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2017 INLS Symposium Registration and Schedule

Schedule of Events

INLS Schedule is in development and subject to change.  Check back for updates.  Click here for more details on talk topics and bios for booked speakers.


Special Event|March 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm|Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY

Prospect Park Alliance: 30 Years of Restoring Brooklyn’s Olmsted Masterwork-A Benefit for Stewart Park

The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is sponsoring a benefit presentation by Prospect Park Alliance Vice-President and Landscape Architect Christian Zimmerman, FASLA, about the restoration of Prospect Park, a romantic 19th Century public park located in Brooklyn.  Christian has kindly agreed to present an illustrated overview of the Prospect Park Alliance’s 30 year park restoration effort, both as a benefit for Friends of Stewart Park and to inform our efforts to Revitalize Stewart Park for its 2021 Centennial Celebration.  The event is open to the public, and we invite all INLS attendees to attend this special event at no additional cost.  Please simply select the event as an added option within the registration process for INLS if you plan to attend.  See the Friends of Stewart Park website for full details on the organization, and the event.  Please note that INLS attendees do not need to purchase tickets through the Friends of Stewart Park event page.  Registration for INLS attendees is complimentary and managed through the INLS registration process, or by emailing us at

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017

8:00am  Registration, coffee, snacks


Creating Habitat Heroes Across the Nation

Catherine Zimmerman|Author/Director of The Meadow Project


The Role of Plants in Soil Development: From the Naturalized to the Designed Landscape

Tara Mitchell|Landscape Architect at Commonwealth of Massachusetts




Lesson Learned in Sustainable Remediation Incorporating Ecological Restoration

Dr. Tony Eallonardo|Scientist of Plant Ecology and Ecosystem Restoration at O'Brien & Gere


Lunch on the town


Stewart Park Revitalization/Understanding and Managing the Canada Goose Population in Stewart Park

Heidi Henrichs|Graduate Research Assistant at Cornell University

Rick Manning|ASLA; Executive Director, Friends of Stewart Park

2:30 -3:30pm 

Addressing Invasive Species in a Changing World: A New York State Perspective

Carrie Brown-Lima|Director NY Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University


Coffee break


Prospect Park’s New Lakeside Center: 26 Acres of Shoreline Restoration, Island Creation, Green Roof, Historic Preservation and Contemporary Design
Christian Zimmerman|FASLA, Vice President of Capital and Landscape Management; Prospect Park Alliance


Evening Happy Hour with Presenters

SATURDAY, March 11, 2017


Registration, coffee and snacks


Creating a Bird Friendly Yard

Dr. Janet Allen|President and Co-Founder of Habitat Gardening in Central New York (HGCNY)


Promoting a More Comprehensive Approach to Climate-Adaptive Design

Dr. Josh Cerra|Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University


Coffee break


11:15- 12:15pm 

Woodland Restoration and Recreation of Historic Water Course Through Prospect Park
Christian Zimmerman|FASLA, Vice President of Capital and Landscape Management; Prospect Park Alliance



INLS guests can walk to a number of great restaurants on the Ithaca Commons for a fantastic boxed lunch to bring back to the theatre for the film screening.  Check out options here.

Special Event|Hometown Habitat-Stories of Bringing Nature Home|Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY



Film Screening

Hometown Habitat-Stories of Bringing Nature Home|Directed by Catherine Zimmerman|Featuring Doug Tallamy



Creating Meadows Using Simple Techniques that Work

Catherine Zimmerman|Author/Director of The Meadow Project


A View from the Production Side of the Native Plant Industry

Dan Segal|Owner of Plantsmen Nursery, Program Coordinator

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