Here is a note from the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) along with information about some interesting webinars: “As people across the country and around the world adapt by the day to ongoing limitations on gathering with family and friends and to new restrictions on movements around favorite green spaces, ELA is offering a new webinar series, A Walk in the Garden, that we hope will provide our community with much needed respite. Even when we can’t enjoy our green spaces in person, we take solace knowing that they will still be there when we return.” (ELA)
Registration is required for each webinar — but they are free!
- April 8, Noon ET Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Native Plants From unique flavors to hilarious names to the oddest survival strategies, there are strange and noteworthy plants right outside our back doors if we simply know where to look.
- April 15, Noon ET Pollinator Ecology Explore the garden with a focus on the basics of pollination ecology and discover how to maximize food production by encouraging both native and exotic pollinators.
- April 22, Noon ET Save the Pollinators! Save the Planet! Beyond providing refuge for six-legged friends under siege, found out how your garden can play a vital role in rebuilding the local ecosystem and creating climate resilience.
- April 29, Noon ET Planting Design Considerations Explore the garden while thinking first about plants in terms of their form and function, and then learn some strategies to best lay out your planting plan.
- May 6, Noon ET Art and Design Principles for Ecological Landscapes Ecological design is based on the same principles as landscape design, however, practitioners can become caught up in the arrangement of elements and materials and forget that the application of art and design principles are critical to evoke meaning, intent and order.
- May 13, Noon ET Tenacious Plants for Tough Places Join Andi Pettis to explore some of the toughest plants growing in NYC urban parks both the cultivated species and some of the plants that grew wild, spontaneously and without any care or thought from human beings.
- May 20, Noon ET Spring Ephemerals Join Darrah Cole on a virtual walk along The Greenway in April and May to discover the surprising delights of spring ephemeral and bulbs.
- May 27, Noon ET Mountain Top Arboretum – Timber Frame Education Center from Catskill Native Trees Join Marc Wolf for an inspiring visit to the Mountain Top Arboretum forest – from whence came the Arboretum’s new timber frame Education Center.
And here is a note and a list of some more great seminars from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC): Please use our free library of live webinars. These are some things you might find suitable.
- April 9, 2020, 12 Noon – 1 PM CDT Top 10 Weird, But Cool, Animal Adaptations – A WHC Kid-Friendly Webinar Animals can be beautiful and fun to watch. They can also be weird and surprising! Join WHC staff on this webinar and learn about the cool tricks animals do to help them survive in the wild.
- April 29, 2020, 12 Noon – 1 PM CDT STEM to STEAM Education: Using Art as a Gateway to Learning Explore how to develop impactful STEAM programs to influence the next generation of leaders.
- June 17, 2020, 12 Noon – 1 PM CDT Beyond the Pollinator Garden: How to Make the Greatest Impacts for Bees and ButterfliesJoin our panel of experts from the Pollinator Partnership to learn about recent developments in pollinator conservation and how to effectively implement larger-scale projects.
- September 9, 2020, 12 Noon – 1 PM CDT Getting Buy-In From the Top: How to Gain Approval for Conservation Projects Learn how to identify and communicate the concepts of corporate conservation and the company-wide benefits of such activities in order to get approval and secure funding for these efforts.