Outreach Center offers certification, workshop programs

The URI Outreach Center will hold two certification programs and one workshop in the coming weeks for homeowners, volunteers and landscape professionals.

Invasive Plant Management Certification:

This program is intended for green industry professionals who work in coastal zones and leads to a two-year certification by the Coastal Resources Management Council.

The program covers CRMC regulations, the value of vegetative buffers, natural plant communities, the ecology of invasive species, landscape site assessment, invasive plant management plan development, control measures and plant removal, restorative planting and monitoring and maintenance.

The program will run over two days, March 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coastal Institute at the Bay Campus. The fee is $200 which includes training materials, two-year certification, certification card and breakfast and lunch both days.

For a $150 fee, participants can opt for the same course without the certification.

To register, visit http://www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/LR_IPMCP.html

Invasive Plant Recertification Class

An abbreviated course is offered for those who need to be recertified (having taken the full course in the past). The cost is $50 or $80 with a textbook, Invasive Plants. Two sessions will be held on Feb. 29 at the Coastal Institute, one from 9 a.m. to noon and one from 1-4 p.m. To register, visit http://www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/LR_IPMCP.html

RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program

On April 3, the URI Outreach Center will conduct a workshop on building and maintaining rain gardens. The workshop is aimed at both professionals in the green industry such as landscapers, landscape architects, municipal officials, design professionals and homeowners.

The $100 fee includes breakfast, lunch and training materials. Those taking the course and taking the take-home exam will receive a Certificate of Completion from the URI Cooperative Extension, certifying attendance at the full program and demonstrating understanding of basic principles of rain garden siting, design, installation and maintenance.

The workshop will be held at the East Providence Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register, visit http://www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/ResidentialRain_Program.html