Land Ethics Symposium



Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping


15th Annual Symposium:
Thursday, March 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Delaware Valley College
Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Stay ahead of the curve with innovative ideas & successful solutions from experienced landscape practitioners.




Networking opportunities with colleagues

Symposium Overview

Aldo Leopold asked us all to consider ourselves as citizens of the land, and not conquerors, whenever we sought to use or change it. This “Land Ethic” was meant to guide us in protecting our most precious natural resources. 

Open to all professionals and property owners with an interest in sustainable design and land management, the Land Ethics Symposium features relevant and thought-provoking presentations by regional and national experts. The Symposium focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes with native plants and restoration techniques.
The event will be held on the beautiful grounds of Delaware Valley College – easily accessible by car or SEPTA. 
Continuing Education Credits are available. A selection of topical books are for sale throughout the event.



2015 Symposium Sponsors

This year we are proud to have Delaware Valley College as a Premiere Sponsor of the Land Ethics Symposium. 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, email Development Director Angela Jacobsen or call (215) 862-2924.

2015 Featured Speakers

Michael Catania, Duke Farms

Kelly Gill, Xerces Society

Michael Fleischacker, Delaware Valley College

Michael Van Clef, Ecological Solutions

Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries



2014 LES Presenting Sponsor

2014 Symposium Sponsors

Thank you Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor

County of Bucks, Office of Commissioners


Premier Sponsor

Paul W. Steinbeiser, Inc. Landscape Design & Construction

Partner Sponsors

American Native Nursery

Aquascapes Unlimited Inc.

Ernst Conservation Seeds, Inc.

North Creek Nurseries, Inc. 

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery

Pinelands Nursery & Supply

Princeton Hydro, LLC

Quercus Studio, LLC



Delaware Valley College - Department of Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Foundation

The George Washington University - Landscape Design and Sustainable Landscape Programs



Continuing Education Credits

Anticipated 2015 CEUs:

Pennsylvania State Board of Landscape Architects – 5 LA Continuing Education clock hours

BHWP is a LA CES™ approved provider (for NJ-ASLA) – 5 CEUs

New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals (CNLP) – 5 CEUs

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) – 5 CEUs

Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association recertifications:
 - Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) – 5 CEUs

Land Ethics Award

Who were the recipients of the prestigious 2014 Land Ethics Award?  Check out our Land Ethics Award page to find out!


We are very excited to introduce a new way to recognize excellence in sustainable ecological design: the Land Ethics Award.


Purpose of Award:

The Land Ethics Award honors and recognizes individuals, organizations, government agencies, community groups and business professionals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of native plants and have exhibited a strong land ethic while promoting sustainable designs that protect the environment.


Who is eligible for nomination:

Nominations may be private individuals, businesses, design professionals including landscape architects and site engineers, conservation and preservation organizations and local, state and federal agencies involved with environmental protection. School groups may also be nominated for relevant team projects.  Applications will be available after November 4, 2014.


2015 Judging/Selection Process:

The recipient will be selected by a jury of professionals in the field of preservation and conservation. Nomination deadline is JANUARY 15, 2015.  Selections should be made by mid-February, 2015. The Land Ethics Award will be presented at the Land Ethics Symposium on March 12, 2015.