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northeast symposium on Native plant Education conservation and gardening

Northeast Symposium on Native Plant Education, Conservation and Gardening Tuesday, June 27 - Thursday, June 29, 2006

Our purpose is to promote the conservation and use of native plants through workshops, seminars and site-based field experiences for K-12 educators, professionals and master gardeners.  This is the only professional opportunity of this kind in the region.

Be sure to watch HOUR CNY at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, June 20, 2006!  Donald Leopold and Dudley Raynal are guests on WCNY (tune to channel 24 or Time Warner Cable 11) to discuss native plants and the exciting Native Plant Symposium.


SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)


Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Plenty of free parking!

Agenda at a Glance:


Tuesday 6/27

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 10:00 AM Workshops
10:00 AM Depart for field trips, pick up box lunch!
12:00 - 1:00 PM Box Lunch on the road
1:00 - 4:00 More time in the field
4:30 PM Return time
Dinner on Your Own


Wednesday 6/28

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 10:15 AM Welcome attendees  Conference with keynote
10:15 - 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 12:00  Presentations
12:00 - 1:00 PM Buffet Lunch provided
1:00 - 4:00 PM Presentations
4:30 PM Depart for Eis House
5:00 - 7:00 PM Reception in the Main Bar Area at Arena's Eis House, Academy Street, Mexico, NY 13114 (phone: 963-3755)
7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner in the Mirror Room at the Eis House


Thursday 6/29

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration - pick up Box lunches
Departure time: 8:00 AM Field Trips to Industry Places or field trips to natural places
12:00 - 1:00 PM Box Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 PM More time in the field 
4:30 PM Return time 
Dinner on Your Own

Symposium Program

Agenda for Tuesday, June 27th

Choose from field based experiences or visit local nurseries. Learn from and travel with the experts to Natural Areas and Industry-related locations to see a wide variety of native plants or visit local nurseries that feature native plants. Continental Breakfast at 7:30 am.  Meet briefly at 8:00 am in classrooms, field trips depart with leaders when each group is ready, take box lunches and return at 4:30 pm. Limit of 20 people.

  • Native trees and shrubs: Led by Catherine Landis, Laura Heath, Matt Buff. Field sites: Oakwood Cemetery, Lafayette Experiment Station, Clark Reservation. Participants will see over 150 tree and shrubs native to New York and Northeast (Select T 5 on the registration form).
  • Local Nurseries: Led by Carolyn Deary-Petrocci or others from BOCES.  Field trip to local nurseries which feature native plants. Visits to Waterman Nurseries and Phoenix Flower farm (Select T 6 on the registration form).
  • Native Wetland Species: Led by Matt Distler, Kay Hajek and Stephen Reynolds.  Field trip to various sites. (Select T 7 on the registration form).
  • State-protected and invasive plant species: State-protected and invasive plants of New York State. Led by Hope Hornbeck and Dudley Raynal (Select T 8 on the registration form).

We reserve the right to cancel/combine if less than 9 people register.

Agenda for Wednesday, June 28th:

Conference with keynote presentation, and seminars ending with reception and banquet dinner. Click on the links for speaker bios and presentation abstracts.

Time Activity Speaker(s)
8:00 - 8:45 am Native plants for difficult garden settings Don Leopold, SUNY ESF
8:45 - 9:30 am Alternatives to invasives: A designer’s approach to selecting native plants Tim Toland, SUNY ESF
9:30 - 10:15 am Plant communities for the home landscape Dan Carroll, Great Lakes Horticulture 
10:15 - 10:30 am Break  
10:30 - 11:15 am An ecological framework for using native plants in restoring landscapes Tony Eallonardo, SUNY ESF
11:15 - 12:00 pm Native plants for wetland and upland restoration projects Dan Segal, The Plantsmen Nursery
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch  
1:30 - 2:15 pm Propagating native plants Jim Engel, White Oak Nursery
2:15 - 3:00 pm Landscaping for Water Quality: Rain Gardens and More Kelly Somerlot, Cornell Cooperative Extension
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break  
3:15 - 4:00 pm Native forest understory herbs: their ecological roles and current conservation issues Gregory McGee, SUNY ESF
4:00 - 4:45 pm Invasive Species Ecology Dudley Raynal, SUNY ESF
5:00 Dinner and Mixer
Arena's Eis House Restaurant

Agenda for Thursday, June 29th:

Attend a field trip led by Don Leopold! Continental Breakfast at 7:30 am. Depart at 8:00 am sharp to travel for a full day with box lunch and return at 4:30 pm. Limit of 25 people.

  • Native Plants of New York State - Native graminoids, wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees. Led by Don Leopold. Possible field sites: Nelson Swamp, Rand Tract, and other wetland and upland sites. Participants would likely see over 150 plants native to New York and the Northeast (Select TH1 on the registration form).

We reserve the right to cancel/combine if less than 9 people register.