Credit Opportunities Archive

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

 

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

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

6/16/15 - 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


6/11/15 - 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

 

6/9/15 - 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


6/4/15 - 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

 

 

 

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

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