Native Plant Symposium
The 6th Annual Native Plant Symposium will be held March 18, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Chattanooga. The Symposium was created with both casual and experienced gardeners and landscapers in mind. You will leave with practical tips on natural landscaping and plant selection. After this symposium, you will know how to put what you've learned into practice. The symposium schedule includes FOUR speaker presentations:
- Planting in a Post-Wild World with Claudia West, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World
- Challenges to Using Native Plants in Commercial and Residential Design: A Landscape Architect's Perspective with Steve Sanchez, Landscape Architect, HGOR
- Practical Considerations in Native Plant Landscapes with Mike Berkley, owner of GroWild Nursery
- Native Plants and Sustainable Landscapes with Rick Huffman, BLA, EarthDesigns
The Symposium will be held at the UTC University Center, a spacious, uncrowded, accessible venue with free and ample close-by parking. Claudia West's Planting in a Post-Wild World will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Nurseries will have native plants and artists will have artworks for sale. You can also browse the various Symposium topics-related exhibits by local organizations. Ample time is provided at midday and at the end of the day to visit exhibits and vendors. We hope that you will be inspired to create your own natural landscape and take home a door prize. Lunch is included
Certificate in Native Plants
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center in Chattanooga offers an annual Certificate in Native Plants Program! We’ve partnered with the Wild Ones Tennessee Valley Chapter and the Tennessee Native Plant Society to create an exciting curriculum!
Students can take one class to expand their knowledge base or complete the entire curriculum!
Completion of the Certificate in Native Plants will provide students with knowledge and skills that can be applied at home, in the community, and at work. The course setting will provide a common ground for native plant enthusiasts to meet and connect with others who share their interests. People who work with organizations or businesses that conserve or establish native plants might benefit from including the certificate on their resumes. For more information on the Certification of Native Plants program, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
Tennessee Naturalist Program
The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course offered at numerous locations across Tennessee, and designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a critical corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
The purpose of the TNP is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship, and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee's natural resources.
To become a Tennessee Naturalist, a person must complete a minimum of 40 hours instruction through one of the TNP training courses and perform a minimum of 40 hours volunteer service. Program costs may vary slightly by chapter but include all classes, study guides, course handouts, and some field guides.