Peabody Museum to offer Coastal Certificate Program

The Peabody Museum of Natural History is sponsoring a certificate-earning program that will focus on the latest environmental issues facing Long Island Sound.

The initiative, “Sound Gardening: Sustainable Landscaping for Clean Waters and a Healthy Long Island Sound,” is offered through a special partnership with the University of Connecticut. It will award a Coastal Certificate and Advanced Master Gardener credits upon completion of the program. Members of the public are welcome to participate.

The program is offered to those who wish to familiarize themselves with current environmental issues unique to our coastal waters and Long Island Sound, while learning about ways to landscape more sustainably. The program will address how and why the transition to sustainable landscapes is not just a good idea, but a global environmental imperative. The Coastal Certificate is designed to generate ambassadors of alternatives to nutrient and chemically intensive landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents.

The outreach component will be geared specifically to spreading the word about sustainable landscaping through projects, educational materials, and other creative ideas. The program will feature speakers that address ways to reduce or rethink lawns, create plant habitats that attract birds and pollinating insects, design for sustainability using native plants, and share tools and resources for effective outreach. The field trip will relate to class topics and be local to the workshop location. Participants must attend all classes and complete 10 hours of approved outreach activities to receive the Coastal Certificate. Reading resources will be provided. Classes will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23; Thursday, April 25; Tuesday, April 30; and Thursday, May 2.

To register, visit the UConn Master Gardening Program website. For more information, send an email to judy.preston@uconn.edu.

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