WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

Wednesday Schedule for 2017

FYI – Full Conference Registration consists of Thursday and Friday (June 8 and 9). Wednesday, June 7, and Saturday, June 10 are add-on options.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • 7:00am – 8:00am — Registration in the lobby of the Student Memorial Center (SMC) at Millersville University
  • 7:00am – 9:00am — Breakfast $5 (a la carte) in Gordonier Hall
  • 7:30am – 11:30am — Field Trip:  Invasive Weed Walk led by Kathy Salisbury.  Cost $60 per person, limit 25 participants. During this morning workshop we will examine the identifying characteristics of various invasive plants, discuss their natural history as well as their prevention and management including the use of mechanical, biological and chemical controls. This walk will take place at Silver Mine Park. Price includes transportation from Millersville University to the site and back. This field trip will occur rain or shine, be prepared to be outside and dress accordingly. Attendees will:  examine identifying characteristics of invasive plants, understand prevention measures to keep from introducing invasive plants, explore IPM methods for invasive plant management.
  • 8:30am – 4:30pm — Workshop:  The Nature of Drawing VII – Creating a Naturalist’s Sketchbook led by Preston Montague. Cost $95 per person, limit 15 participants. Join artist and landscape designer, Preston Montague, for an exciting workshop that introduces basic drawing and observation techniques for creating accurate, evocative, and vibrant sketches. Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this foundation course focuses on the tools and techniques that Preston uses to capture those moments in nature that inspire him. Participants will leave the workshop having developed new ways of seeing and documenting that will enhance their ability to communicate their love of nature for a lifetime. Lunch is included with workshop fee. Please bring the following: sketchbook, #2 pencils, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, and any other art supplies you would like to use. Attendees will:  learn basic drawing skills, learn visual communication strategies, gain an increase in self-awareness.
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm — Lunch $9.50 (a la carte) in Gordonier Hall.
  • 12:30pm – 4:30pm — Field Trip:  Kayak Tour of the Susquehanna River led by Shank’s Mare Outfitters. Cost $30 per person, plus $30 per person for kayak rental (if needed) and $10 per person for life vest rental (if needed). Limit 30 participants, minimum of 10 participants to run trip. Join us for this guided kayak tour of the Susquehanna River, led by Shanks Mare Outfitters, followed by an ice cream treat! James Brown (New Moon Nursery) and Kathy Salisbury (Penn State Extension) will be on hand to assist with plant identification. Attendees will carpool to the site (approximately 30 minutes from Millersville PA). Tandem kayaks are available for rental at a rate of $30/person or you may bring your own kayak/paddle. Kayak rental includes PFD (life vest), whistle and paddle. If you bring your own kayak/paddle, a life vest is required and can be rented for $10 if needed.
  • 12:30pm – 4:30pm — Workshop:  The Path of Plant Propagation, From Ecotype to South Africa led by Amy Hoeschel, Maddie Maynor, and Victoria Bolden. Cost $60 per person, limit 24 participants. Native plants are becoming a more familiar sight on retail benches and in our designed landscapes. As interest in native plants grows, what goes into propagating native plants on a larger scale? Where do many of our native plants start their journey? North Creek’s production team will navigate participants through the detailed progression of sourcing, propagating, growing and eventually delivering native plants to the market. From seed and un-rooted cuttings (URC’s) to bare root and vegetative divisions to tissue culture (TC) –this workshop will dig deep into the world of perennial propagation, plant health and how this all impacts what plants are available to the trade! Attendees should bring a pair of pruners or scissors with them. Attendees will:  learn propagation of native perennials by unrooted cuttings and divisions, learn tissue culture techniques and the necessary inputs, and learn seed collecting, cleaning, treating and sowing.
  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm — Dinner Trip. Cost $55 per person, limit 80 participants. John Wright Restaurant, located in Wrightsville, PA along the Susquehanna River, will host our 2017 off-site dinner. A property tour, discussing history of the foundry site and native plant borders, will be followed by dinner and drinks. Chef Jim Switzenberg will demonstrate cooking techniques using locally foraged materials as guests enjoy a wood-fired pizza buffet and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Price includes food, 2 drinks, and transportation to and from Millersville University. Join us for this relaxing evening at a beautiful venue.