University of Maryland Extension

MN workshops 2

May 29, 2014


For Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. Listings on this page are approved Master Naturlist workshops. (For a complete list of all MG and MN workshops go to:

Workshops will be located in the Stamp Student Union and the Plant Sciences Building.

When known, presentation level is indicated: (B=Beginning) (I=Intermediate) (All=All levels) (A=Advanced) (MN=approved for Master Naturalist)

Please pick a first and second choice in each time period (Sessions 1, 2, and 3) and indicate them on your registration form using both the number and the letter (i.e. 1A, 2B, 3C etc).

9:15-10:15 KEYNOTE: "Why We Need Bees" - Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D UMD Research Scientist.

Leading apiarist and U. of MD Research Scientist Dennis vanEngelsdorp will look at these gentle, misunderstood creature's importance in agricultural and natural ecosystems and the alarming evidence of their "mysterious" decline.  He will cover the latest theories behind honey bee losses, the evidence supporting these theories, and present ways in which all of us can help ensure a robust and health pollinator supply in our own communities.

SESSION I workshops
SESSION II workshops

SESSION III workshops

10:30-12 noon  SESSION I workshops

1A MN Creating Pollinator-Friendly Yards: hands-on learning activities that can engage the public in restoring pollinator habitat in their own communities Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D. UMD Research Scientist and Carin Celebuski, Volunteer Coordinator, Campus Arboretum.

How do you engage the public to encourage pollinator friendly habitats in their communities?  Learn how to invite pollinators into your communities by creating pollinator gardens, native bee nest boxes and display kits. Make pollinator seed “bombs”, and learn about other resources. There will also be a chance for open discussion and Q&A about bees. (All)

1C MN What a Warming World Means for Pest Outbreaks. Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., is a professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland at College Park and Science Channel Expert.

We will review evidence of climate and change and explore possible causes. We will see how warmer temperatures can alter ranges of pests, seasonal phenology of insects and mites, and interactions among plants, herbivores, and their natural enemies. Special emphasis will be placed on urban heat islands. (All)

1P MN Discovering the Mysteries of Bird Migration. Gwen Brewer, Ph.D. Science Program Manager for the Natural Heritage Program, Wildlife and Heritage Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The migration of birds has fascinated bird watchers and researchers alike for centuries.  The amazing journeys of birds have been chronicled in song, poetry, and film, but how do they do it?  This talk will summarize what we know about bird migration today. (A)

1Q MN An Overview of Maryland’s Varied Geology. Martin Schmidt, author and teacher, McDonogh School.

This session will be a synopsis of the geology of Maryland - the landforms, the underlying rocks & their structure, and a bit on the long history that put it all together.  Maryland has a quite diverse geology, so there's plenty to talk about & look at with maps - we'll do a quick tour of the basics. Speaker will also always happy to learn of places you have found of geologic interest in your naturalist travels. (B-I)

12:00- 1:00 PM    LUNCH

Lots of vendors this year will be offering native plants, fruit and vegetable plants, planters, books, crafts, jewelry, photographs, note cards, seeds and more. Book signings by authors.

1:15-2:45 PM  SESSION II workshops

2A MN Bees, Pollinators and Neonicotinoids: Expected and unexpected consequences in landscapes. Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., is a professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland at College Park and Science Channel Expert.

Insecticides are important tools for pest management. In recent years, insecticide applications have received national attention for their effects on non-target organisms. Misapplications and correct applications of insecticides can have unexpected and sometimes deleterious effects on non-target organisms. We will review the science underlying non-target effects and review several case studies where insecticide applications affected populations and communities of non-target organisms. (All)

2C MN Native Ground Covers, Janet Davis, Owner, Hill House Farm and Nursery.  

Covering Your Tracks:  Excellent native plant ground "covers" and how to use them. Typically, the term "groundcover" refers to low-growing, evergreen plants, often non-native species that are employed under trees or other structures--often with disastrous and invasive results.  In this lecture we will broaden that old stale meaning of groundcover, and discover how many of our hardest working native plants can enrich our landscapes by "covering ground" in some of our most difficult garden situations.  You'll be pleasantly surprised by the choices and delighted by the resulting habitat you create when choosing and planting these native plants.  (B-I)

2F MN Ecology of Oaks and Acorns. Bill McShea, Ph.D., wildlife ecologist for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute at Front Royal, Virginia.

Oak forests are very important for wildlife. Learn how an oak forest works and research on ways we can solve some of the human/animal conflicts and conserve biodiversity to bring our forests back into balance. (I)

2P MN A Look at Nature’s Puzzle. Alonso Abugattas, Natural Resource Manager, Arlington County Parks, VA.  

Although nature is incredibly diverse, it also is intricately interconnected. While we certainly don’t know how all the pieces fit, we can have some informative fun trying to put them together.  Join us for an interesting look at how our local pieces of the nature puzzle fit together, focusing on our native flora. Get a peek at just how interdependent our insects, plants, other wildlife, and even humans can be and try to put together some parts of our local nature puzzle. Take a look at host plants, ethnobotany, and other wildlife interactions. You may not look at our natural world the same way again. (B)

2Q MN Snakes of Maryland. Ray Bosmans, President of the Mid Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society.

Learn all about common Maryland snakes, their habits and habitats. Live snakes with “hands-on” possibilities. (B)

3:00-4:30 PM   SESSION III workshops

3A MN The Forest Unseen. David George Haskell, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, University of the South, and author. FEATURED PRESENTATION

Learn how the speaker’s research and study on one square meter of forest for one year contains amazing revelations for our past, present and future. “Invite a great rush of wonder into your life” as you learn from Haskells’ personal and scientific insights. His research and teaching examine the evolution and conservation of animals, especially forest-dwelling birds and invertebrates. (All)

3B MN Top Plant Picks for Pollinator. Connie Schmotzer, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension, York Co.  

Our pollinators are currently threatened by a number of factors, including lack of nutritious floral resources. Although many plants are available for gardens, they are not all equal when it comes to availability of pollen and nectar. To determine which plants are more attractive to pollinators, Penn State Extension began Bees, Bugs and Blooms, a trial which includes 84 species of native plants and some of their cultivars. This presentation details the current results of the trial. (B-I)

3D MN Climate Change and the Gardener: Sara Via, Ph.D., ecologist and evolutionary biologist, UMD.

Climate change is already affecting gardening by altering temperature and rainfall patterns. Gardeners can increase their success in this changing climate by planting heat- and drought-tolerant varieties as well as by planning for flooding, drought and a probable increase of invasive pests. At the same time, gardeners can be part of the climate change solution by adopting some easy climate-friendly practices. By providing local sources of food and the opportunity to enjoy and experience outdoor spaces, gardens will be more important than ever as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. (B)  

3F MN Native Shrub Propagation. Sara Tangren, Ph.D., MG Trainer and Carin Celebuski, Volunteer Coordinator, Campus Arboretum.

Shrub propagation can be a rewarding part of your gardening and extension work.  In this class we'll discuss seed collection and stratification, cutting methods, air layering, and division. You'll leave class with everything you need to know to start growing your own shrubs and vines! (I)

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