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Green Train Landscaping & Urban Ecology Program Curriculum
Developing Central New York's Green Infrastructure

ESF Outreach has developed a unique, original curriculum for the GLUE workforce training program. The attached document and the information provided on this page provide an overview of the content covered in the program.

Duration: 10 weeks (8-week educational training with 2-week internship)

Location: Westside Learning Center; various field trip, fieldwork, and internship locations throughout Central New York

Curriculum and Schedule Overview (pdf file): GLUE_Overview_June2011

An example of a typical week's curriculum is provided below. For a more complete overview of the program, please click on the pdf file linked above.

WEEK 5 – RESIDENTIAL GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PART I

STUDENT LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate understanding of water cycle and  watersheds
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic soil principles- texture, compaction, pH, nutrients
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common rain garden plant characteristics and planting techniques
  • Select suitable plants for rain gardens and landscaping using blocking for continuous bloom

Day/Date/Time

Topic / Information presented

Instructor

Day 1:

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Review of water cycle

Introduction to watersheds and GI

Review combined vs. separated sewers

Lead:

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Various activities tailored to student needs (ESL, GED, related job skills, etc.)

Lead:

Day 2:

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Intro to rain gardens: What, how, factors to consider when designing & installing

Field trip – existing rain gardens- Tully St., Marcellus St., McGroarty Park, etc.

Lead:

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Various activities tailored to student needs (ESL, GED, related job skills, etc.)

Lead:

Day 3:

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Soils for rain gardens

  • Soil texture and structure
  • Concerns with urban soils
  • Soil tests: Percolation, ribbon test, compaction, and pH
  • Nutrient and heavy metal analyses

Site assessment, sizing the garden

Lead:

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Various activities tailored to student needs (ESL, GED, related job skills, etc.)

Lead:

Day 4:

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Rain garden design

Field trip/work- Rain garden project site

  • Choose size, shape
  • Work w/ client to meet his/her needs

Plants for rain gardens

  • Types of plants (native/non-native, perennial, evergreen, etc.)
  • Aesthetics (color, form, size, bloom time)
  • Plants for birds/insects

Lead:

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Various activities tailored to student needs (ESL, GED, related job skills, etc.)

Lead:

Day 5:

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Rain garden design con’t

  • Characteristics of plants for rain gardens
  • Shade- and flood-tolerance
  • Blocking for continuous/seasonal bloom

Develop rain garden sketch for project site

Lead:

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Various activities tailored to student needs (ESL, GED, related job skills, etc.)

Lead:

If you have any questions about green infrastructure and current training programs, please e-mail outreach@esf.edu.

This project is funded in part by the US Forest Service.


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