From Patrick Hennessey at WCC:
WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S NATIVE PLANT CENTER PRESENTS 2011 EVENT SCHEDULE
The Native Plant Center (NPC) has announced its 2011 event schedule including various lectures, a spring conference, and a field trip.
Advancing the Understanding of Flora of the Northeastern USA and Adjacent Canada lecture on Wednesday, February 16 (snow date: Wednesday, March 2) by Robert F.C. Naczi, Ph.D., Curator of North American Botany at The New York Botanical Garden. The New York Botanical Garden has underscored its commitment to research on plants of the Northeast by embarking on a program to produce new resources for plant identification and geographic distributions. This presentation will review the Garden’s legacy in northeastern botany, explain the need for a new Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern U.S.A. and Adjacent Canada, and describe progress on the project. $25 fee; $22 for NPC members.
Raising the Canopy: Building Landscapes for Future Generations Spring Landscape Conference on Monday, March 14 (snow date: Friday, March 18) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Conference presenters will highlight projects where innovative thought, new technology and pioneering building practices have resulted in highly sustainable landscapes that support and augment LEED certification through the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the “nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings” and has become the green building industry standard for rating buildings. Professional Development Hour Credits are available through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES) upon request when registering. $127 fee; $100 for NPC members.
Walkable Westchester lecture by Jane Daniels on Friday, April 1 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Author and avid walker Jane Daniels will present a visual trek showing choice spots among over 600 miles of trails in Westchester County. Copies of her book, Walkable Westchester, will be available for sale and signing. Fee: $30; $25 for NPC members.
Cranberry Lake Preserve Field Trip on Wednesday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration required by Monday, May 9. Cranberry Lake Preserve is a 190-acre county park home to a number of interesting habitats and delightful native plants. The Preserve is located near the Kensico Reservoir in North White Plains. Curator Taro letaka will lead the group on a leisurely two-mile hike and point out the many wildflowers in bloom. Meet at the main entrance to the Preserve. Weather appropriate clothing and shoes are highly recommended for an enjoyable morning. $10 fee; free for NPC members.
The Native Plant Center, a non-profit program of the Westchester Community College Foundation, was established in 1998 as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, a national organization devoted to America’s native plants. The local Center has grown to a 400-member organization that educates the public with conferences, lectures and demonstration gardens. It also works with the New York Botanical Garden and a growing number of state and county departments. Its efforts have led to significant changes in Westchester’s public landscaping. The NPC works with Westchester County on plant lists and consults on native plantings on golf courses. It has also worked with the New York State Department of Transportation to create wildflower meadows along the roadsides.
For more information visit the Native Plant Center website at www.nativeplantcenter.org or phone 914-606-7870. Checks may be sent to the Native Plant Center, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY, 10595.