Nature & the Environment
To register please call 914-606-6830 and press option 1
Introduction to Birds
Learn to identify and attract colorful birds to your backyard. The first meeting, in a classroom, focuses on birding basics, ID techniques for common birds, and the best places to go birding. The second meeting will be a field trip to a local nature center for first-hand practice.
CE-SCI 2013VA, 2 Sat., Feb. 17 & 24, 9:30-11:00 am, KNC-2 (first class), $30 (+ $6 parking fee at nature center). H Weber. #12335
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Eat healthy, save money, and reduce stress. Learn everything you need to start a vegetable garden. Site selection, soil preparation, deciding what to grow and when and how to plant it will all be explained and demonstrated in this workshop. Additional seedlings may be available for purchase. Meets at the Greenhouse at the Hart’s Brook Nature Preserve in Greenburgh.
CE-GRDN 2076, 1 Sat., May 19, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $30 + ($5 materials fee for handouts and seedling samples, payable in cash to instructor at class). A Kish. #12944
Grow “Ugly” Heirloom Tomatoes
Take the first steps toward an August harvest of your own crop of “ugly” tomatoes, those old-fashioned heirlooms with strange names such as “Mortgage Lifter.” You’ll plant six varieties of hard-to-find tomato seeds to take home, learn their history and importance, and techniques for transplanting them and growing a spectacular crop of multicolored, unusually shaped luscious tomatoes. If you don’t have a place to germinate and grow the seedlings, the instructor can provide greenhouse space for a nominal fee. Meets at the Greenhouse at the Hart’s Brook Nature Preserve in Greenburgh.
CE-GRDN 2077, 1 Sat., Apr. 21, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $30 ($15 materials fee for handouts, seeds, and planting materials, payable to instructor). A Kish. #12945
GO NATIVE U SPRING 2018 CLASSES
Sustainable Gardening with Native Plants
Classes and Certification
Go Native U at Westchester Community College in collaboration with
The Native Plant Center
Discover how to plant and grow a beautiful and beneficial landscape using plants native to the Northeast. Gardening enthusiasts, landscape architects, and designers will learn from experienced instructors about the importance of native plants, regional ecology and the sustainable practices that can be used to enhance home and community environments.
Enroll in single classes or pursue your certification in Sustainable Gardening with Native Plants, which consists of 50 contact hours (18 hrs./core courses, 17 hrs./electives, and 15 hrs./community service) plus a final exam. Most classes offer LA-CES approved credit hours; some offer ISA-approved credit.
To register for these courses, please call 914-606-6830 and press 1 or register online at www.sunywcc.edu/CE
All classes are held in the Classroom Building, Room 100, unless otherwise noted.
Introduction to Native Plant Communities
Examine the groups of native plants that grow together in the wild, and the ecological reasons for gardening with this approach. Learn about common plant communities, why they are important, and how to emulate them in your landscape.
CE-GRDN 2013, 1 Wed., Jan. 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. K Eierman. #12422
Native Perennials: Spring/Summer
Learn about the many herbaceous native plants that will enhance your garden and also provide food and shelter for native bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.
CE-GRDN 2016, 1 Sat., Mar. 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. B Fischer. #12423
Plant Identification in the Field
Move outside the classroom to learn how to identify plants using a taxonomic key. Try your skills in the field by exploring the demonstration gardens of The Native Plant Center and the grounds of the college campus. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide is required.
CE-GRDN 2023, 1 Tues., May 1, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. J Schuler. #12424
Evergreen conifers (cone-bearing tree) provide focus in all seasons, most especially in winter, when they add color to the landscape and offer shelter for birds and other wildlife. Explore the diversity of native conifers, including the numerous cultivated forms and varieties, and their use in designed landscapes.
CE-GRDN 2019, 1 Thurs., Feb. 1, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. C Summers. #12425
Native Plant Alternatives to Turf
Learn how to vastly improve the ecology of residential or commercial landscapes by replacing “green deserts” (lawn or turf) with native alternatives. Learn how to analyze a site, prepare a site, and determine what native plant choices are appropriate for particular conditions. Suitable native grasses, groundcovers, meadows and mixed plantings will be discussed.
CE-GRDN 2026, 2 Wed., Feb. 7 & 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $90. K Eierman. #12426
Best Practices for Garden Maintenance
Learn how to maintain a chemical-free, thriving native plant garden with best practices for weeding and invasive plant control, basic plant identification, and suggestions for equipment that will make the job easier.
CE-GRDN 2074, 1 Thurs., Feb. 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. C Summers. #12427
Proper Pruning Practices
Learn the proper techniques and methods for pruning deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. Topics include correct timing, renewal pruning, and recommended tools. Dress for weather and bring your pruners for hands-on work in the garden.
CE-GRDN 2062, 1 Thurs., Mar. 22, 10:00 am-2:30 pm, $115. A Perkowski. #12428
Reimagine a new landscape design for small or large sites or a restoration of an existing site using the concept of native plant communities. Learn how to select suitable native plants to create a natural landscape.
CE-GRDN 2029, 1 Tues., Mar. 27, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. E Katoni. #12939
Identifying Ferns of the Northeast
Learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 30 most common ferns native to the region. Examine the shape of fronds, spore-bearing leaves, leaf veins, and margins. Ferns will be illustrated by use of a herbarium, which allows for up-close views.
CE-GRDN 2053, 1 Wed., Apr. 11, 7:00-9:30 pm, $65 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Penziner. #12379
Great Native Plants for Containers
Invite nature to your yard, patio, or balcony with container plantings. Learn which native plants grow successfully in containers and attract butterflies, beneficial insects, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
CE-GRDN 2057, 1 Wed., Apr. 25, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $80. K Eierman. #12429
Introduction to Insect Identification
Become familiar with the common insects that can be found in native plant garden and how they relate to the surrounding ecosystem. Learn the basics of invertebrate taxonomy and how to distinguish insects from other arthropods. Examine their habits, life cycles and habitat preferences.
CE-GRDN 2046, 1 Mon., Apr. 30, 7:00-9:30 pm, $65. L Forcella. #12430
Advanced Insect Identification
Move on to a more in-depth discussion of native insects of the Northeast. Featured species will be discussed in detail, particularly those associated with a healthy hardwood forest. Learn about the region’s ecosystems and how to create habitat niches in your own yard to attract beneficial insects, including native bee species. Prerequisite: Introduction to Insect Identification
CE-GRDN 2063, 2 M/T, May 7 & 8, 7:00-9:30 pm, $115. L Forcella. #12431
Advanced Plant Identification in the Field
Spend the class outdoors practicing the use of field guides and taxonomic plant identification keys. Prerequisite: Plant Identification in the Field or equivalent coursework in botany. Meet in the Stone Cottage Garden on the college campus. Dress appropriately for the weather. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide required.
CE-GRDN 2050, 1 Tues., May 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. J Schuler. #12432
The Go Native U Certificate Program is a collaborative effort between Westchester Community College and The Native Plant Center. A percentage of tuition supports the work of The Native Plant Center.
Environmental Education and Conservation
A Partnership between the College and Westmoreland Sanctuary
Westmoreland Sanctuary is a nature center and wildlife preserve located in Mt. Kisco, serving the Westchester community and beyond. Founded almost 60 years ago, its ever expanding tracts of land now consist of 640 acres of year-round beauty and 7.5 miles of the finest hiking trails in Westchester. It’s a place where wild bird and animal life flourish; a place where native flowers, shrubs, plants and trees are cherished, protected and preserved. It’s also a place to simply come, enjoy and reconnect with nature, and maybe even yourself.
The health of our environment and natural world depends on a committed generation of today to pass the torch of appreciation, understanding, and respect of the natural world to future generations. Central to Westmoreland Sanctuary’s mission is offering environmental education and conservation programs to all. While touching the lives of 12,000 young students each year with certified environmental programming, the Westmorland staff also conducts programs for adults that are both wide and varied. To learn more, please visit: www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org.
All classes below are held onsite at Westmoreland Sanctuary,
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco
Winter Tree Identification
Learn how to identify trees without leaves using habitat, bark, branching, and more. We’ll join the instructor for a hike on trails to practice identifying techniques. The benefits of each species will be explored, and the pros and cons of different field guides will be discussed. Please dress for the outdoors; binoculars are helpful, but not required.
CE-SCI 2043, 1 Sat. Jan. 20, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, $25. S Ricker. #12923
Guided Hike: Animal Tracks and Signs
One of the easiest ways to know what is going on in the woods and your neighborhood is to take advantage of the tracks left in snow or mud and other signs animals leave behind. Learn to tell a rabbit track from that of a squirrel, and a coyote from a dog. Everyone will also get the opportunity to make a plaster cast of a local animal’s tracks. Please dress for the weather.
CE-SCI 2036, 1 Sat., Feb. 17, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $25 (+ $2 plaster track fee, payable to instructor). S Ricker. #12920
Maple Sugaring Basics
Step back in time as we discover how maple sap is turned into maple syrup. Learn the techniques of maple sugaring. Enjoy the unique combination of history, plant science, and culinary arts during this workshop.
CE-SCI 2042, 1 Sat., Mar. 17, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, $25. S Ricker. #12921
A unique learning activity! Participate as staff use mist nets and other techniques to safely capture wild birds, then assist as they identify each bird, record its age and sex, and carefully place a numbered band on the bird before it is released. Allows participants to see what scientists do to study birds. Please dress for the weather.
CE-SCI 2035, 1 Sat., Apr. 28, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $25. S Ricker. #12922
Westmoreland Sanctuary Wilderness Survival Certificate
New! Wilderness Survival and Preparedness Certification
Want to know what you need in case of a sudden wilderness emergency? Would you be able to make a basic shelter or build a fire if needed? Can you navigate out of the woods without a GPS or phone? Do you want to know how to preform lifesaving skills when medical help is not immediately available? Come learn all these skills and more firsthand in a natural environment. Come to Westmoreland Sanctuary and learn some basic wilderness survival skills. Those interested can also pursue Wilderness and Remote First Aid Certification as well as the Survival and Preparedness Certificate. Participants who would like the Red Cross certification will be required to attend all classes and must present the instructor with proof of current CPR certification.
CE-CERTS 2049, 5 Sun., Jan. 28, Feb. 11 & 25, Mar. 11 & 25, Apr. 7 and 3 Sat., Apr. 7 & 21 & May 5, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $250 (+ $35 for Red Cross Certification, payable to instructor at end of course). S Sciame. #13102
All classes above are held onsite at Westmoreland Sanctuary,
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco