Land Ethics Symposium

 Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping

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


Delaware Valley College

Life Sciences Building
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 Featured Speakers

Michael Catania, Duke Farms

Michael Fleischacker, Delaware Valley College

Kelly Gill, Xerces Society

Michael Van Clef, Ecological Solutions

Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries



2015 Symposium Sponsors

This year we are proud to partner with County of Bucks, Office of Commissioners and Delaware Valley College to present the 15th annual  Land Ethics Symposium. 

Thank you Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor


Bucks County, Office of Commissioners


Presenting Sponsor

Delaware Valley College, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science


Premier Sponsors

Longwood Gardens

Paul W. Steinbeiser, Inc. Landscape Design & Construction


Partner Sponsors


Aquascapes Unlimited, Inc. (Native Wetland Plant Nursery)


Charlesworth•Fleischacker Landscape Architects

Ernst Conservation Seeds

North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery 

Pinelands Nursery & Supply

Princeton Hydro, LLC



Association of Professional Landscape Designers, PA - DE Chapter

Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation


For information about sponsorship opportunities in 2016, please email Development Director Angela Jacobsen or call (215) 862-2924.

2015 Symposium Brochure and Online Registration

Our Symposium brochure will reach mailboxes by the first week of January. All past attendees will be sent a brochure.

If you would like to receive a brochure by mail or update your contact information, contact us at: or (215) 862-2924.

Click the link below to download a PDF of the Symposium brochure:

2015 Online Registration

Online Registration is now OPEN!

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2015 Registration Fees:

$149 - Early Bird Registration (submitted by February 12)

$179 - Regular Registration (submitted between February 13 and March 4)

$99 - Fulltime student (include copy of ID)

* Registration and payment must be completed by March 4, 2015.

Continuing Education Credits

The following CEUs are available:

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

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

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) – 5 CEUs

Land Ethics Award

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 are not available and can be found on our Land Ethics Award page.


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.


2014 Award Winners

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