and vernal pool protection, especially those interested in conducting inventories and monitoring vernal pools.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

4/27/15 - Scouting for Early-Season Landscape Pests and Problems, MA

Stockbridge Hall - 80 Campus Center Way UMass
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

 

Kick off the 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

4/30/15 - Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road 
FraminghamMA 01701

April 30th through June 11th

1PM to 3:30PM

 

Thursdays, April 30, May 14, May 28, and June 11, 1-3:30 p.m. Numerous native perennials are suitable for New England gardens. We will look at horticulturally significant native plants that flower early in the season and discuss how to use them successfully in a designed landscape. Be prepared to walk in the Garden most of each class. Appropriate for landscape professionals and avid home gardeners, this course is a companion to HOR1050, but can be taken separately.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP CEUs per class session


4/30/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

The New England Wildflower Society  has released their 2015 schedule of workshops and courses.

February through December

View  programs  here

Various AOLCP CEUs

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

5/16/15 - Activated Aerated Compost Tea, PA

Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Saturday, May 16, 2015

9am to 12pm

 

Non-Members: $40 Longwood Gardens Members: $36
 
Compost tea can improve the health of the soil and the plants in your garden and landscape.

This three-hour session will take some of the mystery out of the complex science of soil microbiology and empower participants with a common-sense solution for improving soils and reducing input costs. Learn the science behind compost tea and take home information to brew your own, biologically active, ‘designer’ compost t

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP Credits

5/28/15 - Weed Walkabout, MA

Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway  
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

 

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. Held rain or shine.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

1 AOLCP credit

 

5/30/15 - 5/30/15 - Spring Wildflower Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm

 

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

 

4 AOLCP credits

5/30/15 - Explore Native Orchids, Mt. Cuba Center, DE

3120 Barley Mill Rd

Hockessin, DE 19707

 

Saturday May30, 2015

1pm - 3pm

 

Discover what makes native orchids so special. Join Smithsonian's expert, Tom Mirenda, as he explains the unique biology or orchids, why they are highter on the evolutionary tree, and their synergistic associations with pollinators. Find out why conservation measures are  needed to save these american treasures and what you can do. 

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP CEUs

5/31/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

The New England Wildflower Society  has released their 2015 schedule of workshops and courses.

February through December

View  programs  here

Various AOLCP CEUs

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

6/4/15 - Best Management Practices for Minimizing Turf Pests, MA

Doubletree Hotel 

11 Beaver St  
Milford, MA 01757

Thursday, June 4, 2015

8:30am to 12:30pm

Best management practices are key to establishing and maintaining turf that can withstand pressure from damaging pests. Mary Owen, UMass Extension Turf Specialist, will focus on integrating BMPs into a pest management program, with emphasis on the use of particular cultural practices in the management of specific weed, insect and disease pests. Also, a strong understanding of a product’s active ingredient is necessary to get the most out of an herbicide application. Randy Prostak will discuss characteristics and use patterns of commonly used turf herbicides.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

6/9/15 - Gardening for Pollinators, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road 
FraminghamMA 01701

 

June 9th, 2015

10:00AM to 12:20PM

 

Learn how pollinators are nearly as important as sunlight, soil, and water to the reproductive success of over 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants, and take away easy tips for attracting and supporting pollinators in your own back yard.

 

Details & Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP CEUs


6/11/15 - Best Management Practices for Minimizing Landscape Pests, Hadley, MA

Hadley Farms Meeting House

41 Russell St  
Hadley, MA 01035

 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

8:30am to 12:30pm


How has our changing climate affected the health of our landscape plants? Are stressed plants more prone to insect infestation? What timely, new and expected insects of importance are prevalent on landscapes? Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, addresses many of these relevant questions and outlines management strategies for the future. Also, a strong understanding of a product’s active ingredient is necessary to get the most out of an herbicide application. Randy Prostak will discuss characteristics and use patterns of commonly used landscape herbicides.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP CEUs

 

6/16/15 - Native Plant Materials for Professionals, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road 
FraminghamMA 01701 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

to 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

10AM to 1:30PM

 

You might be familiar with Monarda didyma (scarlet bee balm) or Rudbeckia fulgida (black-eyed Susan) but how about M. punctata (spotted bee balm) or R. triloba (three leaved brown eyed Susan)? From consistent plants for tough situations, to specialty plants requiring “professional care,” Plants for Professionals will add some less familiar species to your native herbaceous plant repertoire.

 

Details & Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP CEUs


6/24/15 - Rhododendrons and their Relatives

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

9:30am to 12:30pm

 

See the collection of Rhododendrons at peak bloom around the NEWFS gardens. A member of the Ericaceae, or heath family, many of which thrive in New England’s acidic soils are wonderful to see at this time. We start with the attributes and history of how members of this family got named and classified. Identification tips will help you identify many similar relatives that you will might find walking in our New England woods. We then walk the Garden to visit the azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, cranberries, leatherleaf, highland bog-laurel, and more, also looking for evidence of nectar thieves.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP CEUs

6/28/15 - Native Bees, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road

Framingham, MA 0171

 

Sunday June 28th, 2015

1pm to 4pm

 

With four hundred species native to New England, bees are both diverse and essential to our native and food producing landscapes. Come learn the basics of identification (to family), invertebrate ecology and conservation, and how to maximize pollinator habitate essentials. Features a talk, pinned species, plant lists and ample discussion.

 

For Details and Registration email Lana Reed at lreed@newenglandwild.org or visit www.newenglandwild.com

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP credits

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


7/18/15 - 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

8/23/15 - 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

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

10/1/15 - 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

10/3/15 - 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