Header Photo by Ethan Dropkin

Registration for this Module is now closed (registration closes 24 hours prior to each live Module start time).

If you are registered and have technical difficulties just before or during the session, please contact Cindy Tosone, Arboretum Office Coordinator at Connecticut College Arboretum: ctosone@conncoll.edu or 860-439-5020.  



33rd Annual Symposium

Module 2 | The City as Habitat

Virtually held on:
Friday, January 21, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 PM EST*
*This module is the second of four Symposium module dates and can be purchased individually or as part of the Full Bundle. For more details see the Symposium brochure or Full Bundle page below.

Cosponsored by

Landscape designers who successfully employ an ecology-based approach typically draw from a variety of sources. The inextricable link between people and ecology only increases the need to broaden the investigative lens. Join us as we explore the integration of "ecology-based" design with "people-based" factors, including the lingering effects of historic land use and the need to accommodate diverse cultural perspectives on the meaning of "ecology."

This program is geared toward landscape professionals in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

CEUs: APLD, ASLA/LACES, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, ISA, NOFA, PNLA 
CEU Summary Sheet.pdf (instructions & details)

View the Symposium brochure

Full Bundle page

Registration closes 24 hours prior to the live session start time. 
Attendee materials - including session recordings - will not be for sale after this time.
Registration will be refunded only if notification is received before ten (10) working days prior to the event less a 10% processing fee.


The course materials and Zoom details will become available 24 hours prior to the each live session start time. Login or check your email at that time to access.


Ethan Dropkin, MLA, landscape designer at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA), has an extensive understanding of native plants and their effective use in the designed landscape. Prior to joining LWLA, Ethan worked as a designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, as a horticultural designer and technician for Cornell University, and as a horticulturist for the New York City Parks Department. Ethan has a MA in Landscape Architecture, and a MPS in Horticulture from Cornell University.

Gena Wirth, RLA, is Design Principal at SCAPE. She works with cities, community advocates, and landowners to reveal the ecological and cultural potential of public landscapes. As Design Principal, Gena translates research into practice and leads the design of complex urban landscapes, including public and private waterfronts, regional trail systems, parks, plazas, and resilience plans.

Sara Zewde, RLA, is founding principal of Studio Zewde, a design firm in New York City practicing landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art. The studio is devoted to creating enduring places where people belong. Parallel to practice, Sara serves as Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Registration Fees

Regular Rate:

Full Bundle, Modules 1-4 | $180 if received by Dec. 20, 2021

Full Bundle, Modules 1-4 | $200 if received after Dec. 20, 2021

Individual Modules | $50 per module if received by Dec. 20, 2021

Individual Modules | $60 per module if received after Dec. 20, 2021

Student Rate*:

Full Bundle, Modules 1-4 | $100 if received by Dec. 20, 2021

Full Bundle, Modules 1-4 | $125 if received after Dec. 20, 2021

Individual Modules | $25 per module if received by Dec. 20, 2021

Individual Modules | $32 per module if received after Dec. 20, 2021

*For student rate, please email verification of student status including date (ie. student ID, course schedule) to info@ndal.org. You will then receive a coupon to register with the discounted fee.


  • Recording: If I register, 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 to all registrants for three months after the live session ends. 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?

    No, recordings will not be available for purchase after registration closes.

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

    Zoom Webinar. Please make sure to download the Zoom application (https://zoom.us/download) 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. All instructors will use slide presentations. If you have any technical difficulties during the session and need to contact us, please contact Cindy Tosone at ctosone@conncoll.edu or 860-439-5020.

Symposium Team Contact

Registration & NDAL Course Portal Questions:

Sara Weaner
Executive Director
New Directions in the American Landscape

Symposium Program & Student Scholarship Questions:

Maggie Redfern
Assistant Director
Connecticut College Arboretum

Live Event Questions (during the live session):

Cindy Tosone
Arboretum Office Coordinator
Connecticut College Arboretum


Other Symposium Modules

MODULE 1  | Ecological Systems Include People

MODULE 3 | Ecology and Landscape Design: A Reciprocal Relationship

MODULE 4 | Sculpture, Choreography, and the Integration of Landscape and Art

FULL BUNDLE (Modules 1-4)

Photo by Larry Weaner