Workforce Development and Community Education: Spring 2023

25 | COVID-19 vaccination requirements for in-person classes at Textbook Required GO NATIVE U SPRING 2023 CLASSES Classes and Certificate Program in Gardening with Native Plants Go Native U at SUNY Westchester Community College offered 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. Students can enroll in single classes or pursue a certificate in Sustainable Gardening with Native Plants, which consists of 50 contact hours (18-hours/core courses, 17-hours/electives, and 15-hours/community service) plus a final exam. To register for these courses, please call 914-606-6830 and press 1 or register online at Go Native U Core Courses IN-PERSON Northeastern Native Trees and Shrubs Explore the best native trees and shrubs for this region and how to establish them in a landscape. CE-GRDN 2009, 2 Sat., Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 12:00-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $93. C Summers. #20081 IN-PERSON 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. 4, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-4, $57. P Butter. #20080 REMOTE 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. 25, 10:00 am–12:00 noon, $57. K Eierman. #20056 Go Native U Electives REMOTE Introduction to Landscape Design Learn the introductory steps to site analysis and approaches to landscape design. Use sketching to engage your imagination and to communicate design options. Evaluate the strengths of each design. Students are required to bring to the first session a project idea or an unfinished project. Design options, completed by students at home, will be reviewed in the second session. Contact for supply list. CE-GRDN 2124, 2 Wed., Feb. 1 & 8, 9:00 am–12:00 noon, $133. S Cioffi. #20220 NEW! IN-PERSON Native Wildflower Seed-Sowing Workshop Learn hands-on how to grow native wildflowers from seed. Become familiar with winter dormancy, how to coax the seeds to life, and concepts such as stratification. Bring two approximately two quart sized plastic containers with clear lids, and take home potted-up seeds planted in class. CE-GRDN 2140, 1 Sat., Feb. 11, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-4, $57. P Butter. #20389 NEW! IN-PERSON Winter Garden Field Walk Learn to identify herbaceous and woody plants in winter on a tour of The Native Plant Center ’s gardens. Class meets outdoors in the Lady Bird Johnson gardens. Park in Lot #1. Dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Native Plant Center sign on the east side of Parking Lot 1. Snow date Feb. 24th. CE-GRDN 2142, 1 Fri., Feb. 17, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $57. P Butter. #20388 IN-PERSON Best Practices for Garden Maintenance Discover 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 Sat., Feb. 25, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-4, $57. C Summers. #20082 REMOTE Creating a Bird-Friendly Garden Attracting birds to your landscape requires an ecological approach—different species have different requirements. Learn the best landscaping techniques and native plants that provide the food, shelter, and nesting sites birds depend on. CE-GRDN 2116, 1 Thurs., Mar. 2, 10:00 am–1:00 pm, $82. K Eierman. #20057 NEW! IN-PERSON Intro to Botanical Latin Plant Names Discover why botanical Latin terms are the preferred way of describing plants. Learn how to properly use, pronounce, and punctuate the names of native plants. CE-GRDN 2139, 1 Fri., Mar. 17, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-4, $57. P Butter. #20404 REMOTE 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 Thurs., Mar. 23, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $82. K Eierman. #20058 NEW! IN-PERSON Weeds 101 Weeds! Lurking as seeds or underground stems, they perpetually aggravate gardeners of all skill levels. Learn some of the most common spring weeds and how to manage them before they get out of hand. Bring a weed to class for us to identify and/or discuss! CE-GRDN 2141, 1 Thurs., Mar. 23, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-4, $57. D Himmelman. #20405 REMOTE The Pollinator Victory Garden Many pollinator species have suffered serious declines, and many landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat. With simple strategies, you can attract and support an array of pollinators and help reverse their decline. CE-GRDN 2088, 1 Wed., Apr. 19, 10:00 am–1:00 pm, $82. K Eierman. #20078