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NDAL Webinar: Traditional Indigenous Knowledge and Ecological Science

July 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm

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This is part of the live, 2022 Summer Virtual & In-Person Education Series, for home gardeners, educators, students and professionals presented by New Directions in the American Landscape and cosponsored by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Join this seasons accomplished group of presenters for an exploration on the avenues for expanding the practice of landscape design as some present virtually while others will guide In the Field sessions in various locations through out the U.S. Virtual presentations will take a deep dive into the focus on the artistic, social and ecological considerations that can inform landscape design, while In the Field sessions will observe and analyze the real world results of various ecology-based landscape approaches. This series will take place June - August 2022.

Learn more and register for the entire series on NDAL's website.​

Individual Session (Virtual): Traditional Indigenous Knowledge and Ecological Science: A Restorative Pairing

Wednesday, July 6, 1:30 – 3:45 p.m. CST

Taught in part by both Chelsey Geralda Armstrong and Alejandro Frid, Chelsey will begin by first showing how ecological and anthropogenic forces have long interacted in complex ways, forming many of the landscapes we observe today. A great example is the Indigenous Peoples forest gardens of the Pacific Northwest. Chelsey will illustrate how these historically-managed ecosystems – dominated by edible fruit, nut, and berry-producing trees and shrubs – have affected seemingly “natural” forest communities today. She will also show how descendant communities are seeking to re-integrate these ecosystems into their livelihoods.

Alejandro will then widen the lens and look at how indigenous knowledge and ecological science can complement each other in ways that improve our understanding of past, present, and future ecosystems. He will illustrate how the pairing of these two knowledge systems can assist ecological restoration efforts, as well as help us avert the worst of our current, and very pressing, climate change and biodiversity crises.

Speaker: Chelsey Geralda Armstrong & Alejandro Frid

Register at NDAL

$58 per person
This course is part of the 2022 Summer Education Series.

Questions? Email Sara Weaner at NDAL


July 6
1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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