Presenters: Veronica Tyson Strait & Angela Kyle

Randall’s Island, located next to Manhattan, is well known as a home for numerous public institutions, and as a destination for sports and outdoor music events. That said, most New Yorkers are unaware that it is also home to many acres of wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and ornamental gardens that create beauty and sanctuary on a landscape that is surrounded on all sides by the bustle of New York City. In this presentation Veronica will show how native gardens were planted to enhance biodiversity and create greater access for the highly diverse surrounding community. 

The act of shaping the built environment has historically been the domain of the few and the privileged. Angela Kyle will show examples from her work in New Orleans, Louisiana and Pensacola, Florida, using play and experiential learning to shape child-friendly environments, and invite young people and under-represented communities to the table. She will also illustrate how she has used personal history and narrative to engage Black residents in the restoration of cultural landscapes historically significant to the African-American community. 

Date & Time: Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1:30 - 3:45 PM ET* 

Location: Virtual

Fee: $58

Event Category: Professional 

CEUs: APLD (2), ASLA/LACES (2), NOFA (2)
See here for CEU instructions.

Register by: 3 months after the live session date

*The session will be recorded and viewable to registrants for 3 months after the live session date.



Registration is open and recording is viewable for 3 months after the live session date.


Veronica Tyson-Strait is a landscape and garden designer, horticulturist, educator, and fine artist with a passion for ecological diversity and spaces that provide opportunities for reflection, wellness, and sustenance. She currently manages the horticulture staff at Randal’s Island Park Alliance and oversees the restoration and upkeep of native plant meadows, a woodland landscape, ornamental gardens, and Greenstreet plantings. Veronica also teaches classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. She holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture and studied at the New York Botanical Gardens.

Angela Kyle, MBA, MSRED, a native of the Gulf South, has worked in the urban design and planning arenas as an executive and a consultant for firms including Gehl, SCAPE, and SvN. As a social entrepreneur she co-founded PlayBuild, a placemaking non-profit in New Orleans focused on transforming vacant lots into playgrounds. In 2021 she founded Jennie’s Legacy to promote the Black history of the iconic Pensacola waterway, Carpenter’s Creek, and to advocate for the equitable restoration of this cultural landscape, which has been associated with her family since the early 1900s.


  • Recording: Will this course be recorded for me to view later? Do I have to attend the live session in order to access the recording?

    The entire course will be recorded and available (not downloadable) to all registrants after the live session ends for three (3) months. If you are registered, you do not need to attend the live session in order to access the recording.

  • Recording: Can I purchase only the recording later?

    You can register for 3 months past the live session date, and access the materials - including the recording - until that point.

  • Webinar Platform: Which webinar platform will the live session be held on?

    Zoom Webinar. Please make sure to download the Zoom application ( and download the latest Zoom update if needed prior to the live course. We recommend that you join at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. The instructor will use PowerPoint presentations. *If you have any technical difficulties during the session and need to contact us, please email Sara Weaner, NDAL Executive Director, at instead of calling.*

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): How do I receive the CEUs?

    As this is considered a live course, those seeking ASLA/LACES CEUs must watch the session and complete the quiz on the Portal by *two weeks* after the live session date. Ensure that your Portal profile indicates ASLA/LACES under the CEU section and email if you make any changes to your profile CEU section. You will then receive an email with your completion certificate within 3-4 weeks. || For APLD & NOFA CEUs, please self-report to those organizations using your registration confirmation email.